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, 1,490,486,400 seconds 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

  • 1830
    The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
  • 1839
    The first Henley Royal Regatta is held.
  • 1913
    Balkan War: Bulgarian forces invade Adrianople.
  • 1917
    World War I: First Battle of Gaza – British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
  • 1942
    World War II: In Poland, the first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz.
  • 1958
    The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 1976
    Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
  • 1991
    Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay sign the Treaty of Asunción, establishing Mercosur, the South Common Market.
  • 1995
    The Schengen Treaty comes into effect.
  • 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?

  • 1882
    Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist (d. 1940)
  • 1884
    Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (d. 1969)
  • 1886
    Hugh Mulzac, America military officer (d. 1971)
  • 1888
    Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse (d. 1948)
  • 1893
    Palmiro Togliatti, Italian communist leader (d. 1964)
  • 1962
    John Stockton, American basketball player
  • 1966
    Nick Wirth, British engineer
  • 1968
    Laurent Brochard, French cyclist
  • 1976
    Ufuk Talay, Australian footballer
  • 1987
    Jermichael Finley, American football player

Who died on March 26?

  • 1535
    Georg Tannstetter, Austrian scientist (b. 1482)
  • 1566
    Antonio de Cabezón, Spanish composer (b. 1510)
  • 1726
    Sir John Vanbrugh, English dramatist (b. 1664)
  • 1793
    John Mudge, English physician (b. 1721)
  • 1797
    James Hutton, Scottish geologist (b. 1726)
  • 1929
    Katharine Lee Bates, American poet (b. 1859)
  • 1951
    James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (b. 1864)
  • 1973
    George Sisler, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1978
    Wilfred Pickles, English actor and broadcaster (b. 1904)
  • 2011
    Geraldine Ferraro, Congresswoman and VP nominee (b. 1935)

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