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 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 308 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 13, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,801,120 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 358 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 1,528 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 26 Historical Events

  • 747 BCE
    Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy’s Nabonassar Era.
  • 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.
  • 1935
    Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.
  • 1961
    Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
  • 1966
    Apollo Program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
  • 1971
    U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.
  • 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?

  • 1720
    Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1803)
  • 1786
    François Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (d. 1853)
  • 1829
    Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (d. 1902)
  • 1885
    Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
  • 1928
    Anatoly Filipchenko, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1954
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish politician, Prime Minister (2003–present)
  • 1968
    Tim Commerford, American bassist(Rage Against the Machine)
  • 1979
    Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer and actor
  • 1980
    Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
  • 1983
    Jerome Harrison, American football player

Who died on February 26?

  • 1154
    King Roger II of Sicily (b. 1093)
  • 1266
    King Manfred of Sicily (b. 1232)
  • 1630
    William Brade, English composer (b. 1560)
  • 1943
    Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (b. 1892)
  • 1959
    Selig Suskin, Russian-born Israeli agronomist and early Zionist (b. 1873)
  • 1995
    Jack Clayton, British film director (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2004
    Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • 2009
    Johnny Kerr, American basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)
  • 2011
    Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)

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