About May 26

May 26, 2021 is the 146th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 219 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 251 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 26

  • 17
    Germanicus returns to Rome as a conquering hero; he celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti and other German tribes west of the Elbe.
  • 1293
    An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000.
  • 1637
    Pequot War: A combined Protestant and Mohegan force under English Captain John Mason attacks a Pequot village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Native Americans.
  • 1647
    Alse Young, hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, becomes the first person executed as a witch in the British American colonies.
  • 1770
    The Orlov Revolt, an attempt to revolt against the Ottoman Empire before the Greek War of Independence, ends in disaster for the Greeks.
  • 1783
    A Great Jubilee Day held at Trumbull, Connecticut celebrated end of fighting in American Revolution.
  • 1830
    The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
  • 1857
    Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.
  • 1869
    Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • 1906
    Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
  • 1908
    At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
  • 1917
    Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon, killing 101 people and injuring 689.
  • 1918
    The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.
  • 1936
    In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson begins speaking on the Appropriation Bill. By the time he sits down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for 10 hours.
  • 1938
    In the United States, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.
  • 1966
    British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.
  • 1969
    Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
  • 1970
    The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
  • 1981
    Prime Minister of Italy Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
  • 1991
    Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.

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