What happened this day in history May 26

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

  • 1135
    Alfonso VII of León and Castile is crowned in the Cathedral of Leon as Imperator totius Hispaniae, “Emperor of all of Spain”.
  • 1538
    Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
  • 1864
    Montana is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1879
    Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.
  • 1896
    Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 1906
    Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bir Hakeim takes place.
  • 1972
    Willandra National Park is established in Australia.
  • 1981
    Prime Minister of Italy Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
  • 1983
    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?

  • 1865
    Robert W. Chambers, American artist (d. 1933)
  • 1880
    W. Otto Miessner, American composer and music educator (d. 1967)
  • 1895
    Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (d. 1971)
  • 1909
    Adolfo López Mateos, Mexican politician (d. 1969)
  • 1913
    Pierre Daninos, French writer and humorist (d. 2005)
  • 1925
    Alec McCowen, English actor
  • 1938
    Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
  • 1957
    Diomedes Diaz, Colombian singer
  • 1958
    Moinul Ahsan Saber, Bangladeshi writer, editor.
  • 1962
    Bobcat Goldthwait, American actor

Who died on May 26?

  • 735
    The Venerable Bede, English historian and theologian (b. 672 or 673)
  • 1679
    Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1636)
  • 1742
    Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina, diplomat (b. 1672)
  • 1944
    Christian Wirth, commandant of Belzec extermination camp (b. 1885)
  • 1976
    Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (b. 1889)
  • 1977
    William Powell, American singer (The O'Jays) (b. 1942)
  • 1989
    Don Revie, Former footballer and England and Leeds United Manager (b. 1927)
  • 2003
    Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2008
    Zita Urbonaitė, Lithuanian road cyclist (b. 1973)
  • 2010
    Kieran Phelan, Irish senator (b. 1949)

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