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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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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)
- 1071Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert.
- 1429Joan of Arc makes a triumphant entry into Paris.
- 1466A conspiracy against Piero di Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered.
- 1748The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 1813War of the Sixth Coalition: An impromptu battle takes place when French and Prussian-Russian forces accidentally run into each other near Liegnitz, Prussia (now Legnica, Poland).
- 1814Chilean War of Independence: Infighting between the rebel forces of José Miguel Carrera and Bernardo O'Higgins erupts in the Battle of Las Tres Acequias.
- 1966The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
- 1970The then new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women’s Strike for Equality.
- 1978Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy.
- 1980John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, US.
Who were born on August 26?
- 1540King Magnus of Livonia (d. 1583)
- 1845Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, English victim of Jack the Ripper (d. 1888)
- 1897Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (d. 1990)
- 1901Chen Yi, Chinese communist military commander and politician (d. 1972)
- 1909Jim Davis, American actor (d. 1981)
- 1922Irving R. Levine, American journalist (d. 2009)
- 1954Steve Wright, British DJ
- 1958Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist
- 1963David Byas, English cricketer
- 1967Michael Gove, British politician
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