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

  • 1484
    William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables.
  • 1917
    World War I: First Battle of Gaza – British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
  • 1958
    The African Regroupment Party is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1997
    Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides.
  • 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?

  • 1882
    Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist (d. 1940)
  • 1911
    Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1913
    Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (d. 2010)
  • 1934
    Alan Arkin, American actor
  • 1949
    Vicki Lawrence, American actress and singer
  • 1973
    Lawrence E. Page, American search engine designer
  • 1973
    Matt Burke, Australian rugby player
  • 1978
    Anastasia Kostaki, Greek basketball player
  • 1982
    Mikel Arteta, Spanish footballer
  • 1984
    David McGowan, English footballer

Who died on March 26?

  • 922
    Al-Hallaj, Persian Sufi teacher and writer
  • 1566
    Antonio de Cabezón, Spanish composer (b. 1510)
  • 1926
    Konstantin Fehrenbach, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1852)
  • 1940
    Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • 1984
    Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • 1989
    Hai Zi, Chinese poet (b. 1964)
  • 1992
    Barbara Frum, Canadian journalist (b. 1937)
  • 2005
    Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2006
    Nikki Sudden, British singer/songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 2008
    Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)

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