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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 1876
    Japan and Korea sign a treaty granting Japanese citizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea’s status as a tributary state of Qing Dynasty China.
  • 1909
    Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • 1914
    Ship HMHS, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
  • 1917
    The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
  • 1919
    President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).
  • 1920
    The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, premièred in Berlin.
  • 1929
    President Calvin Coolidge signs an Executive Order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
  • 1935
    Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1935
    Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.
  • 1936
    In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.
  • 1971
    U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1972
    The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.
  • 1980
    Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    Nagorno-Karabakh War: Khojaly Massacre: Armenian armed forces open fire on Azeri civilians at a military post outside the town of Khojaly leaving hundreds dead.
  • 2004
    Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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