Events in History on March 26

  • 127 Greek astronomer and mathematician Ptolemy begins his observations of the heavens (until 141 AD)
  • 685 Cuthbert (later Saint Cuthbert) is consecrated Bishop of Lindisfarne by Archbishop Theodore at York
  • 1027 Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Salian dynasty
  • 1147 Jewish community in Cologne fasts to commemorate anti-Jewish violence

Historic Event

1484 William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop's Fables

  • 1526 King Francis I returns from Spanish captivity to France
  • 1534 Lübeck accepts free Dutch ships into East Sea
  • 1552 Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru
  • 1636 University of Utrecht opening ceremony
  • 1663 The Quebec Seminary established by François de Montmorency-Laval, First Bishop of New France. North America's first institution of higher learning. [1]
  • 1668 England takes control of Bombay, India
  • 1692 King Maximilian installed as land guardian of South Netherlands
  • 1780 1st British Sunday newspaper appears (British Gazette & Sunday Monitor)
  • 1790 US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency
  • 1793 Pro-royalist uprising in Vendée region of France
  • 1804 Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
  • 1804 Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase

Historic Event

1808 Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII

Massive Earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela

1812 Earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela and kills an estimated 15,000–20,000 people

Historic Event

1820 Future Mormon church leader Joseph Smith has his "First Vision" in a wooded area of New York, according to Mormon scholars

  • 1821 Franz Grillparzer's "Das Goldene Vliess" premieres in Vienna
  • 1830 The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York
  • 1839 1st Henley Royal Regatta on the river Thames, England
  • 1845 Joseph Francis from NYC, patents a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat
  • 1845 Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of band-aid
  • 1852 Decree regarding streets of Paris passed
  • 1856 New South Wales's first 1st-class game, v Victoria at Melbourne NSW wins
  • 1859 1st supposed sighting of Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury; it doesn't exist
  • 1862 Battle of La Glorieta Pass, New Mexico Territory (Apache Canyon, Pigeon's Ranch)
  • 1863 Voters in West Virginia approve gradual emancipation of slaves
  • 1871 Municipal elections bring revolutionaries to power in Paris to form Commune government
  • 1872 7.8 earthquake shakes Owens Valley, California
  • 1872 Thomas J. Martin, of Alabama, receives a U.S. patent for a pipe and valve fire extinguisher system
  • 1878 Hastings College of Law founded in San Francisco, California
  • 1881 Thessaly is freed and becomes part of Greece again
  • 1885 1st modern, legal cremation held in England at Woking, Surrey [1]
  • 1885 Eastman Film Co manufactures 1st commercial motion picture film

Victory in Battle

1885 Louis Riel's forces defeat Canadian forces at Duck Lake, Sask

  • 1889 Bernard Tancred carries bat for 26* out of 47! South Africa v England
  • 1889 Johnny Briggs takes 15-26 (7-17 & 8-11) v South Africa at Newlands
  • 1889 South Africa all out 47, then follow-on all out 43 v England
  • 1895 King Alfonso plants pine sapling in Madrid, starts Spain's Arbor Day
  • 1898 Sabi Game Reserve opens in South Africa, the world's 1st officially designated game reserve; now part of Kruger National Park
  • 1898 Sabie Game Reserve proclaimed in the Transvaal - the beginnings of Kruger National Park
  • 1900 1st edition The (Free) People (Netherlands, probably Amsterdam)
  • 1903 American Hotel opens in Amsterdam
  • 1909 August Strindberg's "Bjalb-jarle-ti" premieres in Stockholm
  • 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
  • 1910 US forbids immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers and the sick
  • 1910 William H. Lewis appointed US Assistant Attorney General
  • 1913 Bulgaria captures Adrianople, ending the 1st Balkan War
  • 1913 Dayton, Ohio almost destroyed when Scioto, Miami and Muskingum River reach flood stage simultaneously
  • 1917 British win a battle against Turks at Gaza
  • 1924 Premiere of Bernard Shaw's play "Saint Joan" opens in London
  • 1926 ACD de Graeff appointed governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • 1926 First lip-reading tournament held in America
  • 1927 Alfred Hugenberg purchases German film company UFA
  • 1927 Gaumont-British Film Corporation forms
  • 1930 Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway
  • 1931 Iraq & Trans-Jordan sign peace treaty
  • 1931 Leo Bentley bowls 3 consecutive perfect games in Lorain, Ohio
  • 1931 New Delhi replaces Calcutta as capital of British-Indies
  • 1934 Driving tests introduced in Britain
  • 1935 RJ Mitchell & Major Sorley discuss armament of Supermarine Spitfire
  • 1936 1st parliamentary debate on NZ radio
  • 1936 200" telescope lens shipped, Corning Glass Works, NY-Cal Tech
  • 1936 Mary Joyce ends a 1,000 mile trip by dog in Alaska
  • 1937 Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye
  • 1937 William H. Hastie becomes 1st black federal judge (Virgin Islands)

