About August 26

August 26, 2020 is the 239th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 127 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Virgo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 170 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 26

  • 55
    Roman forces under Julius Caesar invade Great Britain.
  • 1303
    Ala ud din Khilji captures Chittorgarh.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1818
    Illinois becomes the 21st state in the union of the United States.
  • 1821
    The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is oficially opened.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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