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, 1,456,444,800 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 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.
  • 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
  • 1909
    Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • 1914
    Ship HMHS, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
  • 1920
    The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premièred in Berlin.
  • 1935
    Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
  • 1971
    U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1814
    Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (d. 1876)
  • 1885
    Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
  • 1931
    Robert Novak, American political columnist (d. 2009)
  • 1943
    Bill Duke, American actor and director
  • 1959
    Rolando Blackman, American basketball player
  • 1973
    Marshall Faulk, American football player
  • 1974
    Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
  • 1981
    Johnathan Wendel, American video gamer
  • 1984
    Beren Saat, Turkish actress
  • 1986
    Leandro dos Santos de Jesus, Brazilian footballer

Who died on February 26?

  • 1154
    King Roger II of Sicily (b. 1093)
  • 1561
    Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • 1608
    John Still, English bishop
  • 1790
    Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1730)
  • 1933
    Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
  • 1969
    Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist (b. 1883)
  • 1985
    Tjalling Koopmans, Dutch economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)
  • 1993
    Constance Ford, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1998
    Theodore Schultz, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 2008
    Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist (b. 1942)

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