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, 24,841,440 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 ‘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

  • 1026
    Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1636
    Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
  • 1917
    World War I: First Battle of Gaza – British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
  • 1958
    The African Regroupment Party is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • 1971
    East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Liberation War begins.
  • 1975
    The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force.
  • 1976
    Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
  • 1995
    The Schengen Treaty comes into effect.
  • 1998
    Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people are killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • 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?

  • 1908
    Franz Stangl, German concentration camp commandant (d. 1971)
  • 1916
    Christian B. Anfinsen, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1995)
  • 1938
    Anthony James Leggett, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1954
    Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese voice actor
  • 1977
    Kevin Davies, English footballer
  • 1980
    Richie Wellens, English footballer
  • 1983
    Roman Bednar, Czech footballer
  • 1984
    Sara Jean Underwood, American model
  • 1987
    Steven Fletcher, Scottish footballer
  • 1990
    Yuya Takaki, Japanese actor and singer

Who died on March 26?

  • 1212
    King Sancho I of Portugal (b. 1154)
  • 1535
    Georg Tannstetter, Austrian scientist (b. 1482)
  • 1726
    Sir John Vanbrugh, English dramatist (b. 1664)
  • 1892
    Walt Whitman, American poet (b. 1819)
  • 1902
    Cecil Rhodes, English explorer (b. 1853)
  • 1958
    Phil Mead, English cricketer (b. 1887)
  • 1973
    Noel Coward, English composer and playwright (b. 1899)
  • 1987
    Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • 1990
    Halston, American fashion designer (b. 1932)
  • 2004
    Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)

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