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.
  • 1942
    World War II: In Poland, the first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz.
  • 1958
    The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 1971
    East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Liberation War begins.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1991
    Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay sign the Treaty of Asunción, establishing Mercosur, the South Common Market.
  • 1995
    The Schengen Treaty comes into effect.
  • 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?

  • 1888
    Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse (d. 1948)
  • 1925
    James Moody, American jazz musician (d. 2010)
  • 1952
    T. A. Barron, American writer
  • 1959
    Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent
  • 1966
    Michael Imperioli, American actor
  • 1970
    Martin McDonagh, Anglo-Irish playwright and film director
  • 1980
    Richie Wellens, English footballer
  • 1981
    Jay Sean, British R&B singer
  • 1985
    Jonathan Groff, American stage and television actor
  • 1990
    Yuya Takaki, Japanese actor and singer

Who died on March 26?

  • 1130
    King Sigurd I of Norway (b. c. 1090)
  • 1546
    Thomas Elyot, English diplomat
  • 1920
    William Chester Minor, American surgeon and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (b. 1834)
  • 1933
    Eddie Lang, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1958
    Phil Mead, English cricketer (b. 1887)
  • 1969
    John Kennedy Toole, American author (b. 1937)
  • 1973
    Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1976
    Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • 2005
    Frederick Rotimi Williams Nigerian politician and jurist (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)

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