May 26: Day of the Week
May 26, 2020 was the 147th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 219 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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May 26 Historical Event(s)
- 451Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Empire defeats the Armenians militarily but guarantees them freedom to openly practice Christianity.
- 1647Alse Young, hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, becomes the first person executed as a witch in the British American colonies.
- 1770The Orlov Revolt, an attempt to revolt against the Ottoman Empire before the Greek War of Independence, ends in disaster for the Greeks.
- 1822116 people die in the Grue Church fire, the biggest fire disaster in Norway’s history.
- 1918The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.
- 1938In the United States, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.
- 1972The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
- 1981Prime Minister of Italy Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
- 1991Lauda Air Flight 004 crashes in rural Thailand, killing 223.
- 2008Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million.
Who were born on May 26?
- 1886Al Jolson, American singer (d. 1950)
- 1907John Wayne, American actor (d. 1979)
- 1910Imi Lichtenfeld, Israeli martial artist (d. 1998)
- 1942Ganapathi Sachchidananda, Indian spiritual figure
- 1946Mick Ronson, English musician (d. 1993)
- 1958Howard Goodall, British composer
- 1964Lenny Kravitz, American musician
- 1971Timothy Allen, British photojournalist
- 1978Fabio Firmani, Italian footballer
- 1981Isaac Slade, American musician (The Fray)
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