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

  • 1026
    Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1636
    Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
  • 1812
    An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1913
    Balkan War: Bulgarian forces invade Adrianople.
  • 1917
    World War I: First Battle of Gaza – British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
  • 1976
    Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
  • 1979
    Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    World Championship Wrestling is purchased by the World Wrestling Federation.

Who were born on March 26?

  • 1753
    Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (d. 1814)
  • 1911
    Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1916
    Christian B. Anfinsen, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1995)
  • 1937
    Wayne Embry, American basketball player
  • 1953
    Lincoln Chafee, American politician
  • 1959
    Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent
  • 1972
    Leslie Mann, American actress
  • 1976
    Joachim Alcine, Haitian-born Quebec boxer
  • 1981
    Baruch Dego, Israeli football player
  • 1981
    Jay Sean, British R&B singer

Who died on March 26?

  • 1535
    Georg Tannstetter, Austrian scientist (b. 1482)
  • 1945
    David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1863)
  • 1958
    Phil Mead, English cricketer (b. 1887)
  • 1987
    Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • 1990
    Halston, American fashion designer (b. 1932)
  • 1996
    Edmund Muskie, American politician (b. 1914)
  • 1997
    Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • 2003
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • 2008
    Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)

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