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, 413,352 hours 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

  • 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.
  • 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
  • 1936
    In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.
  • 1960
    A New York bound Alitalia airliner crashed into a cemetery at Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.
  • 2004
    Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1732
    Francis Marion, American Revolutionary War officer (d. 1795)
  • 1861
    King Ferdinand of Bulgaria (d. 1948)
  • 1861
    Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary, widow of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1939)
  • 1927
    Tom Kennedy, American game show host
  • 1950
    Jonathan Cain, American musician (Journey, Bad English, The Babys)
  • 1958
    Susan J. Helms, astronaut
  • 1964
    Mark Dacascos, American actor and martial artist
  • 1972
    Jonny Quinn Northern Irish drummer (Snow Patrol)
  • 1984
    Beren Saat, Turkish actress
  • 1985
    Miki Fujimoto, Japanese singer

Who died on February 26?

  • 420
    Saint Porphyry, Palestine bishop
  • 1154
    King Roger II of Sicily (b. 1093)
  • 1577
    King Eric XIV of Sweden (b. 1533)
  • 1611
    Antonio Possevino (b. 1533) Jesuit humanist, diplomat, bibliographer
  • 1723
    Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • 1726
    Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1662)
  • 1790
    Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1730)
  • 2000
    George L. Street III American Navy submariner and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Boris Trajkovski, Macedonian politician, President (1999-death) (b. 1956)

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