August 26

August 26 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on August 26, include:

  • Congressional Startup Day 
  • Make Your Own Luck Day 
  • Motorist Consideration Monday - August 26, 2024 (Last Monday in August)
  • Musical Yoga Day 
  • National Cherry Popsicle Day 
  • National Dog Day 
  • National Toilet Paper Day 
  • National Webmistress Day 
  • Women's Equality Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include August 26, are:

  • Be Kind to Humankind Week - August 25-31
  • Brake Safety Week - August 25-31, 2024
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - Labor Day: August 14 - September 2, 2024
  • Health Unit Coordinators Week - August 23-29
  • Janmashtami - Evening of August 25 - Evening of August 26, 2024
  • National Composites Week - August 26-30, 2024
  • National Safe at Home Week - August 26-30, 2024 (Last Mon-Fri Week in August)
  • World Water Week - August 25-29, 2024

2024 Monthly Holidays that include August 26, are:

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


  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.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • US Open Tennis Championships - August 26 - September 8, 2024

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 26 is Virgo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1740 - Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French aeronaut who invented the hot air balloon (d. 1810)
  • 1906 - Albert B. Savin, Polish-American medical researcher who developed the oral polio vaccine (d. 1993)
  • 1910 - Mother Teresa - Macedonian-Indian missionary, nun and Founder of Missionaries of Charity. She won the Nobel Peach Prize in 1979 (d. 1997)
  • 1946 - Valerie Simpson, American singer and songwriter (Ashford & Simpson)
  • 1970 - Melissa McCarthy, American actress, screenwriter, and producer (Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly, Bridesmaids)
  • 1966 - Shirley Manson, Scottish singer, songwriter and actress (Garbage)
  • 1980 - Macaulay Culkin, American actor (Home Alone movies, My Girl)
  • 1980 - Chris Pine, American actor (Star Trek)

Famous Deaths

  • 1974 - Charles Lindbergh, American aviator (b. 1902)
  • 1977 - H.A. Rey, German-American author and illustrator, who created the book Curious George (b. 1898)
  • 1989 - Irving Stone, American author (b. 1903)
  • 2004 - Laura Branigan, American singer, songwriter, and actress (Gloria) (b. 1957)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1927 - Architect Frank Lloyd Wright divorces artist Maude Noel after 4 years of marriage

Quote of the Day

Mother Teresa was born on this day, August 26 in 1910.  What an amazing woman!  She had so many great quotes to choose from, it was difficult to choose just one! 

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

Mindful Eating is about being conscious of why you are eating, and what is going on inside of you.  It is the whole picture of how and why you eat, and less about what you actually eat.

Find out more about Mindful Eating from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits! (Link goes to her website)

Tips on Mindful Eating!

This Day in History

  • 1498 - Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
  • 1768 - Captain James Cook sets sail from england on board the HMS Endeavour
  • 1791 - John Fitch obtains a US patent for his working steamboat
  • 1920 - The 19th amendment to the United States Constitution gives women the right to vote
  • 1970 - The feminist movement led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women's Strike for Equality
  • 1980 - John Birges plants a bomb at the Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada

This Day in Music

  • 1967 - Ode to Billy Joe by Bobbie Gentry hits #1
  • 1967 - Jimi Hendrix releases Purple Haze
  • 1968 - Harper Valley P.T.A. by Jeannie C. Riley is certified gold.
  • 1968 - Hey Jude is released by The Beatles with Revolution on the B-side
  • 1969 - Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley is released
  • 1972 - Brandy (You're a Find Girl) by Looking Glass hits #1
  • 1973 - Bobby Darin plays his final concert at the Hilton in Las Vegas
  • 1978 - Grease by Frankie Valli hits #1
  • 2007 - The High School Musical 2 soundtrack album hits #1 on the U.S. album chart 

Today, August 26 is the birthday of  Shirley Manson, who is a singer and songwriter from Scotland, and is the lead singer of the band Garbage.  I first heard of Garbage while watching the show La Femme Nikita, which played their song, Number One Crush. Above is the song, with clips from La Femme Nikita. (Love this song!)

This Day in Sports

  • 1778 - Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia is climbed for the first time
  • 1903 - The Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
  • 1961 - The official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto, Canada
  • 1990 - Bo Jackson hits his 4th of 4 consecutive HRs

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

 Paradigm Shift (noun)

1. A radical change in thinking from an accepted point of view to a new one, necessitated when new scientific discoveries produce anomalies in the current paradigm.

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