Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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

  • 1794
    The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
  • 1935
    Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1935
    Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam.
  • 1992
    Nagorno-Karabakh War: Khojaly Massacre: Armenian armed forces open fire on Azeri civilians at a military post outside the town of Khojaly leaving hundreds dead.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1903
    Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • 1957
    Joe Mullen, American ice hockey player
  • 1960
    Jaz Coleman, British musician
  • 1979
    Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver
  • 1985
    Miki Fujimoto, Japanese singer

Who died on February 26?

  • 1577
    King Eric XIV of Sweden (b. 1533)
  • 1611
    Antonio Possevino (b. 1533) Jesuit humanist, diplomat, bibliographer
  • 1903
    Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor (b. 1818)
  • 1921
    Carl Menger, Austrian economist (b. 1840)
  • 1947
    Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council (b. 1868)

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