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

  • 364
    Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
  • 1794
    The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
  • 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
  • 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).
  • 1971
    U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1972
    The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.
  • 1980
    Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations.
  • 1992
    Nagorno-Karabakh War: Khojaly Massacre: Armenian armed forces open fire on Azeri civilians at a military post outside the town of Khojaly leaving hundreds dead.
  • 2004
    Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1786
    François Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (d. 1853)
  • 1918
    Theodore Sturgeon, American writer (d. 1985)
  • 1946
    Ahmed H. Zewail, Egyptian chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1955
    Andreas Maislinger, founder of Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service
  • 1956
    Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer
  • 1966
    Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
  • 1969
    Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer
  • 1983
    Jerome Harrison, American football player
  • 1986
    Teresa Palmer, Australian model and actress
  • 1990
    Kateřina Cachová, Czech heptathlete

Who died on February 26?

  • 1200
    Symeon, former Serbian ruler and saint (b. 1109)
  • 1552
    Heinrich Faber, German composer
  • 1608
    John Still, English bishop
  • 1630
    William Brade, English composer (b. 1560)
  • 1726
    Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1662)
  • 1815
    Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • 1883
    Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)
  • 1921
    Carl Menger, Austrian economist (b. 1840)
  • 2000
    George L. Street III American Navy submariner and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)

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