About August 26

August 26, 2024 is the 239th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 127 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 156 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1768
    Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.
  • 1791
    John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
  • 1813
    War of the Sixth Coalition: An impromptu battle takes place when French and Prussian-Russian forces accidentally run into each other near Liegnitz, Prussia (now Legnica, Poland).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1970
    The then new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women’s Strike for Equality.
  • 1980
    John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, US.
  • 1997
    Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
  • 2002
    Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2011
    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA

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