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

  • 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.
  • 1794
    The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
  • 1917
    The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
  • 1920
    The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premièred in Berlin.
  • 1936
    In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1814
    Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (d. 1876)
  • 1919
    Mason Adams, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1921
    Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • 1937
    Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (d. 2011)
  • 1943
    Bill Duke, American actor and director
  • 1955
    Andreas Maislinger, founder of Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service
  • 1958
    Greg Germann, American actor
  • 1958
    Michel Houellebecq, French novelist
  • 1966
    Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
  • 1977
    Josh Towers, American baseball player

Who died on February 26?

  • 420
    Saint Porphyry, Palestine bishop
  • 1723
    Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • 1790
    Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1730)
  • 1802
    Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)
  • 1864
    Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, Canadian politician (b. 1807)
  • 1903
    Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor (b. 1818)
  • 1950
    Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish Music Hall Entertainer, Knighted for WWI War Work (b. 1870)
  • 1952
    Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general who briefly ruled the country (b. 1878)
  • 1959
    Selig Suskin, Russian-born Israeli agronomist and early Zionist (b. 1873)
  • 1997
    David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)

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