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

  • 1552
    Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru.
  • 1812
    An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1830
    The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
  • 1917
    World War I: First Battle of Gaza – British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
  • 1934
    The driving test is introduced in the United Kingdom.
  • 1975
    The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1876
    Prince William of Wied (d. 1945)
  • 1916
    Harry Rabinowitz, South African composer and conductor
  • 1916
    Sterling Hayden, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1917
    Rufus Thomas, American musician (d. 2001)
  • 1927
    Harold Chapman, British photographer
  • 1943
    Bob Woodward, American journalist
  • 1954
    Curtis Sliwa, American anti-crime activist
  • 1956
    Charly McClain, American singer
  • 1964
    Ulf Samuelsson, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1970
    Thomas Kyparissis, Greek footballer

Who died on March 26?

  • 1649
    John Winthrop, second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1858
    John Addison Thomas, American soldier (b. 1811)
  • 1923
    Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (b. 1844)
  • 1926
    Konstantin Fehrenbach, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1852)
  • 1976
    Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • 1987
    Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • 1989
    Hai Zi, Chinese poet (b. 1964)
  • 2004
    Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • 2006
    Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • 2009
    Shane McConkey, Canadian skier and BASE jumper (b. 1969)

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