May 26: Day of the Week
May 26, 2020 is the 147th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 219 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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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)
- 1293An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000.
- 1538Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
- 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.
- 1869Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- 1896Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
- 1908At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
- 1940World War II: Battle of Dunkirk – In France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.
- 1972The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
- 1991Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
- 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?
- 1478Pope Clement VII (d. 1534)
- 1669Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (d. 1722)
- 1938Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
- 1949Joe Alaskey, American voice actor
- 1951Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician
- 1954Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
- 1966Helena Bonham Carter, English actress
- 1967Kevin Moore, American musician (OSI)
- 1970Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese cartoonist
- 1987Josh Thomas, Australian comedian
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