What happened on March 26? There are more than 294 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 March 26

March 26 In HistoryMarch 26 is the 86th day of the year 2020. There are 280 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 13th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Johnsonville, Illinois 62850 sunrise occured at 06:46 AM and sunset occured at 07:12 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Aquamarine while the mystical birthstone is Jade.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 323 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For March 26

  • 1026
    Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1484
    William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables.
  • 1552
    Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru.
  • 1636
    Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
  • 1808
    Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII.
  • 1812
    An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
  • 1830
    The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
  • 1839
    The first Henley Royal Regatta is held.
  • 1881
    Thessaly is freed and becomes part of Greece again.
  • 1913
    Balkan War: Bulgarian forces invade Adrianople.
  • 1917
    World War I: First Battle of Gaza – British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
  • 1934
    The driving test is introduced in the United Kingdom.
  • 1942
    World War II: In Poland, the first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz.
  • 1958
    The African Regroupment Party is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • 1958
    The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 1967
    Ten thousand people gather for one of many Central Park be-ins in New York City
  • 1971
    East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Liberation War begins.
  • 1974
    Gaura Devi leads a group of 27 women of Laata village, Henwalghati, Garhwal Himalayas, to form circles around trees to stop them being felled and giving rise to the Chipko Movement in India.
  • 1975
    The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force.
  • 1976
    Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
  • 1979
    Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people are killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • 1999
    A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  • 1999
    The “Melissa worm” infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
  • 2001
    World Championship Wrestling is purchased by the World Wrestling Federation.
  • 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?

  • 603
    Pacal II, Mayan ruler (d. 683)
  • 1516
    Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist (d. 1565)
  • 1554
    Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Mayenne, French military leader (d. 1611)
  • 1698
    Václav Prokop Diviš, Czech theologian and natural scientist (d. 1765)
  • 1749
    William Blount, American statesman (d. 1800)
  • 1753
    Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (d. 1814)
  • 1773
    Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician and navigator (d. 1838)
  • 1794
    Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter (d. 1872)
  • 1859
    Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (d. 1919)
  • 1859
    Alfred Edward Housman, English poet (d. 1936)
  • 1866
    Fred Karno, British music hall impresario (d. 1941)
  • 1868
    King Fuad I of Egypt (d. 1936)
  • 1871
    Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana'ole of the Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1922)
  • 1874
    Robert Frost, American poet (d. 1963)
  • 1875
    Max Abraham, German physicist (d. 1922)
  • 1875
    Syngman Rhee, South Korean politician (d. 1965)
  • 1876
    Prince William of Wied (d. 1945)
  • 1879
    Othmar Ammann, Swiss bridge engineer (d. 1965)
  • 1881
    Guccio Gucci, founder of The House of Gucci. (d. 1953)
  • 1882
    Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist (d. 1940)
  • 1884
    Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (d. 1969)
  • 1886
    Hugh Mulzac, America military officer (d. 1971)
  • 1888
    Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse (d. 1948)
  • 1893
    Palmiro Togliatti, Italian communist leader (d. 1964)
  • 1894
    Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • 1896
    Rudolf Dassler, German sportswear executive (d. 1974)
  • 1898
    Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (d. 1979)
  • 1904
