On This Day

On This Day in History for March 26 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1971 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings

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1971 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares its independence from Pakistan

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • 1972 William Whitelaw appointed as the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • 1973 Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • 1974 Romanian communist party names party leader Ceausescu president
  • 1975 The Biological Weapons Convention enters into force.
  • 1976 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M

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1976 Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1977 Elvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"
  • 1977 Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson
  • 1977 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta State beat Louisiana State University 68-55 in Minneapolis

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1979 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 1979 Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game winning streak
  • 1979 OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1
  • 1981 Police & Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo, Yugoslavia
  • 1981 Soviet space mission Soyuz T-4 lands

  • 1982 Groundbreaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • 1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1985 Pope John Paul II proclaims first ever World Youth Day

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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1987 August Wilson's "Fences" premieres at the 46th Street Theatre, New York City in NYC; wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 4 Tony and 3 Drama desk Awards

Playwright August Wilson
Playwright
August Wilson
  • 1987 Hyderabad beat Delhi on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
  • 1987 NASA launches Fltsatcom-6, it fails to reach orbit
  • 1987 National Federation of State High School Associations adopt the college 3 point shot (21 feet)
  • 1988 American Janet Evans swims 1,500m freestyle female world record 15:52.10 in the USA Spring Nationals in Orlando, Florida
  • 1991 Fuel pipe explodes under 58th street & Lexington Ave, NYC
  • 1991 Marc Camoletti's "Don't Dress for Dinner" premieres in London
  • 1994 Gunda Niemann skates world record 5 km ladies (7:03.26)
  • 1994 Gunda Niemann skates un-official world record 10 km ladies (14:22.60)
  • 1994 Yuka Sato of Japan wins world figure skating championship in Tokyo
  • 1995 Mashonaland beat Mashonaland U-24 by 165 runs to win Logan Cup
  • 1995 The Schengen Treaty goes into effect.
  • 1996 The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia
  • 1997 Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides
  • 1998 Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  • 1999 The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.

MurderMurder of Interest

1999 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian

  • 2001 Kazakhstan's Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets
  • 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 walk.
  • 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)
  • 2012 Macky Sall elected as President of Senegal
  • 2014 Taavi Rõivas becomes Prime Minister of Estonia

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

King of England Richard III
King of England
Richard III

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders

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

Political Activist Alexei Navalny
Political Activist
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

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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

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • 2018 US Federal Trade Commission confirms it will investigate Facebook over privacy concerns
  • 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

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

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • 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

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

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama

PandemicCOVID-19

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

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2020 Record number of Americans file for unemployment - 3.3 million according to US Department of Labor

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

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • 2020 Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to all 51 murders in New Zealand

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