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

May 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 26 is the 146th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 219 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 13, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,495,756,800 seconds 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 ‘hectatetracontahexagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 269 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 1,617 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 26 Historical Events

  • 1865
    American Civil War: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
  • 1868
    The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote.
  • 1906
    Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
  • 1908
    At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
  • 1986
    The European Community adopts the European flag.

Who were born on May 26?

  • 1689
    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (d. 1762)
  • 1867
    Mary of Teck, queen consort of George V of the United Kingdom (d. 1953)
  • 1930
    Karim Emami, Iranian translator (d. 2005)
  • 1939
    Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader (d. 1989)
  • 1979
    Elisabeth Harnois, American actress

Who died on May 26?

  • 1685
    Karl II, Elector Palatine (b. 1651)
  • 1924
    Victor Herbert, Irish composer (b. 1859)
  • 1974
    Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 2001
    Moven Enock Mahachi, Defence Minister of Zimbabwe (b. 1952)
  • 2006
    Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)

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