May 26 Holidays, Events & Observances

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May 26 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are May 26 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; May 26 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on May 26.

May 26 and observances
May 26 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in May, international holidays in May 26, national days in May 26. Some major May 26 national day and International holidays list in May calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of holidays and special days throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of these popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore May 26 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of May 26 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have compiled the long list of observances on May 26, notable events, national days in May 26, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on May 26 globally.

Month of May

May is the fifth month of the year, has 31 days, and is likely named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Alternatively, the name might have come from the Latin maiores, “elders,” who were celebrated now.

May is commonly associated as a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn (fall) in the Southern hemisphere. It is said that this is the month when plants really start to grow.

May’s birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.

The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents love or success.

Holidays in May

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

Meanwhile few of holidays in May are: Armed Forces Day, National Morel Mushroom Festival, World Whisky Day, Ely Eel Festival, Baby Day, Brothers and Sisters Day, International Scurvy Awareness Day, National Life Insurance Day, etc all in this month.

May 26 holidays and observances
May 26 Holidays and Observances

May 26 Holidays, National Day

May 26 is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 219 days remain until the end of the year.

Events

Pre-1600

  • 17 – Germanicus celebrates a triumph in Rome for his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti, and other German tribes west of the Elbe.
  • 451 – Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sasanian Empire takes place. The Sasanids defeat the Armenians militarily but guarantee them freedom to openly practice Christianity.
  • 946 – King Edmund I of England is murdered by a thief whom he personally attacks while celebrating St Augustine’s Mass Day.
  • 961 – King Otto I elects his six-year-old son Otto II as heir apparent and co-ruler of the East Frankish Kingdom. He is crowned at Aachen, and placed under the tutelage of his grandmother Matilda.
  • 1135 – Alfonso VII of León and Castile is crowned in León Cathedral as Imperator totius Hispaniae (Emperor of all of Spain).
  • 1293 – An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 23,000.
  • 1328 – William of Ockham, the Franciscan Minister-General Michael of Cesena, and two other Franciscan leaders secretly leave Avignon, fearing a death sentence from Pope John XXII.
  • 1538 – Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
  • 1573 – The Battle of Haarlemmermeer, a naval engagement in the Dutch War of Independence.

1601–1900

  • 1637 – Pequot War: A combined English and Mohegan force under John Mason attacks a village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Pequots.
  • 1644 – Portuguese Restoration War: Portuguese and Spanish forces both claim victory in the Battle of Montijo.
  • 1736 – The Battle of Ackia is fought near the present site of Tupelo, Mississippi. British and Chickasaw soldiers repel a French and Choctaw attack on the then-Chickasaw village of Ackia.
  • 1783 – A Great Jubilee Day held at North Stratford, Connecticut, celebrates the end of fighting in the American Revolution.
  • 1805 – Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in Milan Cathedral, the gothic cathedral in Milan.
  • 1821 – Establishment of the Peloponnesian Senate by the Greek rebels.
  • 1822 – One hundred sixteen people die in the Grue Church fire, the biggest fire disaster in Norway’s history.
  • 1857 – Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners.
  • 1864 – Montana is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last full general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
  • 1868 – The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal by one vote.
  • 1869 – Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • 1879 – Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.
  • 1896 – Nicholas II becomes the last Tsar of Imperial Russia.
  • 1896 – Charles Dow publishes the first ion of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
  • 1897 – Dracula, a Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, is published.
  • 1897 – The original manuscript of William Bradford’s history, Of Plymouth Plantation, is returned to the Governor of Massachusetts by the Bishop of London after being taken during the American Revolutionary War.

