What happened on February 26? There are more than 271 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 26

February 26 In HistoryFebruary 26 is the 57th day of the year 2024. There are 309 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 9th week of the year 2024.

On this day in Glendale, Utah 84729 sunrise occured at 07:04 AM and sunset occured at 06:22 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Pisces. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 338 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 29, 2025).

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Historical Events For February 26

  • 747 BCE
    Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy’s Nabonassar Era.
  • 364
    Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
  • 1266
    Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
  • 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.
  • 1794
    The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
  • 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
  • 1876
    Japan and Korea sign a treaty granting Japanese citizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea’s status as a tributary state of Qing Dynasty China.
  • 1909
    Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • 1914
    Ship HMHS, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
  • 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).
  • 1920
    The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premièred in Berlin.
  • 1929
    President Calvin Coolidge signs an Executive Order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
  • 1935
    Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1935
    Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.
  • 1936
    In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.
  • 1946
    Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.
  • 1952
    Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
  • 1960
    A New York bound Alitalia airliner crashed into a cemetery at Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.
  • 1961
    Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
  • 1966
    Apollo Program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam.
  • 1971
    U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1972
    The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.
  • 1980
    Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.
  • 1992
    Nagorno-Karabakh War: Khojaly Massacre: Armenian armed forces open fire on Azeri civilians at a military post outside the town of Khojaly leaving hundreds dead.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    The United Kingdom’s oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.
  • 2004
    Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Who Were Born On February 26?

