What happened this day in history June 26

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 177th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 13, 2019 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 433,752 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 ‘hectaheptacontaheptagon’ 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 213 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 2,378 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 26 Historical Events

  • 1541
    Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.
  • 1870
    The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
  • 1917
    The first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight alongside Britain and France against Germany in World War I.
  • 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.
  • 1927
    The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.
  • 1941
    World War II: Soviet planes bomb Kassa, Hungary (now Košice, Slovakia), giving Hungary the impetus to declare war the next day.
  • 1953
    Lavrentiy Beria,head of MVD, is arrested by Nikita Khrushchev and other members of the Politburo.
  • 1955
    The South African Congress Alliance adopts the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.
  • 1974
    The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
  • 2003
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

Who were born on June 26?

  • 1898
    Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer (d. 1978)
  • 1928
    Jacob Druckman, American composer (d. 1996)
  • 1928
    Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
  • 1938
    Billy Davis, Jr., American singer (The 5th Dimension)
  • 1963
    Richard Garfield, American game designer
  • 1969
    Mike Myers, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Nick Offerman, American actor
  • 1971
    Max Biaggi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1972
    Garou, Canadian singer
  • 1975
    Chris Armstrong, Canadian hockey player

Who died on June 26?

  • 1810
    Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor (b. 1740)
  • 1957
    Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
  • 1980
    Miriam Daly, Irish republican activist (b. 1928)
  • 1993
    Roy Campanella, American baseball player (b. 1921)
  • 1997
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959)
  • 2002
    Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Sir Denis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
  • 2003
    Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)
  • 2004
    Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • 2005
    Richard Whiteley, British television game show host (b. 1943)

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