1901–present

  • 1900 – Thousand Days’ War: The Colombian Conservative Party turns the tide of war in their favor with victory against the Colombian Liberal Party in the Battle of Palonegro.
  • 1908 – The first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made at Masjed Soleyman in southwest Persia. The rights to the resource were quickly acquired by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
  • 1917 – Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon.
  • 1918 – The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.
  • 1923 – The first 24 Hours of Le Mans is held and has since been run annually in June.
  • 1927 – The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.
  • 1936 – In 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 ten hours.
  • 1937 – Walter Reuther and members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) clash with Ford Motor Company security guards at the River Rouge Complex complex in Dearborn, Michigan, during the Battle of the Overpass.
  • 1938 – In the United States, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.
  • 1940 – World War II: Operation Dynamo: In northern France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France.
  • 1940 – World War II: The Siege of Calais ends with the surrender of the British and French garrison.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Battle of Gazala takes place.
  • 1948 – The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 80-557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
  • 1966 – British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.
  • 1967 – The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.
  • 1968 – H-dagurinn in Iceland: Traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight.
  • 1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first crewed moon landing.
  • 1970 – The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
  • 1971 – Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army slaughters at least 71 Hindus in Burunga, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
  • 1972 – The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 1981 – Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
  • 1981 – An EA-6B Prowler crashes on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, killing 14 crewmen and injuring 45 others.
  • 1983 – The 7.8 Mw  Sea of Japan earthquake shakes northern Honshu with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A destructive tsunami is generated that leaves about 100 people dead.
  • 1986 – The European Community adopts the European flag.
  • 1991 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
  • 1991 – Lauda Air Flight 004 breaks apart in mid-air and crashes in the Phu Toei National Park in the Suphan Buri Province of Thailand, killing all 223 people on board.
  • 1998 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in New Jersey v. New York that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
  • 1998 – The first “National Sorry Day” is held in Australia. Reconciliation events are held nationally, and attended by over a million people.
  • 1998 – A MIAT Mongolian Airlines Harbin Y-12 crashes near Erdenet, Orkhon Province, Mongolia, resulting in 28 deaths.
  • 2002 – The tugboat Robert Y. Love collides with a support pier of Interstate 40 on the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, resulting in 14 deaths and 11 others injured.
  • 2004 – United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2008 – Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million.
  • 2021 – Ten people are killed in a shooting at a VTA rail yard in San Jose, California, United States.
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Birthdays

Pre-1600

  • 1264 – Koreyasu, Japanese prince and shōgun (d. 1326)
  • 1478 – Clement VII, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 1534)
  • 1562 – James III, margrave of Baden-Hachberg (d. 1590)
  • 1566 – Mehmed III, Ottoman sultan (d. 1603)

1601–1900

  • 1602 – Philippe de Champaigne, Dutch-French painter (d. 1674)
  • 1623 – William Petty, English economist and philosopher (d. 1687)
  • 1650 – John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire (d. 1722)
  • 1667 – Abraham de Moivre, French-English mathematician and theorist (d. 1754)
  • 1669 – Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist and mycologist (d. 1722)
  • 1700 – Nicolaus Zinzendorf, German bishop and saint (d. 1760)
  • 1750 – William Morgan, British actuary (d. 1833)
  • 1799 – August Kopisch, German poet and painter (d. 1853)
  • 1822 – Edmond de Goncourt, French author and critic, founded the Académie Goncourt (d. 1896)
  • 1863 – Bob Fitzsimmons, English-New Zealand boxer (d. 1917)
  • 1865 – Robert W. Chambers, American author and illustrator (d. 1933)
  • 1867 – Mary of Teck, English-born queen consort of the United Kingdom (d. 1953)
  • 1873 – Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian painter and illustrator (d. 1958)
  • 1876 – Percy Perrin, English cricketer (d. 1945)
  • 1880 – W. Otto Miessner, American composer and educator (d. 1967)
  • 1881 – Adolfo de la Huerta, Mexican politician and provisional president, 1920 (d. 1955)
  • 1883 – Mamie Smith, American singer, actress, dancer, and pianist (d. 1946)
  • 1886 – Al Jolson, American singer and actor (d. 1950)
  • 1887 – Ba U, 2nd President of Burma (d. 1963)
  • 1893 – Eugene Aynsley Goossens, English conductor and composer (d. 1962)
  • 1895 – Dorothea Lange, American photographer and journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1895 – Paul Lukas, Hungarian-American actor and singer (d. 1971)
  • 1898 – Ernst Bacon, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)
  • 1898 – Christfried Burmeister, Estonian speed skater (d. 1965)
  • 1899 – Antonio Barrette, Canadian lawyer and politician, 18th Premier of Quebec (d. 1968)
  • 1899 – Muriel McQueen Fergusson, Canadian lawyer and politician, Canadian Speaker of the Senate (d. 1997)
  • 1900 – Karin Juel, Swedish singer, actress, and writer (d. 1976)