Theater Premiere

1940 "The Fifth Column", a play by Ernest Hemingway and adapted by Benjamin Glazer premieres in NYC courtesy of the Theater Guild

  • 1942 Explosion of 20 tons of gelignite in a stone quarry at Easton, Pennsylvania, kills 21

'The Banality of Evil'

1942 First "Eichmann transport" to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps

Battle of Interest

1942 German offensive in North Africa under General Erwin Rommel

  • 1943 Battle of Komandorski Islands, naval battle between American navy and Japanese Imperial forces in the Pacific Ocean, ends inconclusively
  • 1943 Elsie S. Ott is 1st woman to be awarded US Air Force Medal
  • 1944 705 British bombers attack Essen, Germany

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

1945 Allies led by US Marine Corps secure island of Iwo Jima from Imperial Japanese Army, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed

Historic Event

1945 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill looks over at the Rhine (near Ginsberg)

  • 1945 Kamikaze attack on US battle fleet near Kerama Retto
  • 1945 US 7th Army crosses Rhine at Worms

Historic Event

1951 United States Air Force flag officially adopted by President Harry S. Truman

  • 1952 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi" premieres in Munich
  • 1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • 1955 "Ballad of Davy Crockett" version recorded by Bill Hayes becomes the #1 record in US
  • 1956 Medic Alert Foundation forms
  • 1956 Red Buttons stars as an angel on TV anthology series "Studio One" episode "Tale of St. Emergency"
  • 1958 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris
  • 1958 US Army launches America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
  • 1960 Iraq executes 30 after attack on Prime Minister Abd al-Karim Qasim
  • 1962 US Supreme Court backs 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in state legistature
  • 1966 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago
  • 1967 21st Tony Awards: Homecoming & Cabaret win

Catholic Encyclical

1967 Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical Populorum progressio

  • 1969 Nuclear reactor Dodewaard Neth goes into use
  • 1969 Soviet weather satellite Meteor 1 launched
  • 1970 500th nuclear explosion announced by the US since 1945
  • 1970 Golden Gate Park Conservatory made San Francisco city landmark
  • 1970 The Police (Northern Ireland) Act becomes law; the act provides for the disarmament of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and the establishment of an RUC reserve force
  • 1971 "Benny Hill Show" tops TV ratings

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1977 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta State beat Louisiana State University 68-55 in Minneapolis
  • 1977 Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson

Treaty of Interest

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

  • 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

Historic Event

1985 Pope John Paul II proclaims first ever World Youth Day

Historic Event

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

  • 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 un-official world record 10 km ladies (14:22.60)
  • 1994 Gunda Niemann skates world record 5 km ladies (7:03.26)
  • 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.

Murder 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

  • 1999 The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
  • 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 Burma's military junta officially names Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, the new capital (Yangon previous capital)
  • 2006 In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force
  • 2012 Macky Sall elected as President of Senegal
  • 2014 Taavi Rõivas becomes Prime Minister of Estonia

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 Carrie Lam is first woman elected to lead Hong Kong by Beijing-influenced electoral commission
  • 2017 Mass protests in Chile over country's privatised pension system

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

  • 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
  • 2018 US, European Union and Ukraine expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to Russian use of nerve gas in UK
  • 2019 Charges of staging fake racist and homophobic attack dropped against Justin Smollett by Chicago prosecutors
  • 2019 European Parliament votes for changes to copyright laws, making internet companies responsible for copyright infringements
  • 2019 Maker of Oxyconti, Purdue Pharma agrees to pay Oklahoma $270 million settlement ahead of trial accusing the company of fueling the opioid epidemic

Historic Publication

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

  • 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 Event

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


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 Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to all 51 murders in New Zealand
  • 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

Historic Event

2022 US President Joe Biden says of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power" in unscripted remarks in Poland [1]