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 2023 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, 2023 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 468,072 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 ‘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 260 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 3,808 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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May 26 Historical Events
Alfonso VII of León and Castile is crowned in the Cathedral of Leon as Imperator totius Hispaniae, “Emperor of all of Spain”.
Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
Montana is organized as a United States territory.
Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.
Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.
Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
World War II: The Battle of Bir Hakeim takes place.
Willandra National Park is established in Australia.
Prime Minister of Italy Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
A strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami that kills at least 104 people and injures thousands. Many people go missing and thousands of buildings are destroyed.
Who were born on May 26?
Robert W. Chambers, American artist (d. 1933)
W. Otto Miessner, American composer and music educator (d. 1967)
Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (d. 1971)
Adolfo López Mateos, Mexican politician (d. 1969)
Pierre Daninos, French writer and humorist (d. 2005)
Alec McCowen, English actor
Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
Diomedes Diaz, Colombian singer
Moinul Ahsan Saber, Bangladeshi writer, editor.
Bobcat Goldthwait, American actor
Who died on May 26?
The Venerable Bede, English historian and theologian (b. 672 or 673)
Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1636)
Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina, diplomat (b. 1672)
Christian Wirth, commandant of Belzec extermination camp (b. 1885)
Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (b. 1889)
William Powell, American singer (The O'Jays) (b. 1942)
Don Revie, Former footballer and England and Leeds United Manager (b. 1927)
Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
Zita Urbonaitė, Lithuanian road cyclist (b. 1973)
Kieran Phelan, Irish senator (b. 1949)
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