1901–present

  • 1904 – George Formby, English singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1961)
  • 1904 – Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, Turkish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1983)
  • 1904 – Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist and educator (d. 2002)
  • 1907 – Jean Bernard, French physician and haematologist (d. 2006)
  • 1907 – John Wayne, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1979)
  • 1908 – Robert Morley, English actor (d. 1992)
  • 1908 – Nguyễn Ngọc Thơ, Vietnamese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (d. 1976)
  • 1909 – Matt Busby, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 1994)
  • 1909 – Adolfo López Mateos, Mexican politician, 48th President of Mexico (d. 1969)
  • 1910 – Imi Lichtenfeld, Hungarian-Israeli martial artist, boxer, and gymnast (d. 1998)
  • 1911 – Maurice Baquet, French actor and cellist (d. 2005)
  • 1911 – Henry Ephron, American playwright, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1992)
  • 1912 – János Kádár, Hungarian mechanic and politician, 46th Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1912 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian-American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1913 – Peter Cushing, English actor (d. 1994)
  • 1913 – Pierre Daninos, French author (d. 2005)
  • 1913 – Karin Ekelund, Swedish actress (d. 1976)
  • 1913 – Josef Manger, German weightlifter (d. 1991)
  • 1914 – Frankie Manning, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009)
  • 1915 – Vernon Alley, American bassist (d. 2004)
  • 1915 – Antonia Forest, English author (d. 2003)
  • 1916 – Henriette Roosenburg, Dutch journalist and author (d. 1972)
  • 1919 – Rubén González, Cuban pianist (d. 2003)
  • 1920 – Jack Cheetham, South African cricketer (d. 1980)
  • 1920 – Peggy Lee, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2002)
  • 1921 – Inge Borkh, German soprano (d. 2018)
  • 1923 – James Arness, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1923 – Roy Dotrice, English actor (d. 2017)
  • 1925 – Carmen Montejo, Cuban-Mexican actress (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Alec McCowen, English actor (d. 2017)
  • 1926 – Miles Davis, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1991)
  • 1927 – Jacques Bergerac, French actor and businessman (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, author, and assisted suicide activist (d. 2011)
  • 1929 – J. F. Ade Ajayi, Nigerian historian and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – Ernie Carroll, Australian television personality and producer
  • 1929 – Hans Freeman, Australian bioinorganic chemist and protein crystallographer (d. 2008)
  • 1929 – Catherine Sauvage, French singer and actress (d. 1998)
  • 1930 – Karim Emami, Indian-Iranian lexicographer and critic (d. 2005)
  • 1935 – Eero Loone, Estonian philosopher and academic
  • 1937 – Manorama, Indian actress and singer (d. 2015)
  • 1937 – Paul E. Patton, American politician, 59th Governor of Kentucky
  • 1938 – William Bolcom, American pianist and composer
  • 1938 – Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian author and playwright
  • 1938 – K. Bikram Singh, Indian director and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Teresa Stratas, Canadian soprano and actress
  • 1940 – Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Canadian academic and politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec
  • 1940 – Levon Helm, American singer-songwriter, drummer, producer, and actor (d. 2012)
  • 1941 – Aldrich Ames, American CIA officer and criminal
  • 1941 – Jim Dobbin, Scottish microbiologist and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1941 – Cliff Drysdale, South African tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1941 – Imants Kalniņš, Latvian composer
  • 1943 – Erica Terpstra, Dutch swimmer, journalist, and politician
  • 1944 – Phil Edmonston, American-Canadian journalist and politician
  • 1944 – Jan Kinder, Norwegian ice hockey player (d. 2013)
  • 1944 – Sam Posey, American race car driver and journalist
  • 1945 – Vilasrao Deshmukh, Indian lawyer and politician, 17th Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 2012)
  • 1945 – Alistair MacDuff, English lawyer and judge
  • 1945 – Garry Peterson, Canadian-American drummer
  • 1946 – Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian gymnast and coach
  • 1946 – Mick Ronson, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 1993)
  • 1947 – Carol O’Connell, American author and painter
  • 1947 – Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1948 – Stevie Nicks, American singer-songwriter
  • 1949 – Jeremy Corbyn, British journalist and politician
  • 1949 – Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer, developed the first wiki
  • 1949 – Pam Grier, American actress
  • 1949 – Anne McGuire, Scottish educator and politician
  • 1949 – Philip Michael Thomas, American actor
  • 1949 – Hank Williams Jr., American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951 – Ramón Calderón, Spanish lawyer and businessman
  • 1951 – Lou van den Dries, Dutch mathematician
  • 1951 – Sally Ride, American physicist and astronaut, founded Sally Ride Science (d. 2012)
  • 1951 – Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish educator and politician
  • 1953 – Kay Hagan, American lawyer and politician (d. 2019)
  • 1953 – Don McAllister, English footballer and manager
  • 1953 – Michael Portillo, English journalist, politician and TV presenter
  • 1954 – Michael Devine, Irish Republican hunger strike participant (d. 1981)
  • 1954 – Alan Hollinghurst, English novelist, poet, short story writer, and translator