    Emilio Fernández, Mexican actor and filmmaker (d. 1986)
  • 1904
    Joseph Campbell, American author (d. 1987)
  • 1904
    Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist and politician (d. 2004)
  • 1905
    Monty Berman, British film and television producer (d. 2006)
  • 1905
    Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (d. 1997)
  • 1906
    Rafael Mendez, Mexican trumpeter (d. 1981)
  • 1908
    Franz Stangl, German concentration camp commandant (d. 1971)
  • 1908
    Henry (Hank) Sylvern, American radio personality (d. 1964)
  • 1911
    Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1911
    T. Hee, American animator (d. 1988)
  • 1911
    Tennessee Williams, American dramatist (d. 1983)
  • 1913
    Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (d. 2010)
  • 1913
    Paul Erdős, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1996)
  • 1914
    Toru Kumon, Japanese educator (d. 1995)
  • 1914
    William Westmoreland, American military commander (d. 2005)
  • 1915
    Hwang Sunwon, Korean writer (d. 2000)
  • 1916
    Bill Edrich, English cricketer (d. 1986)
  • 1916
    Christian B. Anfinsen, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1995)
  • 1916
    Harry Rabinowitz, South African composer and conductor
  • 1916
    Sterling Hayden, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1917
    Rufus Thomas, American musician (d. 2001)
  • 1919
    Roger Leger, Quebec ice hockey player (d. 1965)
  • 1919
    Strother Martin, American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1922
    Oscar Sala, Italian-born physicist (d. 2010)
  • 1923
    Bob Elliott, American comedian
  • 1923
    Gert Bastian, German politician (d. 1992)
  • 1925
    Ben Mondor, Canadian-born American baseball executive (d. 2010)
  • 1925
    James Moody, American jazz musician (d. 2010)
  • 1925
    Pierre Boulez, French composer and conductor
  • 1926
    Ventsislav Yankov, Bulgarian pianist
  • 1927
    Harold Chapman, British photographer
  • 1929
    Edwin Turney, American businessman (d. 2008)
  • 1929
    Tom Foley, American politician
  • 1930
    Gregory Corso, American poet (d. 2001)
  • 1930
    Sandra Day O'Connor, American jurist
  • 1931
    Leonard Nimoy, American actor and director
  • 1933
    Acharya Kuber Nath Rai, Indian Writer
  • 1933
    Vine Deloria Jr., American scholar (d. 2005)
  • 1934
    Alan Arkin, American actor
  • 1935
    Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian statesman
  • 1936
    Giora Feidman, Argentinian-Jewish klezmer clarinetist
  • 1936
    Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (d. 2009)
  • 1937
    Wayne Embry, American basketball player
  • 1938
    Anthony James Leggett, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940
    James Caan, American actor
  • 1940
    Nancy Pelosi, American politician
  • 1941
    Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist
  • 1941
    Yvon Marcoux, Quebec politician
  • 1942
    Erica Jong, American author
  • 1943
    Bob Woodward, American journalist
  • 1944
    Diana Ross, American singer (Supremes)
  • 1945
    Mikhail Voronin, Soviet gymnast (d. 2004)
  • 1946
    Alain Madelin, French politician
  • 1946
    Johnny Crawford, American actor
  • 1947
    Dar Robinson, American stuntman (d. 1986)
  • 1948
    Richard Tandy, British keyboardist (Electric Light Orchestra)
  • 1948
    Steven Tyler, American singer (Aerosmith)
  • 1949
    Patrick Süskind, German writer
  • 1949
    Vicki Lawrence, American actress and singer
  • 1950
    Alan Silvestri, American film composer
  • 1950
    Ernest Thomas, American actor
  • 1950
    Martin Short, Canadian comedian
  • 1950
    Teddy Pendergrass, American singer (d. 2010)
  • 1951
    Carl Wieman, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1952
    Didier Pironi, French Formula 1 driver (d. 1987)
  • 1952
    T. A. Barron, American writer
  • 1953
    Elaine Chao, American member of the George W. Bush Administration
  • 1953
    Lincoln Chafee, American politician
  • 1953
    Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian nationalist (d. 2002)
  • 1954
    Curtis Sliwa, American anti-crime activist
  • 1954
    Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese voice actor
  • 1955
    Danny Arndt, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956
    Charly McClain, American singer
  • 1957
    Leeza Gibbons, American television host
  • 1957
    Paul Morley, English music journalist and musician
  • 1958
    Chris Codiroli, American baseball player
  • 1958
