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What are the important events that happened on February 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 26 is the 57th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 308 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 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, 1,488,067,200 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 ‘pentacontaheptagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 358 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 1,528 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 26 Historical Events

  • 1917
    The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
  • 1919
    President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).
  • 1929
    President Calvin Coolidge signs an Executive Order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
  • 1966
    Apollo Program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
  • 1993
    World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1587
    Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)
  • 1909
    Fanny Cradock, English food writer and broadcaster (d. 1994)
  • 1937
    Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • 1943
    Dante Ferretti, Italian art director and costume designer
  • 1974
    Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver

Who died on February 26?

  • 1723
    Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • 1815
    Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • 1989
    Roy Eldridge, American musician (b. 1911)
  • 2004
    Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • 2011
    James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)

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