  • 1954 – Denis Lebel, Canadian businessman and politician, 29th Canadian Minister of Transport
  • 1955 – Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese-American chef
  • 1955 – Paul Stoddart, Australian businessman
  • 1956 – Fiona Shackleton, English lawyer
  • 1956 – Jyoti Gogte, Indian academician
  • 1957 – Diomedes Díaz, Colombian singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1957 – François Legault, Canadian businessman and politician
  • 1957 – Roberto Ravaglia, Italian racing driver
  • 1958 – Ronnie Black, American golfer
  • 1958 – Arto Bryggare, Finnish hurdler and politician
  • 1958 – Margaret Colin, American actress
  • 1959 – Ole Bornedal, Danish actor, director, and producer
  • 1960 – Doug Hutchison, American actor
  • 1960 – Dean Lukin, Australian weightlifter
  • 1960 – Masahiro Matsunaga, Japanese racing driver
  • 1960 – Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1960 – Romas Ubartas, Lithuanian discus thrower
  • 1961 – Steve Pate, American golfer
  • 1961 – Tarsem Singh, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1962 – Black, English singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1962 – Genie Francis, Canadian-American actress
  • 1962 – Bobcat Goldthwait, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Simon Armitage, English poet, playwright and novelist
  • 1963 – Claude Legault, Canadian actor and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Mary Nightingale, English journalist
  • 1963 – Jamie Spence, English golfer
  • 1964 – Caitlín R. Kiernan, Irish-American paleontologist and author
  • 1964 – Lenny Kravitz, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor
  • 1964 – Argiris Pedoulakis, Greek basketball player and coach
  • 1966 – Helena Bonham Carter, English actress
  • 1966 – Zola Budd, South African runner
  • 1967 – Philip Treacy, Irish milliner, hat designer
  • 1967 – Mika Yamamoto, Japanese journalist (d. 2012)
  • 1968 – Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1968 – Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
  • 1968 – Steve Sedgley, English footballer and manager
  • 1969 – John Baird, Canadian politician, 10th Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1969 – Siri Lindley, American triathlete and coach
  • 1970 – Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese illustrator
  • 1971 – Zaher Andary, Lebanese footballer
  • 1971 – Matt Stone, American actor, animator, screenwriter, producer, and composer
  • 1973 – Naomi Harris, Canadian-American photographer
  • 1974 – Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer
  • 1975 – Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1976 – Paul Collingwood, English cricketer and coach
  • 1976 – Stephen Curry, Australian comedian and actor
  • 1976 – Kenny Florian, American mixed martial artist and sportscaster
  • 1976 – Justin Pierre, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1977 – Nikos Chatzivrettas, Greek basketball player
  • 1977 – Raina Telgemeier, American author and cartoonist
  • 1977 – Luca Toni, Italian footballer
  • 1977 – Misaki Ito, Japanese actress and model
  • 1978 – Phil Elvrum, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1978 – Fabio Firmani, Italian footballer
  • 1978 – Dan Parks, Australian-Scottish rugby player
  • 1979 – Amanda Bauer, American astronomer and academic
  • 1979 – Natalya Nazarova, Russian sprinter
  • 1979 – Elisabeth Harnois, American actress
  • 1979 – Mehmet Okur, Turkish basketball player
  • 1980 – Louis-Jean Cormier, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1981 – Robert Copeland, Australian footballer
  • 1981 – Anthony Ervin, American swimmer
  • 1981 – Jason Manford, English actor, screenwriter, and television host
  • 1981 – Isaac Slade, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1981 – Ben Zobrist, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Sten Lassmann, Estonian pianist
  • 1982 – Hasan Kabze, Turkish footballer
  • 1983 – Demy de Zeeuw, Dutch footballer
  • 1983 – Henry Holland, English fashion designer
  • 1983 – Nathan Merritt, Australian rugby league player
  • 1985 – Monika Christodoulou, Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1985 – Ashley Vincent, English footballer
  • 1986 – Michel Tornéus, Swedish long jumper
  • 1987 – Olcay Şahan, Turkish footballer
  • 1987 – Josh Thomas, Australian comedian and actor
  • 1988 – Andrea Catellani, Italian footballer
  • 1988 – Juan Cuadrado, Colombian footballer
  • 1988 – Dani Samuels, Australian discus thrower
  • 1988 – Damian Williams, American football player
  • 1989 – Paula Findlay, Canadian triathlete
  • 1991 – Ah Young, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1992 – Curtis Rona, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1993 – Jason Adesanya, Belgian footballer
  • 1993 – Katerine Savard, Canadian swimmer
  • 1993 – Jimmy Vesey, American ice hockey player
  • 1996 – Lara Goodall, South African cricketer
  • 1999 – Georgia Wareham, Australian cricketer
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Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 604 – Augustine of Canterbury, Benedictine monk and archbishop
  • 735 – Bede, English monk, historian, and theologian
  • 818 – Ali al-Ridha, Saudi Arabian 8th of The Twelve Imams
  • 926 – Yuan Xingqin, Chinese general and governor
  • 946 – Edmund I, king of England (b. 921)
  • 1035 – Berenguer Ramon I, Spanish nobleman (b. 1005)
  • 1055 – Adalbert, margrave of Austria
  • 1250 – Peter I, duke of Brittany
  • 1339 – Aldona Ona, queen of Poland
  • 1362 – Louis I, king of Naples (b. 1320)
  • 1421 – Mehmed I, Ottoman sultan (b. 1389)
  • 1512 – Bayezid II, Ottoman sultan (b. 1447)
  • 1536 – Francesco Berni, Italian poet (b. 1498)
  • 1552 – Sebastian Münster, German cartographer and cosmographer (b. 1488)

