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

  • 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.
  • 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
  • 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.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1564
    Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist (d. 1593)
  • 1732
    Francis Marion, American Revolutionary War officer (d. 1795)
  • 1746
    Archduchess Marie Amalie of Austria, duchess of Piacenza (d. 1806)
  • 1799
    Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (d. 1864)
  • 1846
    William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, American frontiersman (d. 1917)
  • 1919
    Mason Adams, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1943
    Dante Ferretti, Italian art director and costume designer
  • 1958
    Greg Germann, American actor
  • 1964
    Mark Dacascos, American actor and martial artist
  • 1974
    Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver

Who died on February 26?

  • 1726
    Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1662)
  • 1770
    Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer (b. 1692)
  • 1815
    Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • 1931
    Otto Wallach, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1847)
  • 1947
    Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council (b. 1868)
  • 1969
    Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist (b. 1883)
  • 1990
    Cornell Gunter, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1938)
  • 1995
    Jack Clayton, British film director (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2004
    Boris Trajkovski, Macedonian politician, President (1999-death) (b. 1956)

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