What happened on June 26? There are more than 250 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 June 26

June 26 In HistoryJune 26 is the 178th day of the year 2020. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 26th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Saint Paul, Minnesota 55118 sunrise occured at 05:28 AM and sunset occured at 09:02 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Cancer. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 231 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For June 26

  • 221
    Roman Emperor Elagabalus adopts his cousin Alexander Severus as his heir and receives the title of Caesar.
  • 363
    Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield.
  • 1284
    the legendary Pied Piper leads 130 children out of Hamelin, Germany
  • 1409
    Western Schism: the Roman Catholic church is led into a double schism as Petros Philargos is crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.
  • 1541
    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.
  • 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.
  • 1723
    After a siege and bombardment by cannon, Baku surrenders to the Russians.
  • 1848
    End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
  • 1857
    The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London.
  • 1870
    The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
  • 1907
    The 1907 Tiflis bank robbery took place in Yerevan Square, now Freedom Square, Tbilisi.
  • 1909
    The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity.
  • 1917
    The first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight alongside Britain and France against Germany in World War I.
  • 1918
    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.
  • 1924
    American occupying forces leave the Dominican Republic.
  • 1927
    The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.
  • 1934
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
  • 1936
    Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
  • 1940
    World War II: under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union presents an ultimatum to Romania requiring it to cede Bessarabia and the northern part of Bukovina.
  • 1941
    World War II: Soviet planes bomb Kassa, Hungary (now Košice, Slovakia), giving Hungary the impetus to declare war the next day.
  • 1942
    The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat.
  • 1945
    The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco.
  • 1948
    Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery is published in The New Yorker magazine.
  • 1948
    The Western allies begin an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin.
  • 1948
    William Shockley files the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.
  • 1952
    The Pan-Malayan Labour Party is founded in Malaya, as a union of statewise labour parties.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America’s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
  • 1960
    Madagascar gains its independence from France.
  • 1960
    The former British Protectorate of British Somaliland gains its independence as Somaliland.
  • 1973
    At Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
  • 1974
    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
  • 1975
    Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
  • 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.
  • 1978
    Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
  • 1991
    Ten-Day War: the Yugoslav people’s army begins the Ten-Day War in Slovenia.
  • 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
  • 1997
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  • 2003
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
  • 2006
    Mari Alkatiri, the first Prime Minister of East Timor, resigns after weeks of political unrest.
  • 2008
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual right, and that the District of Columbia handgun ban is unconstitutional.

Who Were Born On June 26?

