March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). There are 280 days remaining.

  1. 1026 - Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
  2. 1199 - Richard the Lionheart is fatally wounded by a crossbow bolt during a siege in France, he dies eleven days later. The marksman, a french noble named Pierre Basile, is executed.
  3. 1552 - Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru.
  4. 1636 - Utrecht University is founded in The Netherlands.
  5. 1707 - The Act of Union becomes law, uniting England and Scotland into one state, the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  6. 1808 - Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII.
  7. 1812 - An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
  8. 1839 - The first Henley Royal Regatta is held.
  9. 1913 - Balkan War: Bulgarian forces take Adrianople.
  10. 1917 - World War I: First Battle of Gaza - British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
  11. 1934 - Driving test introduced in the United Kingdom.
  12. 1942 - World War II: In Poland, Auschwitz receives its first female prisoners.
  13. 1943 - World War II: Battle of the Komandorski Islands - In the Aleutian Islands the battle begins when United States Navy forces intercept Japanese attempting to reinforce a garrison at Kiska.
  14. 1953 - Jonas Salk announces his polio vaccine.
  15. 1958 - The United States Army launches Explorer III.
  16. 1958 - The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  17. 1971 - East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form People's Republic of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Liberation War begins.
  18. 1975 - The Biological Weapons Convention enters into force.
  19. 1976 - A military dictatorship begins in Argentina. As a result of the state terrorism, thirty thousand people are murdered. Their final whereabouts remain unknown.
  20. 1976 - Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
  21. 1979 - Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, DC.
  22. 1982 - A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, DC.
  23. 1995 - The Schengen Treaty goes into effect.
  24. 1996 - The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia.
  25. 1997 - Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides.
  26. 1998 - Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
  27. 1999 - The "Melissa worm" infects e-mail systems around the world.
  28. 1999 - A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
  29. 2000 - The Seattle Kingdome is imploded to make room for a new stadium.
  30. 2000 - Presidential elections are held in Russia, and Vladimir Putin is elected President.
  31. 2005 - Return of Doctor Who to television after 16-year absence.
  32. 2006 - In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force.
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