What happened on August 26? There are more than 269 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 26

August 26 In HistoryAugust 26 is the 239th day of the year 2020. There are 127 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 35th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Iron Station, North Carolina 28080 sunrise occured at 06:53 AM and sunset occured at 07:58 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Virgo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 170 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For August 26

  • 55
    Roman forces under Julius Caesar invade Great Britain.
  • 1071
    Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert.
  • 1278
    Ladislaus IV of Hungary and Rudolph I of Germany defeat Premysl Ottokar II of Bohemia in the Battle of Marchfield near Dürnkrut in (then) Moravia.
  • 1303
    Ala ud din Khilji captures Chittorgarh.
  • 1346
    Hundred Years’ War: the military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights is established at the Battle of Crécy.
  • 1429
    Joan of Arc makes a triumphant entry into Paris.
  • 1444
    Battle of St. Jakob an der Birs: A vastly outnumbered force of Swiss Confederates is defeated by the Dauphin Louis (future Louis XI of France) and his army of ‘Armagnacs’near Basel.
  • 1466
    A conspiracy against Piero di Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered.
  • 1498
    Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.
  • 1748
    The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1768
    Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.
  • 1778
    The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
  • 1789
    The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen is approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.
  • 1791
    John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
  • 1810
    The former viceroy Santiago de Liniers is executed after the defeat of his counter-revolution.
  • 1813
    War of the Sixth Coalition: An impromptu battle takes place when French and Prussian-Russian forces accidentally run into each other near Liegnitz, Prussia (now Legnica, Poland).
  • 1814
    Chilean War of Independence: Infighting between the rebel forces of José Miguel Carrera and Bernardo O'Higgins erupts in the Battle of Las Tres Acequias.
  • 1818
    Illinois becomes the 21st state in the union of the United States.
  • 1821
    The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is oficially opened.
  • 1883
    The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage.
  • 1914
    World War I: the British Expeditionary Force fights a rear-guard action at the Battle of Le Cateau that briefly checks the German advance.
  • 1914
    World War I: the German colony of Togoland is invaded by French and British forces, who take it after 5 days.
  • 1920
    The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
  • 1940
    Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France’s first black colonial governor.
  • 1942
    Holocaust in Chortkiav, western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei starts driving Jews out of their houses, divides them into groups of 120, packs them in freight cars and deports 2000 to Belzec death camp. 500 of the sick and children are murdered on the spot.
  • 1944
    World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.
  • 1957
    The USSR announces the successful test of an ICBM – a “super long distance intercontinental multistage ballistic rocket . . . a few days ago,” according to the Soviet news agency, ITAR-TASS.
  • 1966
    The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
  • 1970
    The then new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women’s Strike for Equality.
  • 1977
    The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec
  • 1978
    Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy.
  • 1978
    Sigmund Jähn becomes first German cosmonaut, on board Soyuz 31.
  • 1980
    John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, US.
  • 1997
    Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
  • 1999
    Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.
  • 2002
    Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2011
    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA

Who Were Born On August 26?

