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 178th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 26,552,160 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 ‘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 231 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 2,744 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
  • 1718
    Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great’s son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
  • 1848
    End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
  • 1924
    American occupying forces leave the Dominican Republic.
  • 1936
    Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposes his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
  • 1996
    Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin

Who were born on June 26?

  • 1689
    Edward Holyoke, American academic (d. 1769)
  • 1824
    William Thomson, Irish-born physicist (d. 1907)
  • 1899
    Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1907
    Debs Garms, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1911
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete (d. 1956)
  • 1957
    Patty Smyth, American singer (Scandal)
  • 1962
    Jerome Kersey, American basketball player
  • 1973
    Rebecca Budig, American actress
  • 1975
    Terry Skiverton, English football player
  • 1979
    Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver

Who died on June 26?

  • 1784
    Caesar Rodney, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1728)
  • 1836
    Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French composer (La Marseillaise) (b. 1760)
  • 1943
    Karl Landsteiner, Austrian biologist and physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1868)
  • 1948
    Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (b. 1924)
  • 1957
    Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
  • 1975
    Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish Catholic priest (b. 1902)
  • 1994
    Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and activist (b. 1929)
  • 2003
    Sir Denis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
  • 2003
    Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)
  • 2010
    Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania (b. 1932)

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