About June 26

June 26, 2020 is the 178th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 231 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On June 26

  • 221
    Roman Emperor Elagabalus adopts his cousin Alexander Severus as his heir and receives the title of Caesar.
  • 1541
    Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.
  • 1907
    The 1907 Tiflis bank robbery took place in Yerevan Square, now Freedom Square, Tbilisi.
  • 1909
    The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity.
  • 1924
    American occupying forces leave the Dominican Republic.
  • 1927
    The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.
  • 1936
    Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
  • 1941
    World War II: Soviet planes bomb Kassa, Hungary (now Košice, Slovakia), giving Hungary the impetus to declare war the next day.
  • 1942
    The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat.
  • 1945
    The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco.
  • 1955
    The South African Congress Alliance adopts the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.
  • 1959
    The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America’s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
  • 1974
    The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
  • 1975
    Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
  • 1977
    The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who is not a prostitute.
  • 1991
    Ten-Day War: the Yugoslav people’s army begins the Ten-Day War in Slovenia.
  • 1995
    Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposes his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
  • 1996
    Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
  • 2003
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
  • 2006
    Mari Alkatiri, the first Prime Minister of East Timor, resigns after weeks of political unrest.

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