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 105,060 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, 2021 is the 57th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 308 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

Pisces is the sun 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 340 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.
  • 1658
    Treaty of Roskilde: After a devastating defeat in the Northern Wars (1655–1661), the King of Denmark-Norway is forced to give up nearly half his territory to Sweden to save the rest.
  • 1917
    The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
  • 1952
    Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
  • 1960
    A New York bound Alitalia airliner crashed into a cemetery at Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.
  • 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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