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
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.
The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
The first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight alongside Britain and France against Germany in World War I.
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.
The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.
World War II: Soviet planes bomb Kassa, Hungary (now Košice, Slovakia), giving Hungary the impetus to declare war the next day.
Lavrentiy Beria,head of MVD, is arrested by Nikita Khrushchev and other members of the Politburo.
The South African Congress Alliance adopts the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.
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
The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
Who were born on June 26?
Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer (d. 1978)
Jacob Druckman, American composer (d. 1996)
Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
Billy Davis, Jr., American singer (The 5th Dimension)
Richard Garfield, American game designer
Mike Myers, American baseball player
Nick Offerman, American actor
Max Biaggi, Italian motorcycle racer
Garou, Canadian singer
Chris Armstrong, Canadian hockey player
Who died on June 26?
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor (b. 1740)
Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
Miriam Daly, Irish republican activist (b. 1928)
Roy Campanella, American baseball player (b. 1921)
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959)
Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
Sir Denis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)
Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
Richard Whiteley, British television game show host (b. 1943)
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