What Happened on March 26

Significant Events

  • 1027 Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Salian dynasty
  • 1812 Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela; about 20,000 die
  • 1871 Municipal elections bring revolutionaries to power in Paris to form Commune government
  • 1909 In support of Mohammed Ali Shah's coup d'etat against the constitutional government in Persia, a Russian military force invades northern Persia to relieve the siege of Tabriz
  • 1942 First "Eichmann transport" to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps
  • 1945 Iwo Jima occupied, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed
  • 1953 Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio
  • 1966 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago
  • 1971 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares its independence from Pakistan
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Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precusor of bandaid

On March 26, 1845

Would You Believe?

Richard III of England (1452-1485) is reburied at Leicester Cathedral in England, after being discovered under a carpark in Leicester in 2012

On March 26, 2015

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Famous Divorces

  • 1960 Academy award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage
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