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

  • 747 BCE
    Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy’s Nabonassar Era.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1876
    Japan and Korea sign a treaty granting Japanese citizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea’s status as a tributary state of Qing Dynasty China.
  • 1935
    Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.
  • 1952
    Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1802
    Victor Hugo, French writer (d. 1885)
  • 1814
    Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (d. 1876)
  • 1882
    Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
  • 1901
    Dwight Wilson, Canadian Soldier (d. 2007)
  • 1939
    Josephine Tewson, English actress
  • 1958
    Greg Germann, American actor
  • 1962
    Kelly Gruber, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Ed Quinn, American actor
  • 1980
    Gary Majewski, baseball pitcher
  • 1992
    Mikael Granlund, Finnish ice hockey player

Who died on February 26?

  • 1770
    Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer (b. 1692)
  • 1802
    Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)
  • 1821
    Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)
  • 1921
    Carl Menger, Austrian economist (b. 1840)
  • 1931
    Otto Wallach, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1847)
  • 1933
    Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
  • 1952
    Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general who briefly ruled the country (b. 1878)
  • 2004
    Boris Trajkovski, Macedonian politician, President (1999-death) (b. 1956)
  • 2005
    Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2009
    Norm Van Lier, American basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)

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