Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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About June 26

June 26, 2016 is the 178th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 216 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On June 26

  • 363
    Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield.
  • 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.
  • 1848
    End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
  • 1941
    World War II: Soviet planes bomb Kassa, Hungary (now Košice, Slovakia), giving Hungary the impetus to declare war the next day.
  • 1948
    Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery is published in The New Yorker magazine.
  • 1959
    The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America’s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
  • 1960
    Madagascar gains its independence from France.
  • 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.

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