On This Day

Historical Events on March 26 (Part 2)

Television Debut

2005 "Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose

  • 2006 In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force
  • 2006 Burma's military junta officially names Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, the new capital (Yangon previous capital)
  • 2006 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Canadian Stephen Ames shoots a final round 67 to complete biggest win of his career by 6 strokes from Retief Goosen of South Africa
  • 2012 Macky Sall elected as President of Senegal

Film & TV History

2012 Canadian filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

Music Single

2013 Ariana Grande's first single, "The Way", is released

  • 2014 Taavi Rõivas becomes Prime Minister of Estonia

Sports History

2014 Laureus World Sports Awards, Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Sportsman: Sebastian Vettel; Sportswoman: Genzebe Dibaba; Team: Germany Men's National Football team

Historic Event

2015 Richard III of England (1452-1485) is reburied at Leicester Cathedral in England, after being discovered under a carpark in Leicester in 2012

Election of Interest

2016 US primary elections: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders wins Washington, Hawaii and Alaska

Historic Event

2017 Anti-corruption protests in Russia result in hundreds arrested including opposition leader Alexei Navalny

  • 2017 Mass protests in Chile over country's privatised pension system
  • 2017 Carrie Lam is first woman elected to lead Hong Kong by Beijing-influenced electoral commission
  • 2018 US, European Union and Ukraine expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to Russian use of nerve gas in UK

Historic Event

2018 E-commence group Alibaba Group and US car maker Ford unveil a car vending machine without sales people 5 stories high in Guangzhou, China

Film & TV History

2018 Porn star Stormy Daniels claims she had an affair with Donald Trump in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes and was later threatened to keep quiet

  • 2018 US Federal Trade Commission confirms it will investigate Facebook over privacy concerns

Film & TV History

2018 "The Black Panther" becomes the highest grossing superhero film in America earning $630.9m

  • 2018 US soldier receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2019 European Parliament votes for changes to copyright laws, making internet companies responsible for copyright infringements

Historic Event

2019 Stolen Pablo Picasso painting "Buste de Femme" (Dora Maar) (1938) recovered after 20 years by Dutch art detective

  • 2019 Charges of staging fake racist and homophobic attack dropped against Justin Smollett by Chicago prosecutors
  • 2019 Maker of Oxyconti, Purdue Pharma agrees to pay Oklahoma $270 million settlement ahead of trial accusing the company of fueling the opioid epidemic
  • 2019 State of emergency declared in Rockland County, New York, due to measles epidemic with unvaccinated children banned from public spaces for 30 days after 153 cases

Historic Publication

2019 Michelle Obama's biography "Becoming" sells over 10 million copies according to its publisher Bertelsmann


2020 American cases of COVID-19 exceed all other countries on this date, with 81,578 cases and 1,180 deaths (New York Times)

  • 2020 Record number of Americans file for unemployment - 3.3 million according to US Department of Labor

Historic Event

2020 US charges Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and other officials with "narco-terrorism", by flooding the US with drugs

  • 2020 Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to all 51 murders in New Zealand
  • 2021 Scotland beats France 27-23 at Saint-Denis to confirm Wales' 28th Six-Nations Rugby Championship title; Welsh also claim Triple Crown