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, 404,568 hours 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.
  • 1909
    Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • 1935
    Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.
  • 1952
    Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam.
  • 1972
    The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1933
    James Goldsmith, Anglo-French businessman (d. 1997)
  • 1950
    Helen Clark, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (1999–2008)
  • 1957
    Joe Mullen, American ice hockey player
  • 1958
    Greg Germann, American actor
  • 1971
    Max Martin, Swedish composer and producer
  • 1973
    Erinn Bartlett, American actress
  • 1977
    Marty Reasoner, American ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer
  • 1984
    Beren Saat, Turkish actress
  • 1984
    Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer

Who died on February 26?

  • 1266
    King Manfred of Sicily (b. 1232)
  • 1561
    Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • 1630
    William Brade, English composer (b. 1560)
  • 1638
    Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac, French mathematician (b. 1681)
  • 1790
    Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1730)
  • 1969
    Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist (b. 1883)
  • 1981
    Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (b. 1914)
  • 1994
    Bill Hicks, American comedian (b. 1961)
  • 2001
    Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • 2008
    Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies) (b. 1947)

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