  • 1575
    Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1612)
  • 1681
    Hedwig Sophia, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, Swedish writer (d. 1708)
  • 1689
    Edward Holyoke, American academic (d. 1769)
  • 1694
    Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and mineralogist (d. 1768)
  • 1702
    Philip Doddridge, English religious leader (d. 1751)
  • 1703
    Thomas Clap, American academic (d. 1767)
  • 1730
    Charles Messier, French astronomer (d. 1817)
  • 1798
    Wolfgang Menzel, German writer (d. 1873)
  • 1817
    Branwell Bronte, British painter and poet (d. 1848)
  • 1819
    Abner Doubleday, American Major General (d. 1893)
  • 1821
    Bartolomé Mitre, Argentine historian and politician (d. 1906)
  • 1824
    William Thomson, Irish-born physicist (d. 1907)
  • 1835
    Thomas W. Knox, American author (d. 1896)
  • 1839
    Sam Watkins, American Confederate soldier and author (d. 1901)
  • 1854
    Robert Laird Borden, Canadian politician (d. 1937)
  • 1865
    Bernard Berenson, American art historian (d. 1959)
  • 1866
    George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier of Egyptian excavations (d. 1923)
  • 1869
    Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (d. 1954)
  • 1880
    Natalia, Princess Brassova (d. 1952)
  • 1881
    Ya'akov Cohen, Israeli poet (d. 1960)
  • 1892
    Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1895
    George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1950)
  • 1898
    Chesty Puller, American military officer (d. 1971)
  • 1898
    Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer (d. 1978)
  • 1899
    Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1901
    Stuart Symington, American politician (d. 1988)
  • 1902
    Hugues Cuénod, Swiss Tenor (d. 2010)
  • 1904
    Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer (d. 1951)
  • 1904
    Peter Lorre, Hungarian actor (d. 1964)
  • 1906
    Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer (d. 1974)
  • 1906
    Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer (d. 2008)
  • 1907
    Debs Garms, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1909
    Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager (d. 1997)
  • 1909
    Wolfgang Reitherman, American animator (d. 1985)
  • 1911
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete (d. 1956)
  • 1913
    Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (d. 2008)
  • 1913
    Maurice Wilkes, British computer scientist (d. 2010)
  • 1914
    Kathryn Johnston, American police shooting victim (d. 2006)
  • 1914
    Laurie Lee, British writer (d. 1997)
  • 1915
    Charlotte Zolotow, American author
  • 1915
    Paul Castellano, American organized crime figure (d. 1985)
  • 1916
    Giuseppe Taddei, Italian opera singer (d. 2010)
  • 1916
    Virginia Satir, American psychotherapist and author (d. 1988)
  • 1919
    Richard Neustadt, American political historian (d. 2003)
  • 1921
    Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent (d. 1945)
  • 1922
    Eleanor Parker, American actress
  • 1923
    Barbara Graham, American murderer (d. 1955)
  • 1924
    Kostas Axelos, Greek philosopher (d. 2010)
  • 1925
    Pavel Belyayev, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 1970)
  • 1927
    Robert Kroetsch, Canadian author (d. 2011)
  • 1928
    Jacob Druckman, American composer (d. 1996)
  • 1928
    Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
  • 1929
    Milton Glaser, American designer
  • 1931
    Colin Wilson, British writer
  • 1933
    Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor
  • 1933
    Gene Green, American baseball player (d. 1981)
  • 1934
    Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist
  • 1934
    Jeremy Wolfenden, British journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1936
    Jean-Claude Turcotte, Cardinal Archbishop of Montreal
  • 1936
    Robert Maclennan, British politician
  • 1937
    Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1937
    Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor
  • 1938
    Billy Davis, Jr., American singer (The 5th Dimension)
  • 1938
    Gerald North, American climatologist
  • 1941
    Yves Beauchemin, Canadian novelist
  • 1942
    Gilberto Gil, Brazilian singer and Minister of Culture
  • 1942
    James J. Dillon, American professional wrestling manager
  • 1943
    Georgie Fame, British singer
  • 1943
    John Beasley, American actor
  • 1943
    Warren Farrell, American author
  • 1945
    Malachi York, Nuwaubian leader
  • 1951
    Gary Gilmour, Australian cricketer
  • 1951
    Pamela Bellwood, American actress
  • 1953
    Robert Davi, American actor
  • 1954
    Steve Barton, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1955
    Dick Mol, Dutch paleonthologist
  • 1955
    Gedde Watanabe, American actor
  • 1955
    Mick Jones, British guitarist (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite)
  • 1956
    Chris Isaak, American singer
  • 1957
    Patty Smyth, American singer (Scandal)
  • 1957
    Philippe Couillard, Quebec neurosurgeon and politician
  • 1959
    Mark McKinney, Canadian actor
  • 1960
    Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (d. 1997)
  • 1961
    Greg LeMond, American cyclist
  • 1961
    Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin)
  • 1962
    Jerome Kersey, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Preston A. Whitmore II, American screenwriter and film director
  • 1963
    Harriet Wheeler, British singer (The Sundays)
  • 1963
    Mark McClellan, American government official
  • 1963
    Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, Russian businessman
  • 1963
    Richard Garfield, American game designer
  • 1964
    Tommi Mäkinen, Finnish rally driver
  • 1966
    Dany Boon, French director, actor and writer
  • 1966
    Jürgen Reil, American drummer (Kreator)
  • 1966
    Minaguchi Yuko, Japanese voice actress
  • 1967
    Todd Pletcher, American horse trainer
  • 1968
    Paolo Maldini, Italian footballer
  • 1968
    Shannon Sharpe, American football player
  • 1969
    Colin Greenwood, British musician
  • 1969
    Ingrid Lempereur, Belgian swimmer
  • 1969
    Mike Myers, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Chris O'Donnell, American actor
  • 1970
    Irv Gotti, American record producer
  • 1970
    Matt Letscher, American actor
  • 1970
    Nick Offerman, American actor
  • 1970
    Paul Thomas Anderson, American filmmaker
  • 1970
    Sean Hayes, American actor
  • 1971
    Max Biaggi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1972
    Garou, Canadian singer
  • 1972
    Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper
  • 1973
    Gretchen Wilson, American singer
  • 1973
    Jussi Sydänmaa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1973
    Rebecca Budig, American actress
  • 1974
    Derek Jeter, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Jason Kendall, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys)
  • 1974
    Matt Striker, American professional wrestler
  • 1974
    Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer
  • 1975
    Chris Armstrong, Canadian hockey player
  • 1975
    Jonah Sorrentino, American hip hop artist
  • 1975
    Terry Skiverton, English football player
  • 1976
    Chad Pennington, American football player
  • 1976
    Ed Jovanovski, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor
  • 1977
    Florian Kehrmann, German handball player
  • 1977
    Kubo Tite, Japanese cartoonist
  • 1977
    Mark Jindrak, American professional wrestler
  • 1977
    Quincy Lewis, American basketball player
  • 1979
    Brandi Burkhardt, American actress and beauty pageant contestant
  • 1979
    Ryan Tedder, American musician
  • 1979
    Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver
  • 1979
    Wálter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player
  • 1980
    Chris Shelton, American baseball player
  • 1980
    Hamílton, naturalized Togolese footballer
  • 1980
    Jason Schwartzman, American actor
  • 1980
    Michael Vick, American football player
  • 1980
    Sinik, French singer and rapper
  • 1981
    Damien Sargue, French singer
  • 1983
    Felipe Melo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983
    Vinícius, Brazilian footballer
  • 1984
    Aubrey Plaza, American comedian, writer and actress
  • 1984
    Deron Williams, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Elijah Dukes, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Gabrielle Walcott, Trinidad and Tobagoian beauty pageant contestant
  • 1984
    Jose Juan Barea, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Raymond Felton, American basketball player
  • 1985
    Urgyen Trinley Dorje, 17th Karmapa Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader
  • 1987
    Carlos Iaconelli, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1987
    Samir Nasri, French footballer
  • 1991
    Diego Falcinelli, Italian footballer
  • 1991
    Houssem Chemali, French footballer
  • 1992
    Jennette McCurdy, American actress and singer
  • 1992
    Joel Campbell, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1993
    Ariana Grande, American actress and singer
  • 2005
    Princess Alexia of the Netherlands

