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 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 309 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 13, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,456,444,800 seconds 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 337 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 1,162 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 26 Historical Events

  • 364
    Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
  • 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
  • 1909
    Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • 1920
    The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premièred in Berlin.
  • 1929
    President Calvin Coolidge signs an Executive Order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
  • 1936
    In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.
  • 1946
    Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.
  • 1952
    Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.
  • 1995
    The United Kingdom’s oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1802
    Victor Hugo, French writer (d. 1885)
  • 1861
    Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary, widow of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1939)
  • 1920
    Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1945
    Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
  • 1947
    Sandie Shaw, English singer
  • 1948
    Sharyn McCrumb, American writer
  • 1968
    Ed Quinn, American actor
  • 1973
    Erinn Bartlett, American actress
  • 1982
    Song Hye Kyo, South Korean model and actress
  • 1991
    CL (singer), South Korean singer/rapper (2NE1)

Who died on February 26?

  • 420
    Saint Porphyry, Palestine bishop
  • 1200
    Symeon, former Serbian ruler and saint (b. 1109)
  • 1770
    Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer (b. 1692)
  • 1913
    Felix Draeseke, German composer (b. 1835)
  • 1930
    Mary Calkins, American philosopher and psychologist (b. 1863)
  • 1931
    Otto Wallach, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1847)
  • 1961
    King Mohammed V of Morocco (b. 1909)
  • 1969
    Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist (b. 1883)
  • 1989
    Roy Eldridge, American musician (b. 1911)
  • 2009
    Johnny Kerr, American basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)

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