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.
  • 1920
    The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premièred in Berlin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.
  • 1993
    World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.
  • 1995
    The United Kingdom’s oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1885
    Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
  • 1916
    Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer, and comedian (d. 1987)
  • 1938
    Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot guerilla (d. 1957)
  • 1945
    Bob Hite, American singer and harmonicist (Canned Heat) (d. 1981)
  • 1954
    Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, heir to the deposed Kingdom of Hanover and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • 1960
    Jaz Coleman, British musician
  • 1978
    Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer
  • 1979
    Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer
  • 1984
    Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer
  • 1992
    Mikael Granlund, Finnish ice hockey player

Who died on February 26?

  • 1931
    Otto Wallach, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1847)
  • 1959
    Selig Suskin, Russian-born Israeli agronomist and early Zionist (b. 1873)
  • 1966
    Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer (b. 1883)
  • 1969
    Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist (b. 1883)
  • 1990
    Cornell Gunter, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1938)
  • 1997
    David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 2003
    Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 2008
    Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • 2010
    Nujabes, Japanese hip hop producer (b. 1974)
  • 2011
    James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)

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