1601–1900

  • 1648 – Vincent Voiture, French poet and author (b. 1597)
  • 1653 – Robert Filmer, English theorist and author (b. 1588)
  • 1679 – Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1636)
  • 1685 – Charles II, German elector palatine (b. 1651)
  • 1702 – Zeb-un-Nissa, Mughal princess and poet (d. 1638)
  • 1703 – Samuel Pepys, English politician (b. 1633)
  • 1742 – Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian diplomat (b. 1672)
  • 1746 – Thomas Southerne, Irish playwright (b. 1660)
  • 1762 – Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, German philosopher and academic (b. 1714)
  • 1799 – James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish linguist, biologist, and judge (b. 1714)
  • 1818 – Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, Russian field marshal and politician, Governor-General of Finland (b. 1761)
  • 1818 – Manuel Rodríguez Erdoíza, Chilean lawyer and guerrilla leader (b. 1785)
  • 1824 – Capel Lofft, English lawyer (b. 1751)
  • 1840 – Sidney Smith, English admiral and politician (b. 1764)
  • 1881 – Jakob Bernays, German philologist and academic (b. 1824)
  • 1883 – Abdelkader El Djezairi, Algerian ruler (b. 1808)
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1901–present

  • 1902 – Almon Brown Strowger, American soldier and inventor (b. 1839)
  • 1908 – Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indian religious leader, founded the Ahmadiyya movement (b. 1835)
  • 1914 – Jacob August Riis, Danish-American journalist, photographer, and reformer (b. 1849)
  • 1924 – Victor Herbert, Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor, founded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (b. 1859)
  • 1926 – Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (b. 1904)
  • 1933 – Horatio Bottomley, English financier, journalist, and politician (b. 1860)
  • 1933 – Jimmie Rodgers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1897)
  • 1939 – Charles Horace Mayo, American physician, co-founded Mayo Clinic (b. 1865)
  • 1943 – Edsel Ford, American businessman (b. 1893)
  • 1943 – Alice Tegnér, Swedish organist, composer, and educator (b. 1864)
  • 1944 – Christian Wirth, German SS officer (b. 1885)
  • 1948 – Torsten Bergström, Swedish actor and director (b. 1896)
  • 1951 – Lincoln Ellsworth, American explorer (b. 1880)
  • 1954 – Lionel Conacher, Canadian football player and politician (b. 1900)
  • 1955 – Alberto Ascari, Italian racing driver (b. 1918)
  • 1956 – Al Simmons, American baseball player and coach (b. 1902)
  • 1959 – Philip Kassel, American gymnast (b. 1876)
  • 1964 – Ruben Oskar Auervaara, Finnish fraudster (b. 1906)
  • 1966 – Elizabeth Dilling, American author and activist (b. 1894)
  • 1969 – Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1969 – Allan Haines Loughead, American engineer, co-founded the Lockheed Corporation (b. 1889)
  • 1974 – Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 1976 – Martin Heidegger, German philosopher and academic (b. 1889)
  • 1978 – Cybele Andrianou, Greek actress (b. 1887)
  • 1979 – George Brent, Irish-American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1984 – Elizabeth Peer, American journalist (b. 1936)
  • 1989 – Don Revie, English footballer and manager (b. 1927)
  • 1994 – Sonny Sharrock, American guitarist (b. 1940)
  • 1995 – Friz Freleng, American animator, director, and producer (b. 1906)
  • 1997 – Ralph Horween, American football player and coach (b. 1896)
  • 1999 – Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and philanthropist (b. 1906)
  • 1999 – Waldo Semon, American chemist and engineer (b. 1898)
  • 2001 – Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 2001 – Anne Haney, American actress (b. 1934)
  • 2001 – Moven Mahachi, Zimbabwean soldier and politician, Zimbabwean Minister of Defence (b. 1952)
  • 2001 – Dona Massin, Canadian actress and choreographer (b. 1917)
  • 2002 – Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
  • 2003 – Kathleen Winsor, American journalist and author (b. 1919)
  • 2004 – Nikolai Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  • 2005 – Eddie Albert, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 2005 – Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player and manager (b. 1928)
