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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

  • 364
    Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
  • 1658
    Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655–1661), the King of Denmark-Norway is forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden to save the rest.
  • 1909
    Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • 1936
    In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.
  • 1952
    Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.

Who were born on February 26?

  • 1732
    Francis Marion, American Revolutionary War officer (d. 1795)
  • 1909
    Fanny Cradock, English food writer and broadcaster (d. 1994)
  • 1928
    Monique Leyrac, Canadian singer and actress
  • 1958
    Susan J. Helms, astronaut
  • 1985
    Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer

Who died on February 26?

  • 1943
    Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (b. 1892)
  • 1950
    Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish Music Hall Entertainer, Knighted for WWI War Work (b. 1870)
  • 1969
    Levi Eshkol, Israeli politician, Prime Minister (1963-death) (b. 1895)
  • 1985
    Tjalling Koopmans, Dutch economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)
  • 2002
    Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)

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