August 26: Day of the Week
August 26, 2021 was the 238th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 127 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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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.
- 1444Battle 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.
- 1466A conspiracy against Piero di Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered.
- 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.
- 1821The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is oficially opened.
- 1944World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.
- 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.
- 1978Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy.
- 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
Who were born on August 26?
- 1845Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, English victim of Jack the Ripper (d. 1888)
- 1865Arthur James Arnot, Scottish inventor (d. 1946)
- 1908Aubrey Schenck, British film producer (d. 1999)
- 1914Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (d. 1984)
- 1932Luis Salvadores, Chilean basketball player
- 1942Vic Dana, American singer
- 1960Nancy Martinez, Canadian-born singer
- 1965Jon Hensley, American actor
- 1977Saeko Chiba, Japanese seiyū
- 1983Toshiaki Imae, Japanese baseball player
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