  • 2005 – Ruth Laredo, American pianist and educator (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – Leslie Smith, English businessman, co-founded Lesney Products (b. 1918)
  • 2006 – Édouard Michelin, French businessman (b. 1963)
  • 2006 – Kevin O’Flanagan, Irish footballer and physician (b. 1919)
  • 2007 – Jack Edward Oliver, English illustrator (b. 1942)
  • 2007 – Howard Porter, American basketball player (b. 1948)
  • 2008 – Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2008 – Zita Urbonaitė, Lithuanian cyclist (b. 1973)
  • 2009 – Mihalis Papagiannakis, Greek journalist and politician (b. 1941)
  • 2009 – Peter Zezel, Canadian ice hockey and soccer player (b. 1965)
  • 2010 – Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television host (b. 1912)
  • 2010 – Chris Moran, English air marshal and pilot (b. 1956)
  • 2010 – Kieran Phelan, Irish politician (b. 1949)
  • 2011 – Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author, and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Arthur Decabooter, Belgian cyclist (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Leo Dillon, American illustrator (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Stephen Healey, Welsh captain and footballer (b. 1982)
  • 2012 – Hiroshi Miyazawa, Japanese politician (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Hans Schmidt, Canadian wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Jim Unger, English-Canadian illustrator (b. 1937)
  • 2013 – Ray Barnhart, American businessman and politician (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – John Bierwirth, American lawyer and businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Roberto Civita, Italian-Brazilian businessman (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Tom Lichtenberg, American football player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Otto Muehl, Austrian painter (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Jack Vance, American author (b. 1916)
  • 2014 – Baselios Thoma Didymos I, Indian metropolitan (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Miodrag Radulovacki, Serbian-American academic and neuropharmacologist (b. 1933)
  • 2014 – William R. Roy, American physician, journalist, and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Hooshang Seyhoun, Iranian-Canadian architect, sculptor, and painter (b. 1920)
  • 2015 – Vicente Aranda, Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Les Johnson, Australian politician and diplomat, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Robert Kraft, American astronomer and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – João Lucas, Portuguese footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2016 – Hedy Epstein, German-born American human rights activist and Holocaust survivor (b. 1924)
  • 2017 – Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-born American politician (b. 1928)
  • 2019 – Prem Tinsulanonda, Former Prime Minister of Thailand

Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Augustine of Canterbury (Anglican Communion and Eastern Orthodox)
    • Lambert of Vence
    • Peter Sanz (one of Martyr Saints of China)
    • Philip Neri
    • Pope Eleuterus
    • Quadratus of Athens
    • Zachary, Bishop of Vienne
    • May 26 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Independence Day, commemorates the day of the First Republic in 1918 (Georgia)
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Guyana from the United Kingdom in 1966.
  • Mother’s Day (Poland)
  • National Paper Airplane Day (United States)
  • National Sorry Day (Australia)
  • BBC: On This Day
  • The New York Times: On This Day
  • Historical Events on May 26
  • Today in Canadian History

May 26 National Days, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of May (May 26 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic May 26 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

Check out more May events, May holidays, events and observances. or by checking any date from the calendar below.

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