  • 1469
    Ferdinand II of Naples (d. 1496)
  • 1540
    King Magnus of Livonia (d. 1583)
  • 1676
    Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1745)
  • 1694
    Elisha Williams, American rector of Yale College (d. 1755)
  • 1728
    Johann Heinrich Lambert, Swiss scientist (d. 1777)
  • 1736
    Jean-Baptiste L. Romé de l'Isle, French chemist (d. 1790)
  • 1740
    Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor (d. 1810)
  • 1743
    Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist (d. 1794)
  • 1775
    William Joseph Behr, German writer (d. 1851)
  • 1789
    Abbas Mirza, Prince of Persia (d. 1833)
  • 1792
    Manuel Oribe, Uruguayan political figure (d. 1857)
  • 1819
    Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom (d. 1861)
  • 1826
    Princess Alexandra of Bavaria (d. 1875)
  • 1845
    Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, English victim of Jack the Ripper (d. 1888)
  • 1850
    Charles Richet, French physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)
  • 1854
    Arnold Fothergill, England cricketer (d. 1932)
  • 1862
    Herbert Booth, American son of William and Catherine Booth (d. 1926)
  • 1864
    Anna Ulyanova, older sister of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1935)
  • 1865
    Arthur James Arnot, Scottish inventor (d. 1946)
  • 1873
    Lee DeForest, American inventor (d. 1961)
  • 1874
    Zona Gale, American novelist (d. 1938)
  • 1875
    John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish novelist, Governor General of Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1880
    Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet and art critic (d. 1918)
  • 1882
    James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1964)
  • 1885
    Jules Romains, French author (d. 1972)
  • 1890
    Tommy Andrews, Australian cricketer (d. 1970)
  • 1894
    Sparky Adams, Baseball player (d. 1989)
  • 1896
    Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian
  • 1896
    Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1990)
  • 1897
    Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (d. 1990)
  • 1898
    Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (d. 1979)
  • 1899
    Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter (d. 1991)
  • 1900
    Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (d. 1980)
  • 1901
    Chen Yi, Chinese communist military commander and politician (d. 1972)
  • 1901
    Eleanor Dark, Australian novelist (d. 1985)
  • 1901
    Hans Kammler, German engineer and SS officer (disappeared in 1945)
  • 1901
    Maxwell Taylor, American general (d. 1987)
  • 1904
    Christopher Isherwood, English-born writer (d. 1986)
  • 1906
    Albert Sabin, American polio researcher (d. 1993)
  • 1907
    Lester Lanin, American bandleader (d. 2004)
  • 1908
    Aubrey Schenck, British film producer (d. 1999)
  • 1908
    Bill Hunt, Australian cricketer (d. 1983)
  • 1908
    W. B. Henning, Prussian-born Iranist (d. 1967)
  • 1909
    Eric Davies, South African cricketer (d. 1976)
  • 1909
    Gene Moore, American baseball player (d. 1978)
  • 1909
    Jim Davis, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1910
    Mother Teresa, Macedonian-born Indian missionary; Nobel Peace Prize recipient (d. 1997)
  • 1914
    Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (d. 1984)
  • 1920
    Brant Parker, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • 1920
    Prem Tinsulanonda, Thai soldier and politician
  • 1921
    Benjamin Bradlee, American journalist
  • 1921
    Shimshon Amitsur, Israeli mathematician and Israel Prize recipient (d. 1994)
  • 1922
    Irving R. Levine, American journalist (d. 2009)
  • 1923
    Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor and pianist
  • 1924
    Alex Kellner, American baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1925
    Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and writer (d. 1999)
  • 1925
    Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (d. 2005)
  • 1925
    Sangharakshita, Indian religious figure
  • 1926
    Anahit Tsitsikian, Armenian Violinist
  • 1927
    B. V. Doshi, Indian architect
  • 1928
    Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist
  • 1928
    Peter Appleyard, Canadian jazz vibraphonist
  • 1928
    Yvette Vickers, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1930
    Joe Solomon, West Indian cricketer
  • 1931
    Kálmán Markovits, Hungarian water polo player (d. 2009)
  • 1932
    Luis Salvadores, Chilean basketball player
  • 1933
    Oscar Marzaroli, Scots-Italian photographer (d. 1988)
  • 1934
    Tom Heinsohn, American basketball player and commentator
  • 1935
    Geraldine Ferraro, American politician (d. 2011)
  • 1938
    Jet Black, British musician (The Stranglers)
  • 1939
    Pinchas Goldstein, Israeli politician (d. 2007)
  • 1940
    Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (d. 2008)
  • 1941
    Akiko Wakabayashi, Japanese actress
  • 1941
    Barbet Schroeder, Swiss film director
  • 1941
    Chris Curtis, English singer and drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1941