  • 1361
    Wenceslaus, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia (d. 1419)
  • 1564
    Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist (d. 1593)
  • 1587
    Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)
  • 1671
    Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philosopher (d. 1713)
  • 1672
    Antoine Augustine Calmet, French theologian (d. 1757)
  • 1714
    James Hervey, English clergyman and writer (d. 1758)
  • 1715
    Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher (d. 1771)
  • 1720
    Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1803)
  • 1732
    Francis Marion, American Revolutionary War officer (d. 1795)
  • 1740
    Giambattista Bodoni, Italian publisher and engraver (d. 1813)
  • 1746
    Archduchess Marie Amalie of Austria, duchess of Piacenza (d. 1806)
  • 1786
    François Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (d. 1853)
  • 1799
    Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (d. 1864)
  • 1802
    Victor Hugo, French writer (d. 1885)
  • 1808
    Honoré Daumier, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 1879)
  • 1808
    Nathan Kelley,American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d. 1871)
  • 1814
    Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (d. 1876)
  • 1829
    Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (d. 1902)
  • 1846
    William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, American frontiersman (d. 1917)
  • 1852
    John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon, advocate of dietary reform (d. 1943)
  • 1857
    Émile Coué, French psychologist (d. 1926)
  • 1858
    Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)
  • 1861
    King Ferdinand of Bulgaria (d. 1948)
  • 1861
    Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary, widow of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1939)
  • 1866
    Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (d. 1930)
  • 1879
    Frank Bridge, English composer (d. 1941)
  • 1882
    Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
  • 1885
    Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
  • 1887
    Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (d. 1950)
  • 1887
    Stefan Grabinski, Polish writer (d. 1936)
  • 1887
    William Frawley, American actor (d. 1966)
  • 1893
    I. A. Richards, English literary critic (d. 1979)
  • 1896
    Andrei Alexandrovich Zhdanov, Soviet politician and art ideologist (d. 1948)
  • 1899
    Max Petitpierre, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1994)
  • 1900
    Fritz Wiessner, American mountaineer of German descent (d. 1988)
  • 1901
    Dwight Wilson, Canadian Soldier (d. 2007)
  • 1902
    Jean Bruller, alias Vercors, French writer and illustrator (d. 1991)
  • 1903
    Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • 1903
    Orde Charles Wingate, British Major-General, prominent Zionist, eccentric (d. 1944)
  • 1906
    Madeleine Carroll, English actress (d. 1987)
  • 1907
    Dub Taylor, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1908
    Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • 1908
    Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (d. 2007)
  • 1908
    Tex Avery, American cartoonist (d. 1980)
  • 1909
    Fanny Cradock, English food writer and broadcaster (d. 1994)
  • 1909
    King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
  • 1911
    Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • 1912
    Dane Clark, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1913
    George Barker, English poet (d. 1991)
  • 1914
    Robert Alda, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1916
    Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer, and comedian (d. 1987)
  • 1918
    Otis Ray Bowen, American physician & politician, 44th Governor of Indiana, and 16th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • 1918
    Theodore Sturgeon, American writer (d. 1985)
  • 1919
    Mason Adams, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1919
    Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (d. 2003)
  • 1920
    Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (d. 2006)
  • 1920
    Tony Randall, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1921
    Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • 1922
    Karl Aage Præst, Danish football player
  • 1922
    Margaret Leighton, British actress (d. 1976)
  • 1924
    Noboru Takeshita, Japanese politician (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    Doris Belack, American actress (d. 2011)
  • 1926
    H.M., Henry Gustav Molaison, the amnesiac patient (d. 2008)
  • 1926
    Miroslava, Mexican actress (d. 1955)
  • 1926
    Verne Gagne, American wrestler
  • 1927
    Tom Kennedy, American game show host
  • 1928
    Anatoly Filipchenko, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1928
    Ariel Sharon, 11th Prime Minister of Israel (2001–2006)
  • 1928
    Fats Domino, American musician
  • 1928
    Monique Leyrac, Canadian singer and actress
  • 1930
    Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1931
    Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • 1931
    Robert Novak, American political columnist (d. 2009)
  • 1932
    Johnny Cash, American musician (d. 2003)
  • 1933
    James Goldsmith, Anglo-French businessman (d. 1997)
  • 1937
    Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • 1937
    Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (d. 2011)
  • 1938
    Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot guerilla (d. 1957)
  • 1939
    Josephine Tewson, English actress
  • 1941
    Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (d. 1972)
  • 1943
    Bill Duke, American actor and director
  • 1943
    Dante Ferretti, Italian art director and costume designer
  • 1944
    Ronald Lauder, American philanthropist and president of the World Jewish Congress
  • 1945
    Bob Hite, American singer and harmonicist (Canned Heat) (d. 1981)
  • 1945
    Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
  • 1945
    Marta Kristen, Norwegian actress
  • 1945
    Mitch Ryder, American musician (The Detroit Wheels)
  • 1945
    Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion (d. 2006)
  • 1946
    Ahmed H. Zewail, Egyptian chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1947
    Sandie Shaw, English singer
  • 1948
    Sharyn McCrumb, American writer
  • 1949
    Elizabeth George, American novelist
  • 1949
    Emma Kirkby, British singer
  • 1950
    Helen Clark, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (1999–2008)
  • 1950
    Jonathan Cain, American musician (Journey, Bad English, The Babys)
  • 1953
    Michael Bolton, American singer
  • 1954
    Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, heir to the deposed Kingdom of Hanover and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • 1954
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish politician, Prime Minister (2003–present)
  • 1955
    Andreas Maislinger, founder of Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service
  • 1956
    Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer
  • 1956
    Kevin Dunn, American actor
  • 1957
    David Muldrow Beasley, American politician and 113th Governor of South Carolina
  • 1957
    Joe Mullen, American ice hockey player
  • 1958
    Greg Germann, American actor
  • 1958
    Karen Berger, American comic book editor
  • 1958
    Michel Houellebecq, French novelist
  • 1958
    Susan J. Helms, astronaut
  • 1958
    Tim Kaine, American politician, 70th Governor of Virginia
  • 1959
    Rolando Blackman, American basketball player
  • 1960
    Jaz Coleman, British musician
  • 1960
    Robert Jaspert, German football manager
  • 1962
    Kelly Gruber, American baseball player
  • 1964
    Mark Dacascos, American actor and martial artist
  • 1966
    Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
  • 1967
    Currie Graham, Canadian actor
  • 1967
    James Allodi, Canadian actor, writer and director
  • 1968
    Ed Quinn, American actor
  • 1968
    J. T. Snow, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Tim Commerford, American bassist(Rage Against the Machine)
  • 1969
    Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer
  • 1971
    Erykah Badu, American singer
  • 1971
    Hélène Ségara, French singer
  • 1971
    Max Martin, Swedish composer and producer
  • 1972
    Jonny Quinn Northern Irish drummer (Snow Patrol)
  • 1973
    Erinn Bartlett, American actress
  • 1973
    Jenny Thompson, American swimmer
  • 1973
    Marshall Faulk, American football player
  • 1973
    Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian footballer
  • 1974
    Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
  • 1976
    Chad Urmston, American musician
  • 1976
    Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver
  • 1977
    Greg Rikaart, American actor
  • 1977
    Josh Towers, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Marty Reasoner, American ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Shane Williams, Welsh rugby player
  • 1977
    Tim Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer
  • 1978
    Marc Hynes, British racing driver
  • 1979
    Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer
  • 1979
    Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver
  • 1979
    Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979
    Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer and actor
  • 1980
    Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
  • 1980
    Gary Majewski, baseball pitcher
  • 1980
    Steve Blake, American basketball player
  • 1981
    Johnathan Wendel, American video gamer
  • 1981
    Kertus Davis, American racing driver
  • 1982
    Li Na (tennis), Chinese tennis player
  • 1982
    Song Hye Kyo, South Korean model and actress
  • 1983
    Jerome Harrison, American football player
  • 1983
    Kara Monaco, American glamor model
  • 1983
    Pepe, Brazilian born Portuguese football player
  • 1984
    Alex de Angelis, San Marino motorcycle racer
  • 1984
    Beren Saat, Turkish actress
  • 1984
    Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer
  • 1984
    Natalia Lafourcade, Mexican singer
  • 1985
    Alexandria Hilfiger, American actress
  • 1985
    Carolin Nytra, German athlete
  • 1985
    Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985
    Fernando Llorente, Spanish footballer
  • 1985
    Gee Atherton, British cyclist
  • 1985
    Miki Fujimoto, Japanese singer
  • 1986
    Crystal Kay, Japanese singer
  • 1986
    Hannah Kearney, American freestyle skier
  • 1986
    Juliet Simms, guitarist and singer (Automatic Loveletter)
  • 1986
    Leandro dos Santos de Jesus, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Teresa Palmer, Australian model and actress
  • 1988
    Matteo Ciofani, Italian footballer
  • 1990
    Kateřina Cachová, Czech heptathlete
  • 1991
    CL (singer), South Korean singer/rapper (2NE1)
  • 1992
    Mikael Granlund, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1993
    Taylor Dooley, American actress

