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, 24,274,080 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 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

  • 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
  • 1876
    Japan and Korea sign a treaty granting Japanese citizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea’s status as a tributary state of Qing Dynasty China.
  • 1917
    The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
  • 1966
    Apollo Program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
  • 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)
  • 1916
    Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer, and comedian (d. 1987)
  • 1938
    Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot guerilla (d. 1957)
  • 1960
    Robert Jaspert, German football manager
  • 1966
    Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
  • 1971
    Erykah Badu, American singer
  • 1973
    Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian footballer
  • 1974
    Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
  • 1980
    Gary Majewski, baseball pitcher
  • 1983
    Kara Monaco, American glamor model

Who died on February 26?

  • 1608
    John Still, English bishop
  • 1723
    Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • 1770
    Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer (b. 1692)
  • 1815
    Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • 1889
    Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
  • 1961
    King Mohammed V of Morocco (b. 1909)
  • 1998
    James Algar, American film director, screenwriter and producer (b. 1912)
  • 2008
    Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • 2009
    Johnny Kerr, American basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)
  • 2010
    Nujabes, Japanese hip hop producer (b. 1974)

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