    Jane Merrow, British actress
  • 1942
    Dennis Turner, British politician
  • 1942
    Vic Dana, American singer
  • 1944
    Maureen Tucker, American musician
  • 1944
    Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, British prince
  • 1944
    Stephen Greif, English actor
  • 1945
    Jo Freeman, American feminist scholar
  • 1945
    Tom Ridge, first United States Secretary of Homeland Security
  • 1946
    Chantal Renaud, Quebec singer and actress
  • 1946
    Mark Snow, American composer
  • 1946
    Valerie Simpson, American singer
  • 1946
    Zhou Ji, Chinese Communist Party official
  • 1947
    Emiliano Díez, Cuban actor
  • 1947
    Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1950
    Benjamin Hendrickson, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1951
    Edward Witten, American physicist
  • 1952
    Bryon Baltimore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1952
    Michael Jeter, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1952
    Will Shortz, American crossword editor
  • 1953
    Pat Sharkey, Irish footballer
  • 1954
    Efren Reyes, Filipino pool player
  • 1954
    Steve Wright, British DJ
  • 1956
    Brett Cullen, American actor
  • 1956
    Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • 1957
    Dr. Alban, Nigerian-born Swedish singer
  • 1957
    Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete
  • 1958
    Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist
  • 1959
    Stan Van Gundy, American basketball coach
  • 1960
    Branford Marsalis, American saxophonist and bandleader
  • 1960
    Nancy Martinez, Canadian-born singer
  • 1960
    Wanda De Jesus, American actress
  • 1961
    Daniel Lévi, French singer-songwriter, composer and pianist
  • 1961
    Jeff Parrett, American baseball player
  • 1962
    Bob Mionske, American cyclist and attorney
  • 1963
    David Byas, English cricketer
  • 1963
    Stephen Dubner, American journalist, author
  • 1965
    Bobby Duncum, Jr., American wrestler (d. 2000)
  • 1965
    Carolina Arregui, Chilean actress
  • 1965
    Chris Burke, American actor
  • 1965
    Jon Hensley, American actor
  • 1966
    Avner Ben-Gal, Israeli artist and painter
  • 1966
    Jacques Brinkman, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1966
    Shirley Manson, Scottish singer
  • 1967
    Michael Gove, British politician
  • 1968
    Byron Lawson, Canadian actor
  • 1968
    Chris Boardman, British cyclist
  • 1970
    Brett Schultz, South African cricketer
  • 1970
    Olimpiada Ivanova, Russian athlete
  • 1971
    Thalía, Mexican singer
  • 1974
    Kelvin Cato, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Meredith Eaton, American actor
  • 1975
    Momar Njie, Gambian footballer
  • 1975
    Morgan Ensberg, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Tyler Connolly, Canadian singer
  • 1976
    Amaia Montero, Spanish singer
  • 1976
    Zemfira, Russian singer
  • 1977
    Ha Tran, Vietnamese pop singer
  • 1977
    Liam Botham, British cricketer and rugby player
  • 1977
    Morris Peterson, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Saeko Chiba, Japanese seiyū
  • 1977
    Simone Motta, Italian footballer
  • 1978
    Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer
  • 1979
    Allison Robertson, American musician
  • 1979
    Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1979
    Jamal Lewis, American football player
  • 1979
    Rubén Pazos, Spanish footballer
  • 1979
    Yağmur Sarıgül, Turkish Musician (maNga)
  • 1980
    Brendan Harris, American baseball player
  • 1980
    Chris Pine, American actor
  • 1980
    Macaulay Culkin, American actor
  • 1980
    Manolis Papamakarios, Greek basketball player
  • 1981
    Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player
  • 1981
    Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman
  • 1981
    Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1981
    Tino Best, Barbadian West Indies cricketer
  • 1981
    Vangelis Moras, Greek footballer
  • 1982
    Angelo Iorio, Italian footballer
  • 1982
    David Long, New Zealand musician
  • 1982
    Jayson Nix, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Noah Welch, American ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Félix Porteiro, Spanish racing driver
  • 1983
    Toshiaki Imae, Japanese baseball player
  • 1985
    Brandon McDonald, American football player
  • 1986
    Cassie, American singer
  • 1986
    Colin Kazim-Richards, Turkish footballer
  • 1987
    Riley Steele, Pornographic actress
  • 1988
    Danielle Savre, American actress
  • 1988
    Elvis Andrus, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1988
    Evan Ross, American actor
  • 1988
    Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
  • 1988
    Tori Black, American pornographic actress
  • 1989
    James Harden, American basketball player
  • 1990
    Lil' Chris, English singer-songwriter and TV personality
  • 1991
    Dylan O'Brien, American actor
  • 1992
    Yang Yilin, Chinese gymnast
  • 1993
    Keke Palmer, American actress