    Elio de Angelis, Italian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • 1959
    Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent
  • 1960
    Axel Prahl, German actor
  • 1960
    Jennifer Grey, American actress
  • 1960
    Marcus Allen, American football player
  • 1961
    Billy Warlock, American actor
  • 1961
    Leigh Bowery, Australian-born English fashion performance artist (d. 1994)
  • 1961
    William Hague, British politician
  • 1962
    Eric Allan Kramer, American actor
  • 1962
    John Stockton, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Paul de Leeuw, Dutch television host
  • 1963
    Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Japanese writer
  • 1963
    Roch Voisine, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1964
    Baz Warne, English guitarist (The Stranglers)
  • 1964
    Hai Zi, Chinese poet (d. 1989)
  • 1964
    Martin Donnelly, Irish race car driver
  • 1964
    Ulf Samuelsson, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1965
    Trey Azagthoth, American guitarist
  • 1966
    Michael Imperioli, American actor
  • 1966
    Nick Wirth, British engineer
  • 1967
    Mark Carroll, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1968
    James Iha, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle)
  • 1968
    Kenny Chesney, American singer
  • 1968
    Laurent Brochard, French cyclist
  • 1970
    Martin McDonagh, Anglo-Irish playwright and film director
  • 1970
    Paul Bosvelt, Dutch football player
  • 1970
    Thomas Kyparissis, Greek footballer
  • 1971
    Behzad Ghorbani, Iranian zoologist and sociobiologist
  • 1972
    Jason Maxwell, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Jon Reep, American comedian and actor
  • 1972
    Leslie Mann, American actress
  • 1973
    Heather Goldenhersh, American actress
  • 1973
    Lawrence E. Page, American search engine designer
  • 1973
    Matt Burke, Australian rugby player
  • 1973
    T. R. Knight, American actor
  • 1974
    Mike Peca, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975
    Juvenile, American rapper
  • 1976
    Amy Smart, American actress
  • 1976
    Joachim Alcine, Haitian-born Quebec boxer
  • 1976
    Natalia Livingston, American actress
  • 1976
    Nurgül Yeşilçay, Turkish actress
  • 1976
    Ufuk Talay, Australian footballer
  • 1977
    Kevin Davies, English footballer
  • 1977
    Sylvain Grenier, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1978
    Anastasia Kostaki, Greek basketball player
  • 1979
    Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist
  • 1979
    Nacho Novo, Spanish footballer
  • 1979
    Pierre Womé, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1980
    Richie Wellens, English footballer
  • 1980
    Son Ho Young, Korean singer
  • 1981
    Baruch Dego, Israeli football player
  • 1981
    Jay Sean, British R&B singer
  • 1981
    Josh Wilson, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Mikel Arteta, Spanish footballer
  • 1982
    Nate Kaeding, American football player
  • 1983
    Michael Brendli, American professional wrestler
  • 1983
    Roman Bednar, Czech footballer
  • 1984
    Alberto Schettino, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Annette Schwarz, German pornographic actress
  • 1984
    David McGowan, English footballer
  • 1984
    Gregory Strydom, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1984
    Jimmy Howard, American ice hockey player
  • 1984
    Sara Jean Underwood, American model
  • 1984
    Stéphanie Lapointe, French-Canadian singer
  • 1985
    Jonathan Groff, American stage and television actor
  • 1985
    Keira Knightley, English actress
  • 1985
    Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricket captain
  • 1986
    Jonny Craig, Canadian singer and songwriter (Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance)
  • 1986
    Misty Stone, American pornographic actress and model
  • 1987
    Jermichael Finley, American football player
  • 1987
    Steven Fletcher, Scottish footballer
  • 1987
    YUI, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1988
    Suvi Koponen, Finnish model
  • 1989
    Josiah Leming, American singer-songwriter
  • 1989
    Matteo Guidicelli, Filipino actor and racer
  • 1989
    Simon Kjær, Danish footballer
  • 1990
    Yūya Yagira, Japanese actor
  • 1990
    Yuya Takaki, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1992
    Haley Ramm, American actress
  • 2005
    Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg
  • 2007
    Prince Moritz of Hesse, son of Donatus, Hereditary Prince of Hesse

Who Died On March 26?