Who Died On June 26?

  • 363
    Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor (b. 331)
  • 1541
    Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conqueror of Peru
  • 1688
    Ralph Cudworth, English philosopher (b. 1617)
  • 1784
    Caesar Rodney, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1728)
  • 1793
    Gilbert White, English ornithologist (b. 1720)
  • 1795
    Johannes Jährig, German linguist (b. 1747)
  • 1810
    Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor (b. 1740)
  • 1836
    Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French composer (La Marseillaise) (b. 1760)
  • 1856
    Max Stirner, German philosopher (b. 1806)
  • 1878
    Mercedes of Orleans, queen of Spain (b. 1860)
  • 1918
    Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet (b. 1843)
  • 1922
    Albert I, Prince of Monaco (b. 1848)
  • 1939
    Ford Madox Ford, English writer (b. 1873)
  • 1943
    Karl Landsteiner, Austrian biologist and physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1868)
  • 1945
    Emil Hácha, President of Czechoslovakia (b. 1872)
  • 1946
    Max Kögel, SS officer (b. 1895)
  • 1946
    Yōsuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (b. 1880)
  • 1947
    Richard Bedford Bennett, eleventh Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1870)
  • 1948
    Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (b. 1924)
  • 1949
    Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (b. 1876)
  • 1955
    Engelbert Zaschka, German helicopter pioneer (b. 1895)
  • 1956
    Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1930)
  • 1957
    Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
  • 1958
    Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)
  • 1958
    George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1964
    Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect (b. 1888)
  • 1964
    Leo Dandurand, American-born Canadian sports executive (b. 1889)
  • 1967
    Françoise Dorléac, French actress (b. 1942)
  • 1975
    Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish Catholic priest (b. 1902)
  • 1980
    Miriam Daly, Irish republican activist (b. 1928)
  • 1990
    Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (b. 1909)
  • 1992
    Herman Rohde, professional wrestler (b. 1921)
  • 1993
    Roy Campanella, American baseball player (b. 1921)
  • 1993
    William H. Riker, American political scientist (b. 1920)
  • 1994
    Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and activist (b. 1929)
  • 1996
    Veronica Guerin, Irish journalist (b. 1958)
  • 1997
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959)
  • 2001
    Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • 2002
    Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • 2002
    Jay Berwanger, American football player and first recipient of the Heisman Trophy (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon footballer (b. 1975)
  • 2003
    Sir Denis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
  • 2003
    Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)
  • 2004
    Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • 2004
    Yash Johar, Indian film producer (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Richard Whiteley, British television game show host (b. 1943)
  • 2006
    Tommy Wonder, Dutch magician (b. 1953)
  • 2007
    Joey Sadler, All Black rugby player (b. 1914)
  • 2007
    Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (b. 1929)
  • 2010
    Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania (b. 1932)
  • 2010
    Sergio Vega, Mexican Banda singer (b.1969)

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