Who Died On February 26?

  • 420
    Saint Porphyry, Palestine bishop
  • 1154
    King Roger II of Sicily (b. 1093)
  • 1200
    Symeon, former Serbian ruler and saint (b. 1109)
  • 1266
    King Manfred of Sicily (b. 1232)
  • 1360
    Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March, English military leader (b. 1328)
  • 1552
    Heinrich Faber, German composer
  • 1561
    Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • 1577
    King Eric XIV of Sweden (b. 1533)
  • 1608
    John Still, English bishop
  • 1611
    Antonio Possevino (b. 1533) Jesuit humanist, diplomat, bibliographer
  • 1630
    William Brade, English composer (b. 1560)
  • 1638
    Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac, French mathematician (b. 1681)
  • 1723
    Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • 1726
    Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1662)
  • 1770
    Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer (b. 1692)
  • 1790
    Sir Joshua Rowley, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1730)
  • 1802
    Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)
  • 1813
    Robert Livingston, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1746)
  • 1815
    Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • 1821
    Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard diplomat and writer (b. 1753)
  • 1864
    Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, Canadian politician (b. 1807)
  • 1883
    Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)
  • 1889
    Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
  • 1903
    Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor (b. 1818)
  • 1913
    Felix Draeseke, German composer (b. 1835)
  • 1921
    Carl Menger, Austrian economist (b. 1840)
  • 1930
    Mary Calkins, American philosopher and psychologist (b. 1863)
  • 1931
    Otto Wallach, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1847)
  • 1933
    Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
  • 1943
    Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (b. 1892)
  • 1947
    Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council (b. 1868)
  • 1950
    Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish Music Hall Entertainer, Knighted for WWI War Work (b. 1870)
  • 1952
    Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general who briefly ruled the country (b. 1878)
  • 1959
    Selig Suskin, Russian-born Israeli agronomist and early Zionist (b. 1873)
  • 1961
    King Mohammed V of Morocco (b. 1909)
  • 1966
    Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer (b. 1883)
  • 1969
    Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist (b. 1883)
  • 1969
    Levi Eshkol, Israeli politician, Prime Minister (1963-death) (b. 1895)
  • 1971
    Fernandel, French actor (b. 1903)
  • 1981
    Howard Hanson, American composer (b. 1896)
  • 1981
    Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (b. 1914)
  • 1985
    Tjalling Koopmans, Dutch economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)
  • 1989
    Roy Eldridge, American musician (b. 1911)
  • 1990
    Cornell Gunter, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1938)
  • 1993
    Constance Ford, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1994
    Bill Hicks, American comedian (b. 1961)
  • 1995
    Jack Clayton, British film director (b. 1921)
  • 1997
    David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 1998
    James Algar, American film director, screenwriter and producer (b. 1912)
  • 1998
    Shirley Ardell Mason, American psychiatric patient (AKA Sybil Isabell Dorsett in Sybil (book) (b. 1923)
  • 1998
    Theodore Schultz, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 2000
    George L. Street III American Navy submariner and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • 2002
    Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2003
    Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • 2004
    Boris Trajkovski, Macedonian politician, President (1999-death) (b. 1956)
  • 2004
    Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2008
    Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies) (b. 1947)
  • 2008
    Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist (b. 1942)
  • 2008
    Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • 2009
    Johnny Kerr, American basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)
  • 2009
    Norm Van Lier, American basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • 2009
    Wendy Richard, English actress (b. 1943)
  • 2010
    Nujabes, Japanese hip hop producer (b. 1974)
  • 2011
    Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • 2011
    James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)

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