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

  • 1484
    William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables.
  • 1552
    Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru.
  • 1636
    Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
  • 1958
    The African Regroupment Party is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • 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.
  • 1975
    The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force.
  • 1982
    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1998
    Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people are killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • 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?

  • 1916
    Harry Rabinowitz, South African composer and conductor
  • 1925
    Pierre Boulez, French composer and conductor
  • 1942
    Erica Jong, American author
  • 1948
    Steven Tyler, American singer (Aerosmith)
  • 1951
    Carl Wieman, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1952
    Didier Pironi, French Formula 1 driver (d. 1987)
  • 1973
    T. R. Knight, American actor
  • 1981
    Josh Wilson, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Gregory Strydom, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1985
    Jonathan Groff, American stage and television actor

Who died on March 26?

  • 304
    Saint Emmanuel, Christian martyr killed under Diocletian
  • 1772
    Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (b. 1704)
  • 1888
    Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • 1926
    Konstantin Fehrenbach, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1852)
  • 1958
    Phil Mead, English cricketer (b. 1887)
  • 1973
    Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1997
    Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • 2004
    Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • 2008
    Heath Benedict, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2011
    Diana Wynne Jones, British fantasy writer (b. 1934)

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