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, 414,024 hours 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

  • 1636
    Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
  • 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.
  • 1958
    The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 1976
    Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    The Schengen Treaty comes into effect.
  • 2001
    World Championship Wrestling is purchased by the World Wrestling Federation.
  • 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?

  • 1894
    Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • 1919
    Roger Leger, Quebec ice hockey player (d. 1965)
  • 1927
    Harold Chapman, British photographer
  • 1935
    Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian statesman
  • 1943
    Bob Woodward, American journalist
  • 1950
    Martin Short, Canadian comedian
  • 1957
    Leeza Gibbons, American television host
  • 1961
    Billy Warlock, American actor
  • 1968
    Kenny Chesney, American singer
  • 1984
    Annette Schwarz, German pornographic actress

Who died on March 26?

  • 922
    Al-Hallaj, Persian Sufi teacher and writer
  • 1920
    William Chester Minor, American surgeon and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (b. 1834)
  • 1958
    Phil Mead, English cricketer (b. 1887)
  • 1959
    Raymond Chandler, American-born novelist (b. 1888)
  • 1969
    John Kennedy Toole, American author (b. 1937)
  • 1973
    George Sisler, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1984
    Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2008
    Heath Benedict, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2011
    Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)

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