What happened this day in history August 26

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

August 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 26 is the 239th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 127 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 13, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,640,000 minutes 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 ‘dihectatriacontaenneagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 170 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 2,805 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 26 Historical Events

  • 55
    Roman forces under Julius Caesar invade Great Britain.
  • 1429
    Joan of Arc makes a triumphant entry into Paris.
  • 1768
    Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.
  • 1818
    Illinois becomes the 21st state in the union of the United States.
  • 1821
    The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is oficially opened.
  • 1914
    World War I: the German colony of Togoland is invaded by French and British forces, who take it after 5 days.
  • 1966
    The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
  • 1978
    Sigmund Jähn becomes first German cosmonaut, on board Soyuz 31.
  • 1980
    John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, US.
  • 1999
    Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.

Who were born on August 26?

  • 1728
    Johann Heinrich Lambert, Swiss scientist (d. 1777)
  • 1865
    Arthur James Arnot, Scottish inventor (d. 1946)
  • 1941
    Barbet Schroeder, Swiss film director
  • 1941
    Chris Curtis, English singer and drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1941
    Jane Merrow, British actress
  • 1958
    Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist
  • 1961
    Daniel Lévi, French singer-songwriter, composer and pianist
  • 1975
    Tyler Connolly, Canadian singer
  • 1979
    Jamal Lewis, American football player
  • 1980
    Chris Pine, American actor

Who died on August 26?

  • 1214
    Michael IV, Patriarch of Constantinople
  • 1551
    Margaret Leijonhufvud, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1516)
  • 1810
    Santiago de Liniers, viceroy of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata (b. 1753)
  • 1930
    Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor (b. 1883)
  • 1946
    Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1956
    Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist (b. 1881)
  • 1974
    Charles Lindbergh, American aviator (b. 1902)
  • 1980
    Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • 2000
    Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist (b. 1939)
  • 2011
    John McAleese, British SAS Trooper, Team leader during 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege (b. 1949)

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