May 26: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, May 26, 2002, Eminem released his fourth studio album "The Eminem Show"?

May 26th is officially Paper Airplane Day and Blueberry Cheesecake Day.

We’ve reached the 146th day of the year. There are 219 days left until the end of the year.

Find out some incredible facts about this day, including what historical events happened, and what celebrities were born on May 26.

Did you know that on this day in 2002, Eminem released his fourth studio album “The Eminem Show”? Considered the most anticipated album of 2002, it debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 26th in history!

What Events Happened On May 26 In History?

2019 Simon Pagenaud of France finished the 2016 Indy 500 just two-tenths of a second ahead of Alexander Rossi.

2002 Eminem released his fourth studio album, “The Eminem Show.”

OTD in 2002: Eminem released his fourth studio album

It went on to win the 2002 Billboard Album of the Year and Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2003.

2000 Arthur C. Clarke was knighted.

On a visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, he was made a Knight Bachelor for "services to literature" at a ceremony. This knighthood is usually awarded to those who have advised for public service.

1998 The United States Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island is primarily located in the state of New Jersey and not New York like many think it does.

1994 Lisa Marie, Elvis Presley’s daughter, married Michael Jackson. However, they divorced after four years.

1993 Carlos Martinez famously hit a ball off Jose Canseco’s head for a home run in major league baseball.

1990 Philadelphia Phillies retired the future Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt’s uniform #20.


1969 NASA’s Apollo 10 mission returned to earth after successfully testing all possible elements of a Moon landing.

The Apollo 10 Command Service Module (CSM) landed in the Pacific Ocean 400 miles (740 km) east of American Samoa. The astronauts and the CSM were recovered by ship, flown to American Samoa, Honolulu, and then finally flown to the US. The CSM was then displayed in various countries, eventually becoming a permanent feature at the London Science Museum.

1967 The Beatles released their eighth album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The avant-garde album was an instant success, reaching #1 on multiple charts in the US almost instantly, staying at that position for as many as 27 weeks. It won four Grammy awards in 1968 and has been ranked as one of the best albums of all time.

1927 The last Ford Model T motor car was ceremoniously rolled off the assembly line.

OTD in 1927: The last Ford Model T motor car was ceremoniously rolled off the assembly line.

Henry Ford, its inventor, watched the final car come off the line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan. The Model T had been in production for 19 years, during which about 15 million vehicles were built.

1925 Ty Cobb, a future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder, was the first to gain 1,000 extra-base hits.

OTD in 1925: Ty Cobb

1923 The first-ever Le Mans endurance race began.

Originally intended to run for three years, this endurance race based winners on who can cover the farthest distance in 24 hours. Winners of the inaugural race were André Lagache and René Léonard.

1822 Norway’s deadliest fire happened when Grue’s church burned down, killing one hundred and thirteen people inside.

Famous Quotes Said On May 26

Here we have the most notable quotes that have been spoken throughout history on May 26th.


“Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.”

– Mark Twain

Famous People Born On May 26

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Helena Bonham Carter? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1983 Scott Disick

American TV Personality

Scott Disick
39 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1966 Helena Bonham Carter

English Actress

Helena Bonham Carter
56 years old
Born In:
England, UK
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1948 Stevie Nicks

American Singer

Stevie Nicks
74 years old
Born In:
Arizona, USA

1964 Lenny Kravitz

American Singer

Lenny Kravitz
58 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1971 Matt Stone

American Actor

Matt Stone
51 years old
Born In:
Texas, USA

Special Holidays On May 26

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

May 26: National Paper Airplane Day

National Paper Airplane Day

The furthest paper airplane throw on record was 226 feet and 10 inches (69.14 meters)! May 26 is celebrated annually as Paper Airplane Day, so pull out a piece of paper, get folding and see how far you can throw yours!

May 26: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Blueberries pretty much make everything taste more luxurious, and cheesecake is definitely no exception! It’s time to honor this brilliant dessert, and what better way to do so than eating it! Have a go at making it yourself, or just buy some; it’s going to be delicious either way.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

There is a company in Japan that has schools that teach you how to be funny. The first one opened in 1982. About 1,000 students take the course each year.

May 26 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Those of you who were born on May 26th share the Gemini zodiac sign.

As an air sign, Gemini is also associated with the mind and knowledge. They like to pick things apart to understand them.

For those of you born in May, you have the Emerald birthstone. Green is a color that signifies hope, the coming of spring, regeneration, and new growth. Even the word “emerald” comes from the ancient Greek “smaragdos,” which means “green gem.”

If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived on the week of September 2nd in the previous year.

Babies conceived on May 26th, 2023, will be due around February 16th, 2024.

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