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, 24,315,840 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 ‘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

  • 1484
    William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables.
  • 1812
    An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1934
    The driving test is introduced in the United Kingdom.
  • 1942
    World War II: In Poland, the first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay sign the Treaty of Asunción, establishing Mercosur, the South Common Market.
  • 1997
    Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides.
  • 1999
    The “Melissa worm” infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
  • 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?

  • 1874
    Robert Frost, American poet (d. 1963)
  • 1875
    Max Abraham, German physicist (d. 1922)
  • 1875
    Syngman Rhee, South Korean politician (d. 1965)
  • 1888
    Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse (d. 1948)
  • 1896
    Rudolf Dassler, German sportswear executive (d. 1974)
  • 1937
    Wayne Embry, American basketball player
  • 1941
    Yvon Marcoux, Quebec politician
  • 1943
    Bob Woodward, American journalist
  • 1966
    Michael Imperioli, American actor
  • 1970
    Paul Bosvelt, Dutch football player

Who died on March 26?

  • 1535
    Georg Tannstetter, Austrian scientist (b. 1482)
  • 1892
    Walt Whitman, American poet (b. 1819)
  • 1905
    Maurice Barrymore, actor; patriarch of the Barrymore family (b. 1849)
  • 1910
    Auguste Charlois, French astronomer (b. 1864)
  • 1920
    William Chester Minor, American surgeon and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (b. 1834)
  • 1957
    Édouard Herriot, French politician (b. 1872)
  • 1973
    Don Messer, Canadian fiddler (b. 1909)
  • 1996
    David Packard, American engineer and businessman (b. 1912)
  • 1996
    Edmund Muskie, American politician (b. 1914)
  • 2011
    Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)

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