Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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About February 26

February 26, 2017 is the 57th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 308 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 358 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 26

  • 747 BCE
    Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy’s Nabonassar Era.
  • 1266
    Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
  • 1794
    The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
  • 1914
    Ship HMHS, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
  • 1946
    Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.
  • 1952
    Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
  • 1966
    Apollo Program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
  • 1971
    U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1993
    World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.
  • 2004
    Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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