  • 304
    Saint Emmanuel, Christian martyr killed under Diocletian
  • 922
    Al-Hallaj, Persian Sufi teacher and writer
  • 1130
    King Sigurd I of Norway (b. c. 1090)
  • 1212
    King Sancho I of Portugal (b. 1154)
  • 1517
    Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer
  • 1535
    Georg Tannstetter, Austrian scientist (b. 1482)
  • 1546
    Thomas Elyot, English diplomat
  • 1566
    Antonio de Cabezón, Spanish composer (b. 1510)
  • 1649
    John Winthrop, second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1679
    Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (b. 1621)
  • 1697
    Godfrey McCulloch, Scottish politician and murderer (b. 1640)
  • 1726
    Sir John Vanbrugh, English dramatist (b. 1664)
  • 1772
    Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (b. 1704)
  • 1776
    Samuel Ward, American politician (b. 1725)
  • 1780
    Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (b. 1713)
  • 1793
    John Mudge, English physician (b. 1721)
  • 1797
    James Hutton, Scottish geologist (b. 1726)
  • 1814
    Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, namesake of the guillotine (b. 1738)
  • 1827
    Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (b. 1770)
  • 1858
    John Addison Thomas, American soldier (b. 1811)
  • 1881
    Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat (b. 1800)
  • 1885
    Anson Stager, American telegraphist (b. 1825)
  • 1888
    Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • 1892
    Walt Whitman, American poet (b. 1819)
  • 1902
    Cecil Rhodes, English explorer (b. 1853)
  • 1905
    Maurice Barrymore, actor; patriarch of the Barrymore family (b. 1849)
  • 1910
    An Jung-geun, Korean general who fought for independence of Korea(executed) (b. 1879)
  • 1910
    Auguste Charlois, French astronomer (b. 1864)
  • 1920
    William Chester Minor, American surgeon and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (b. 1834)
  • 1923
    Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (b. 1844)
  • 1926
    Konstantin Fehrenbach, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1852)
  • 1929
    Katharine Lee Bates, American poet (b. 1859)
  • 1933
    Eddie Lang, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1940
    Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • 1942
    Jimmy Burke, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • 1945
    David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1863)
  • 1948
    Emile St. Godard, Canadian dog sled racer (b. 1905)
  • 1951
    James F. Hinkle, American politician, sixth Governor of New Mexico (b. 1864)
  • 1957
    Édouard Herriot, French politician (b. 1872)
  • 1958
    Phil Mead, English cricketer (b. 1887)
  • 1959
    Raymond Chandler, American-born novelist (b. 1888)
  • 1969
    John Kennedy Toole, American author (b. 1937)
  • 1973
    Don Messer, Canadian fiddler (b. 1909)
  • 1973
    George Sisler, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1973
    Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1973
    Noel Coward, English composer and playwright (b. 1899)
  • 1976
    Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • 1976
    Lin Yutang, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • 1978
    Wilfred Pickles, English actor and broadcaster (b. 1904)
  • 1983
    Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy (b. 1907)
  • 1984
    Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • 1987
    Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • 1989
    Hai Zi, Chinese poet (b. 1964)
  • 1990
    Halston, American fashion designer (b. 1932)
  • 1992
    Barbara Frum, Canadian journalist (b. 1937)
  • 1995
    Eazy-E, American rapper (N.W.A) (b. 1963)
  • 1996
    David Packard, American engineer and businessman (b. 1912)
  • 1996
    Edmund Muskie, American politician (b. 1914)
  • 1997
    Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • 2000
    Alex Comfort, American author (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • 2003
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (b. 1927)
  • 2004
    Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • 2004
    Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Frederick Rotimi Williams Nigerian politician and jurist (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • 2005
    James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1976-1979 (b. 1912)
  • 2005
    Marius Russo, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2006
    Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • 2006
    Nikki Sudden, British singer/songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 2006
    Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2008
    Heath Benedict, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2008
    Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • 2008
    Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • 2008
    Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Shane McConkey, Canadian skier and BASE jumper (b. 1969)
  • 2011
    Diana Wynne Jones, British fantasy writer (b. 1934)
  • 2011
    Geraldine Ferraro, Congresswoman and VP nominee (b. 1935)
  • 2011
    Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)

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