About August 26

August 26, 2021 is the 238th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 127 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 159 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.
  • 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.
  • 1466
    A conspiracy against Piero di Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered.
  • 1498
    Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.
  • 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.
  • 1791
    John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
  • 1810
    The former viceroy Santiago de Liniers is executed after the defeat of his counter-revolution.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France’s first black colonial governor.
  • 1944
    World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.
  • 1966
    The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
  • 1977
    The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec
  • 1978
    Sigmund Jähn becomes first German cosmonaut, on board Soyuz 31.
  • 1997
    Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
  • 1999
    Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.

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