About May 26

May 26, 2024 is the 147th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 219 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 248 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.
  • 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.
  • 1135
    Alfonso VII of León and Castile is crowned in the Cathedral of Leon as Imperator totius Hispaniae, “Emperor of all of Spain”.
  • 1293
    An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000.
  • 1647
    Alse Young, hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, becomes the first person executed as a witch in the British American colonies.
  • 1736
    Battle of Ackia: British and Chickasaw soldiers repel a French and Choctaw attack on the Chickasaw village of Ackia, near present-day Tupelo, Mississippi. The French, under Louisiana governor Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, had sought to link Louisiana with Acadia and the other northern colonies of New France.
  • 1805
    Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Duomo di Milano, the gothic cathedral in Milan.
  • 1828
    Feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
  • 1830
    The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
  • 1868
    The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote.
  • 1869
    Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • 1896
    Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 1972
    Willandra National Park is established in Australia.
  • 1977
    George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center.
  • 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).
  • 1983
    A strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami that kills at least 104 people and injures thousands. Many people go missing and thousands of buildings are destroyed.
  • 2008
    Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million.

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