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What are the important events that happened on March 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 26 is the 85th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 280 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 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, 1,490,486,400 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 ‘octacontapentagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 330 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 1,556 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 26 Historical Events

  • 1808
    Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII.
  • 1967
    Ten thousand people gather for one of many Central Park be-ins in New York City
  • 1997
    Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides.
  • 1998
    Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people are killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • 2005
    The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People’s Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the demonstration.

Who were born on March 26?

  • 1904
    Emilio Fernández, Mexican actor and filmmaker (d. 1986)
  • 1911
    Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1913
    Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (d. 2010)
  • 1949
    Patrick Süskind, German writer
  • 1962
    Paul de Leeuw, Dutch television host

Who died on March 26?

  • 1948
    Emile St. Godard, Canadian dog sled racer (b. 1905)
  • 1973
    Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1976
    Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • 1997
    Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • 2005
    Frederick Rotimi Williams Nigerian politician and jurist (b. 1920)

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