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, 1,458,950,400 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 ‘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

  • 1484
    William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables.
  • 1552
    Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru.
  • 1636
    Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
  • 1839
    The first Henley Royal Regatta is held.
  • 1942
    World War II: In Poland, the first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz.
  • 1958
    The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people are killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • 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?

  • 1749
    William Blount, American statesman (d. 1800)
  • 1866
    Fred Karno, British music hall impresario (d. 1941)
  • 1906
    Rafael Mendez, Mexican trumpeter (d. 1981)
  • 1917
    Rufus Thomas, American musician (d. 2001)
  • 1933
    Acharya Kuber Nath Rai, Indian Writer
  • 1946
    Alain Madelin, French politician
  • 1964
    Ulf Samuelsson, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Nurgül Yeşilçay, Turkish actress
  • 1985
    Jonathan Groff, American stage and television actor
  • 1990
    Yuya Takaki, Japanese actor and singer

Who died on March 26?

  • 304
    Saint Emmanuel, Christian martyr killed under Diocletian
  • 1679
    Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (b. 1621)
  • 1776
    Samuel Ward, American politician (b. 1725)
  • 1793
    John Mudge, English physician (b. 1721)
  • 1827
    Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (b. 1770)
  • 1885
    Anson Stager, American telegraphist (b. 1825)
  • 1905
    Maurice Barrymore, actor; patriarch of the Barrymore family (b. 1849)
  • 1976
    Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • 2002
    Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2005
    Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)

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