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What are the important events that happened on June 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

June 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 26 is the 178th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 13, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 407,472 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaheptacontaoctagon’ day.

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Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 216 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,283 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 26 Historical Events

  • 1284
    the legendary Pied Piper leads 130 children out of Hamelin, Germany
  • 1907
    The 1907 Tiflis bank robbery took place in Yerevan Square, now Freedom Square, Tbilisi.
  • 1909
    The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity.
  • 1918
    World War I, Western Front: Battle for Belleau Wood – Allied Forces under John J. Pershing and James Harbord defeat Imperial German Forces under Wilhelm, German Crown Prince.
  • 1977
    The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who is not a prostitute.

Who were born on June 26?

  • 1854
    Robert Laird Borden, Canadian politician (d. 1937)
  • 1904
    Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer (d. 1951)
  • 1915
    Charlotte Zolotow, American author
  • 1916
    Virginia Satir, American psychotherapist and author (d. 1988)
  • 1970
    Chris O'Donnell, American actor

Who died on June 26?

  • 1878
    Mercedes of Orleans, queen of Spain (b. 1860)
  • 1946
    Max Kögel, SS officer (b. 1895)
  • 1955
    Engelbert Zaschka, German helicopter pioneer (b. 1895)
  • 1958
    George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 2007
    Joey Sadler, All Black rugby player (b. 1914)

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