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 May 26

May 26, 2016 is the 147th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 219 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

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

What Happened On May 26

  • 17
    Germanicus returns to Rome as a conquering hero; he celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti and other German tribes west of the Elbe.
  • 1538
    Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
  • 1637
    Pequot War: A combined Protestant and Mohegan force under English Captain John Mason attacks a Pequot village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Native Americans.
  • 1770
    The Orlov Revolt, an attempt to revolt against the Ottoman Empire before the Greek War of Independence, ends in disaster for the Greeks.
  • 1783
    A Great Jubilee Day held at Trumbull, Connecticut celebrated end of fighting in American Revolution.
  • 1864
    Montana is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1917
    Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon, killing 101 people and injuring 689.
  • 1969
    Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
  • 1970
    The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
  • 1991
    Lauda Air Flight 004 crashes in rural Thailand, killing 223.

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