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, 1,488,067,200 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 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

  • 1266
    Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1980
    Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1908
    Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (d. 2007)
  • 1908
    Tex Avery, American cartoonist (d. 1980)
  • 1911
    Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • 1913
    George Barker, English poet (d. 1991)
  • 1953
    Michael Bolton, American singer
  • 1967
    Currie Graham, Canadian actor
  • 1979
    Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer
  • 1979
    Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver
  • 1983
    Pepe, Brazilian born Portuguese football player
  • 1991
    CL (singer), South Korean singer/rapper (2NE1)

Who died on February 26?

  • 1630
    William Brade, English composer (b. 1560)
  • 1770
    Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer (b. 1692)
  • 1961
    King Mohammed V of Morocco (b. 1909)
  • 1989
    Roy Eldridge, American musician (b. 1911)
  • 1998
    Shirley Ardell Mason, American psychiatric patient (AKA Sybil Isabell Dorsett in Sybil (book) (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2008
    Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies) (b. 1947)
  • 2008
    Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist (b. 1942)
  • 2009
    Norm Van Lier, American basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • 2011
    James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)

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