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Wednesday August 26, 2020

August 26: Day of the Week

August 26, 2020 is the 239th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 127 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

August 2020
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Zodiac & Birthstone

Virgo is the zodiac 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.

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August 26 Historical Event(s)

  • 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.
  • 1768
    Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.
  • 1778
    The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
  • 1789
    The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen is approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.
  • 1810
    The former viceroy Santiago de Liniers is executed after the defeat of his counter-revolution.
  • 1821
    The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is oficially opened.
  • 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.
  • 1966
    The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
  • 1970
    The then new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women’s Strike for Equality.

Who were born on August 26?

  • 1676
    Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1745)
  • 1740
    Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor (d. 1810)
  • 1865
    Arthur James Arnot, Scottish inventor (d. 1946)
  • 1885
    Jules Romains, French author (d. 1972)
  • 1920
    Prem Tinsulanonda, Thai soldier and politician
  • 1924
    Alex Kellner, American baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1930
    Joe Solomon, West Indian cricketer
  • 1947
    Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1953
    Pat Sharkey, Irish footballer
  • 1963
    Stephen Dubner, American journalist, author

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