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

  • 1812
    An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1830
    The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
  • 1913
    Balkan War: Bulgarian forces invade Adrianople.
  • 1934
    The driving test is introduced in the United Kingdom.
  • 1958
    The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 1975
    The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force.
  • 1976
    Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
  • 1982
    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1999
    A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • 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?

  • 1698
    Václav Prokop Diviš, Czech theologian and natural scientist (d. 1765)
  • 1794
    Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter (d. 1872)
  • 1936
    Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (d. 2009)
  • 1940
    Nancy Pelosi, American politician
  • 1942
    Erica Jong, American author
  • 1950
    Martin Short, Canadian comedian
  • 1964
    Hai Zi, Chinese poet (d. 1989)
  • 1966
    Michael Imperioli, American actor
  • 1976
    Ufuk Talay, Australian footballer
  • 1980
    Richie Wellens, English footballer

Who died on March 26?

  • 1726
    Sir John Vanbrugh, English dramatist (b. 1664)
  • 1888
    Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • 1892
    Walt Whitman, American poet (b. 1819)
  • 1923
    Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (b. 1844)
  • 1957
    Édouard Herriot, French politician (b. 1872)
  • 1984
    Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • 1996
    David Packard, American engineer and businessman (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • 2005
    Marius Russo, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)

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