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

  • 1026
    Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1812
    An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1881
    Thessaly is freed and becomes part of Greece again.
  • 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.
  • 1975
    The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides.

Who were born on March 26?

  • 1898
    Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (d. 1979)
  • 1911
    Tennessee Williams, American dramatist (d. 1983)
  • 1914
    William Westmoreland, American military commander (d. 2005)
  • 1926
    Ventsislav Yankov, Bulgarian pianist
  • 1929
    Edwin Turney, American businessman (d. 2008)
  • 1960
    Jennifer Grey, American actress
  • 1961
    Billy Warlock, American actor
  • 1963
    Roch Voisine, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1979
    Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist
  • 1984
    David McGowan, English footballer

Who died on March 26?

  • 1649
    John Winthrop, second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1793
    John Mudge, English physician (b. 1721)
  • 1910
    An Jung-geun, Korean general who fought for independence of Korea(executed) (b. 1879)
  • 1951
    James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (b. 1864)
  • 1990
    Halston, American fashion designer (b. 1932)
  • 1997
    Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • 2000
    Alex Comfort, American author (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2008
    Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • 2011
    Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)

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