May 26: Day of the Week
May 26, 2021 was the 146th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 219 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 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.
- 1770The Orlov Revolt, an attempt to revolt against the Ottoman Empire before the Greek War of Independence, ends in disaster for the Greeks.
- 1783A Great Jubilee Day held at Trumbull, Connecticut celebrated end of fighting in American Revolution.
- 1865American Civil War: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
- 1896Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
- 1897Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.
- 1918The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.
- 1936In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson begins speaking on the Appropriation Bill. By the time he sits down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for 10 hours.
- 1969Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
- 1970The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
Who were born on May 26?
- 1650John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, British general (d. 1722)
- 1689Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (d. 1762)
- 1915Antonia Forest, British children’s author (d. 2003)
- 1941Cliff Drysdale, South African tennis player
- 1943Erica Terpstra, Dutch swimmer and politician
- 1958Moinul Ahsan Saber, Bangladeshi writer, editor.
- 1962Genie Francis, American actress
- 1969John Baird, Canadian politician
- 1972Kylie Ireland, Adult film actress, radio host and street artist
- 1981Irini Merkouri, Greek singer
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