What happened this day in history March 26

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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 280 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 13, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 440,328 hours 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 323 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 2,652 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 26 Historical Events

  • 1636
    Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
  • 1812
    An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1913
    Balkan War: Bulgarian forces invade Adrianople.
  • 1934
    The driving test is introduced in the United Kingdom.
  • 1958
    The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 1975
    The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    World Championship Wrestling is purchased by the World Wrestling Federation.

Who were born on March 26?

  • 1868
    King Fuad I of Egypt (d. 1936)
  • 1919
    Strother Martin, American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1950
    Martin Short, Canadian comedian
  • 1951
    Carl Wieman, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1968
    James Iha, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle)
  • 1981
    Jay Sean, British R&B singer
  • 1984
    Alberto Schettino, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Stéphanie Lapointe, French-Canadian singer
  • 1985
    Keira Knightley, English actress
  • 2007
    Prince Moritz of Hesse, son of Donatus, Hereditary Prince of Hesse

Who died on March 26?

  • 1212
    King Sancho I of Portugal (b. 1154)
  • 1546
    Thomas Elyot, English diplomat
  • 1566
    Antonio de Cabezón, Spanish composer (b. 1510)
  • 1780
    Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (b. 1713)
  • 1892
    Walt Whitman, American poet (b. 1819)
  • 1926
    Konstantin Fehrenbach, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1852)
  • 1945
    David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1863)
  • 1996
    Edmund Muskie, American politician (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1976-1979 (b. 1912)
  • 2008
    Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)

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