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

  • 451
    Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Empire defeats the Armenians militarily but guarantees them freedom to openly practice Christianity.
  • 1328
    William of Ockham, Franciscan Minister-General Michael of Cesena and two other Franciscan leaders secretly leave Avignon, fearing a death sentence from Pope John XXII.
  • 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.
  • 1828
    Feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
  • 1869
    Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • 1879
    Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.
  • 1896
    Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
  • 1896
    Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: Battle of Dunkirk – In France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bir Hakeim takes place.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
  • 2004
    The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

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