August 26: Day of the Week
August 26, 2020 was the 239th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 127 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 55Roman forces under Julius Caesar invade Great Britain.
- 1346Hundred Years’ War: the military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights is established at the Battle of Crécy.
- 1748The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 1821The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is oficially opened.
- 1883The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage.
- 1957The 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.
- 1997Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
- 1999Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.
- 2002Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa
- 2011The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA
Who were born on August 26?
- 1469Ferdinand II of Naples (d. 1496)
- 1743Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist (d. 1794)
- 1896Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1990)
- 1914Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (d. 1984)
- 1942Vic Dana, American singer
- 1952Bryon Baltimore, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1957Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete
- 1960Branford Marsalis, American saxophonist and bandleader
- 1962Bob Mionske, American cyclist and attorney
- 1965Carolina Arregui, Chilean actress
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