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Wednesday August 26, 2020

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 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.

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)

  • 1498
    Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.
  • 1748
    The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1768
    Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.
  • 1778
    The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
  • 1791
    John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
  • 1814
    Chilean War of Independence: Infighting between the rebel forces of José Miguel Carrera and Bernardo O'Higgins erupts in the Battle of Las Tres Acequias.
  • 1883
    The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage.
  • 1940
    Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France’s first black colonial governor.
  • 1966
    The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
  • 1999
    Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.

Who were born on August 26?

  • 1826
    Princess Alexandra of Bavaria (d. 1875)
  • 1875
    John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish novelist, Governor General of Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1914
    Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (d. 1984)
  • 1921
    Shimshon Amitsur, Israeli mathematician and Israel Prize recipient (d. 1994)
  • 1952
    Will Shortz, American crossword editor
  • 1966
    Jacques Brinkman, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1974
    Kelvin Cato, American basketball player
  • 1975
    Momar Njie, Gambian footballer
  • 1978
    Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer
  • 1987
    Riley Steele, Pornographic actress

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