On This Day

What Happened on February 26, 1971

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • Erykah Badu [Erica Abi Wright], American singer-songwriter, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Hélène Ségara, French singer, born in Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
  • Max Martin, Swedish composer & producer, born in Stenhamra, Sweden
  • Rick Lyle, American football defensive end (NY Jets), born in Monroe, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

  • Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace, Roman Holiday), dies at 76