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.
  • 1636
    Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
  • 1839
    The first Henley Royal Regatta is held.
  • 1958
    The African Regroupment Party is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • 1982
    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1923
    Bob Elliott, American comedian
  • 1930
    Sandra Day O'Connor, American jurist
  • 1936
    Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (d. 2009)
  • 1950
    Teddy Pendergrass, American singer (d. 2010)
  • 1957
    Paul Morley, English music journalist and musician
  • 1980
    Son Ho Young, Korean singer
  • 1985
    Keira Knightley, English actress
  • 1987
    YUI, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1988
    Suvi Koponen, Finnish model
  • 1989
    Josiah Leming, American singer-songwriter

Who died on March 26?

  • 1679
    Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (b. 1621)
  • 1726
    Sir John Vanbrugh, English dramatist (b. 1664)
  • 1780
    Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (b. 1713)
  • 1881
    Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat (b. 1800)
  • 1923
    Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (b. 1844)
  • 1926
    Konstantin Fehrenbach, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1852)
  • 1929
    Katharine Lee Bates, American poet (b. 1859)
  • 1957
    Édouard Herriot, French politician (b. 1872)
  • 2005
    Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • 2008
    Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)

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