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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 308 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 13, 2015 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,424,908,800 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 347 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 797 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.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    Ship HMHS, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
  • 1919
    President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).
  • 1935
    Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1960
    A New York bound Alitalia airliner crashed into a cemetery at Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.
  • 1980
    Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations.
  • 1993
    World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1720
    Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1803)
  • 1903
    Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • 1911
    Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • 1926
    Miroslava, Mexican actress (d. 1955)
  • 1937
    Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • 1945
    Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
  • 1950
    Jonathan Cain, American musician (Journey, Bad English, The Babys)
  • 1967
    James Allodi, Canadian actor, writer and director
  • 1968
    Ed Quinn, American actor
  • 1971
    Hélène Ségara, French singer

Who died on February 26?

  • 1638
    Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac, French mathematician (b. 1681)
  • 1821
    Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)
  • 1930
    Mary Calkins, American philosopher and psychologist (b. 1863)
  • 1931
    Otto Wallach, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1847)
  • 1933
    Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
  • 1971
    Fernandel, French actor (b. 1903)
  • 1981
    Howard Hanson, American composer (b. 1896)
  • 1998
    Theodore Schultz, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 2005
    Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2008
    Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist (b. 1942)

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