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.
  • 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.
  • 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
  • 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
    Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam.
  • 1972
    The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.
  • 2004
    Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1879
    Frank Bridge, English composer (d. 1941)
  • 1912
    Dane Clark, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1918
    Otis Ray Bowen, American physician & politician, 44th Governor of Indiana, and 16th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • 1928
    Monique Leyrac, Canadian singer and actress
  • 1943
    Dante Ferretti, Italian art director and costume designer
  • 1957
    David Muldrow Beasley, American politician and 113th Governor of South Carolina
  • 1958
    Tim Kaine, American politician, 70th Governor of Virginia
  • 1974
    Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
  • 1977
    Tim Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Gary Majewski, baseball pitcher

Who died on February 26?

  • 1577
    King Eric XIV of Sweden (b. 1533)
  • 1821
    Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)
  • 1933
    Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
  • 1969
    Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist (b. 1883)
  • 1969
    Levi Eshkol, Israeli politician, Prime Minister (1963-death) (b. 1895)
  • 1981
    Howard Hanson, American composer (b. 1896)
  • 1990
    Cornell Gunter, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1938)
  • 2004
    Boris Trajkovski, Macedonian politician, President (1999-death) (b. 1956)
  • 2009
    Norm Van Lier, American basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • 2011
    James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)

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