Who Died On August 26?

  • 1214
    Michael IV, Patriarch of Constantinople
  • 1278
    King Otakar II of Bohemia
  • 1346
    Killed in the Battle of Crécy: Charles II of Alençon (b. 1297)
  • 1346
    Killed in the Battle of Crécy: John of Bohemia (b. 1296)
  • 1346
    Killed in the Battle of Crécy: Louis I of Flanders (b. 1304)
  • 1346
    Killed in the Battle of Crécy: Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1320)
  • 1349
    Thomas Bradwardine, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1551
    Margaret Leijonhufvud, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1516)
  • 1572
    Petrus Ramus, French philosopher (b. 1515)
  • 1595
    Antonio, Prior of Crato, claimant to the throne of Portugal (b. 1531)
  • 1666
    Frans Hals, Dutch painter (b. c. 1580)
  • 1714
    Edward Fowler, English Bishop of Gloucester (b. 1632)
  • 1723
    Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch scientist (b. 1632)
  • 1785
    George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, British soldier and politician (b. 1716)
  • 1810
    Santiago de Liniers, viceroy of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata (b. 1753)
  • 1850
    Louis-Philippe of France (b. 1773)
  • 1865
    Johann Franz Encke, German astronomer (b. 1791)
  • 1908
    Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer (b. 1837)
  • 1910
    William James, American psychologist and philosopher (b. 1842)
  • 1921
    Sándor Wekerle, Hungarian politician (b. 1848)
  • 1930
    Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor (b. 1883)
  • 1944
    Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (b. 1909)
  • 1945
    Franz Werfel, Austrian writer (b. 1890)
  • 1946
    Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1956
    Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist (b. 1881)
  • 1958
    Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (b. 1872)
  • 1968
    Kay Francis, American actress (b. 1899)
  • 1974
    Charles Lindbergh, American aviator (b. 1902)
  • 1976
    Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (b. 1888)
  • 1978
    Charles Boyer, French actor (b. 1899)
  • 1978
    José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (b. 1916)
  • 1979
    Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • 1980
    Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • 1980
    Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
  • 1981
    Lee Elhardt Hays, American folksinger (b. 1914)
  • 1981
    Roger Nash Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (b. 1884)
  • 1986
    Ted Knight, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 1987
    Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
  • 1987
    John Goddard, West Indian cricketer (b. 1919)
  • 1988
    Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer (b. 1957)
  • 1989
    Irving Stone, American author (b. 1903)
  • 1990
    Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (b. 1913)
  • 1992
    Arthur Leigh Allen, American suspected murderer (b. 1933)
  • 1992
    Bob de Moor, Belgian comics artist (b. 1925)
  • 1993
    Reima Pietilä, Finnish architect (b. 1923)
  • 1998
    Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2000
    Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist (b. 1939)
  • 2001
    Louis Muhlstock, Canadian painter (b. 1904)
  • 2003
    Jim Wacker, American football coach (b. 1937)
  • 2004
    Laura Branigan, American singer (b. 1957)
  • 2005
    Denis D'Amour, Canadian guitarist (Voivod) (b. 1960)
  • 2005
    Ed White, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1949)
  • 2005
    Robert Denning, American interior designer (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Clyde Walcott, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Rainer Barzel, German politician (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Gaston Thorn, Luxembourger politician (b. 1928)
  • 2007
    Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor (b. 1935)
  • 2009
    Dominick Dunne, American writer, Vanity Fair correspondent (b. 1925)
  • 2010
    Raimon Panikkar, Catalan philosopher (b. 1918)
  • 2011
    George Band, British mountaineer (b. 1929)
  • 2011
    John McAleese, British SAS Trooper, Team leader during 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege (b. 1949)

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