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 86th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 280 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 13, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 405,264 hours 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 ‘octacontahexagon’ 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 308 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 1,191 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 26 Historical Events

  • 1026
    Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1484
    William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables.
  • 1552
    Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru.
  • 1808
    Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII.
  • 1958
    The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 1967
    Ten thousand people gather for one of many Central Park be-ins in New York City
  • 1974
    Gaura Devi leads a group of 27 women of Laata village, Henwalghati, Garhwal Himalayas, to form circles around trees to stop them being felled and giving rise to the Chipko Movement in India.
  • 1976
    Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
  • 1995
    The Schengen Treaty comes into effect.
  • 1999
    A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.

Who were born on March 26?

  • 1749
    William Blount, American statesman (d. 1800)
  • 1875
    Max Abraham, German physicist (d. 1922)
  • 1916
    Harry Rabinowitz, South African composer and conductor
  • 1930
    Gregory Corso, American poet (d. 2001)
  • 1950
    Martin Short, Canadian comedian
  • 1950
    Teddy Pendergrass, American singer (d. 2010)
  • 1988
    Suvi Koponen, Finnish model
  • 1989
    Matteo Guidicelli, Filipino actor and racer
  • 1992
    Haley Ramm, American actress
  • 2005
    Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg

Who died on March 26?

  • 1776
    Samuel Ward, American politician (b. 1725)
  • 1888
    Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • 1902
    Cecil Rhodes, English explorer (b. 1853)
  • 1905
    Maurice Barrymore, actor; patriarch of the Barrymore family (b. 1849)
  • 1945
    David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1863)
  • 1969
    John Kennedy Toole, American author (b. 1937)
  • 1973
    Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1992
    Barbara Frum, Canadian journalist (b. 1937)
  • 2004
    Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • 2008
    Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)

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