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What are the important events that happened on February 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 26 is the 57th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 308 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 13, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,801,120 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontaheptagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 358 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,528 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 26 Historical Events

  • 364
    Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
  • 1266
    Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
  • 1658
    Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655–1661), the King of Denmark-Norway is forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden to save the rest.
  • 1935
    Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1808
    Honoré Daumier, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 1879)
  • 1808
    Nathan Kelley,American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d. 1871)
  • 1943
    Bill Duke, American actor and director
  • 1953
    Michael Bolton, American singer
  • 1968
    Tim Commerford, American bassist(Rage Against the Machine)

Who died on February 26?

  • 1200
    Symeon, former Serbian ruler and saint (b. 1109)
  • 1815
    Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • 1971
    Fernandel, French actor (b. 1903)
  • 1981
    Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (b. 1914)
  • 1997
    David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)

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