About August 26

August 26, 2022 is the 238th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 127 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

What Happened On August 26

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1498
    Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1978
    Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy.
  • 1999
    Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.
  • 2011
    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA

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