May 26

May 26 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on May 26, include:

  • Corpus Christi - May 26, 2016
  • Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day - May 26, 2016 (Thursday of Memorial Day Week)
  • National Cherry Dessert Day 
  • World Lindy Hop Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include May 26, are:

  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week - May 22-28, 2016
  • Lag B'omer - Evening of May 25, 2016 to Evening of May 26, 2016
  • National Backyard Games Week - May 23-30, 2016
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week - May 22-28, 2016
  • National Safe Boating Week - May 21-27, 2016
  • National Tire Safety Week - May 22-28, 2016
  • Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non Self-Governing Territories - May 25-31

2016 Monthly Holidays that include May 26, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our May Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of May.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for May 26 is Gemini.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for May are:

  • The Lily of the Valley - Humility, Chastity and Sweetness - signifies a return to happiness
  • Hawthorn


The Birthstone(s) for May is the Emerald which is a symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1907 - John Wayne, Actor, singer, director, and producer (True Grit) (d. 1979)
  • 1920 - Peggy Lee, American singer, songwriter, and actress (d. 2002)
  • 1923 - James Arness, American actor and producer (Gunsmoke) (d. 2011)
  • 1926 - Miles Davis, American jazz musician, composer, and bandleader (Miles Davis Quintet) (d. 1991)
  • 1945 - Garry Peterson, Canadian-American drummer for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  • 1948 - Stevie Nicks, American singer, songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)
  • 1949 - Pam Grier, American actress (Jackie Brown, The L Word)
  • 1949 - Hank Williams, Jr. American country singer, songwriter
  • 1962 - Genie Francis, American actress (Laura on General Hospital)
  • 1964 - Lenny Kravitz, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and actor (Hunger Games series)
  • 1966 - Helena Bonham Carter, English actress and singer (Fight Club, The Harry Potter series)
  • 1975 - Lauryn Hill, American singer, songwriter, producer, and actress 

Famous Deaths

  • 946 - Edmund I of England (b. 921)
  • 1647 - Alse Young, American woman executed for witchcraft (b. 1600)
  • 1939 - Charles Horace Mayo, American surgeon, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic (b. 1865)
  • 2005 - Eddie Albert, American actor and singer (b. 1906)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1994 - Michael Jackson marries Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley

Quote of the Day

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

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This Day in History

  • 946 - While celebrating St. Augustine's Mass Day, King Edmund I of England is murdered by a thief who he personally attacks
  • 1293 - Approx. 30,000 are killed by an earthquake in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1647 - The first person executed as a witch in the American colonies is Alse Young
  • 1805 - Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned the King of Italy
  • 1822 - The biggest fire disaster in Norway's history kills 116 people in the Grue Church fire
  • 1830 - The U.S. Congress passes the Indian Removal Act, and it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.  
  • 1864 - The territory of Montana is formed
  • 1896 - Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia
  • 1896 - Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average with 12 industrial stocks
  • 1897 - Dracula, by Bram Stoker, and Irish author is published
  • 1906 - The Vauxhall Bridge crossing the River Thames is opened in London
  • 1918 - The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established
  • 1948 - The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557, which established the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force
  • 1966 - Guyana (formerly British Guiana) gains its independence from UK
  • 1972 - The Willandra National Park is established in New South Wales, Australia
  • 1977 - George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center
  • 1983 - A 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan and triggers a tsunami that kills 104 people and injures thousands and destroys thousands of buildings
  • 2004 - Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing
  • 2008 - 148 deaths and the evacuation of 1.3 million as a result of severe flooding in eastern and southern China

This Day in Music

  • 1970 - Everything is Beautiful by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • 1971 - American Pie by Don McLean is recorded
  • 1973 - The Beatles 1967-1970 album by The Beatles hits #1
  • 1973 - Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple is released
  • 1982 - A Hollywood Walk of Fame star is given to Bobby Darin who died in 1973
  • 1984 - Let's Hear It For The Boy, by Deniece Williams hits #1.  The song was in the movie, Footloose. (video below)
  • 2008 - Paul McCartney is given an honorary Doctorate of Music at Yale University

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This Day in Sports

  • 1887 - New York state makes racetrack betting legal
  • 1917 - Walt Cruise hits the 1st HR out of Braves Field in Boston
  • 1923 - The 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance is run in Le Mans France and is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world
  • 1925 - Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers is the 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits
  • 1984 - A frisbee is kept aloft for 1,672 seconds in Philadelphia
  • 2003 - Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 records and breaks a previous record of only 3 days. 

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Eyrie (noun)

1. A bird of prey's nest
2. Any high and remote but commanding place

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