Holidays Calendar for March 26, 2016

On March 26, the People's Republic of Bangladesh celebrates its Independence Day. It is the country's national holiday that commemorates the declaration of independence of Bangladesh in 1971.

March 26 is a public holiday in the Republic of Mali known as Martyrs' Day or Democracy Day. It commemorates the 1991 coup that marked the beginning of transition to multiparty democracy in the country.

Holy Saturday, also known as Black Saturday, Great Sabbath and Easter Eve, is the last day before Easter. This day commemorates the day when Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb.


Purple Day is an annual international event aimed at raising awareness of epilepsy. It has been held on March 26 since 2008.

National Guard Day is an official holiday in Ukraine celebrated on March 26. It was instituted in 2015, replacing the Day of Interior Troops of Ukraine.

Spinach is not only tasty, it's also extremely good for you. Celebrate National Spinach Day that falls on March 26.

This Day in History

  • 2010 The ROKS Cheonan (South Korean corvette) sank off the west coast of South Korea near Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. 46 seamen died.
  • 1998 52 people were killed with knives and axes at Oued Bouaïcha in the municipality of Bouiret Lahdab, Algeria. 32 victims were babies under the age of two. On the same day another 11 were killed on the other side of Algeria at Youb.
  • 1996 Died: David Packard, American engineer and businessman, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (HP).
  • 1995 The Schengen Treaty came into effect eliminating borders between the countries of Schengen area.
  • 1991 The Treaty of Asunción was signed by Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay, thus establishing Mercosur, the South Common Market.
  • 1989 Died: Hai Zi, Chinese poet, one of the most famous poets in Mainland China.
  • 1985 Born: Keira Knightley, English actress, best known for roles in The Hole, Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • 1950 Born: Alan Silvestri, American composer and conductor, best known for his works in film and television. His composing major hit films include Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers.
  • 1949 Born: Patrick Süskind, German author and screenwriter, best known for internationally acclaimed novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
  • 1948 Born: Steven Tyler, American singer-songwriter and actor, best known as the frontman of rock band Aerosmith.
  • 1945 Died: David Lloyd George, Welsh politician, the last Liberal to serve as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • 1945 The Battle of Iwo Jima ended as the Japanese island officially was secured by American forces.
  • 1944 Born: Diana Ross, American singer and actress. She started her career as a part of The Supremes and later began acting in films.
  • 1938 Born: Anthony James Leggett, English-American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids.
  • 1931 Born: Leonard Nimoy, American actor, singer, and director, best known for the role as Spock in the original Star Trek series.
  • 1923 Died: Sarah Bernhardt, French actress, who is referred to as the most famous actress the world has ever known. She developed a reputation as a serious dramatic actress, earing a nickname The Divine Sarah.
  • 1915 The first championship was played between the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the National Hockey Association. The Vancouver Millionaires swept the Ottawa Senators three-games-to-none to win the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • 1911 Born: Tennessee Williams, American playwright, author, and poet, famous for The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sweet Bird of Youth and Orpheus Descending.
  • 1892 Died: Walt Whitman, American poet and author, best known for his controversial poetry collection Leaves of Grass.
  • 1885 Died: Anson Stager, American general and businessman, co-founder of Western Union.
  • 1885 The Métis people of the District of Saskatchewan began the North-West Rebellion against Canada in order to protect their rights, land and survival as a distinct people. The uprising was unsuccessful.
  • 1881 Born: Guccio Gucci, Italian fashion designer, the founder of The House of Gucci.
  • 1874 Born: Robert Frost, American poet and playwright, highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life. He received four Pulitzer Prizes and the Congressional Gold Medal for his poetical works.
  • 1830 The Book of Mormon (a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement) was published in Palmyra, New York.
  • 1827 Died: Ludwig van Beethoven, German pianist and composer, a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music and one of the most famous and influential of all composers.
  • 1814 Died: Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician who proposed the use of the guillotine to carry out death penalties in France, as a less painful method of execution. He didn't invent the guillotine, but his name became an eponym for it.
  • 1812 An earthquake measured 7.7 on the Richter magnitude scale destroyed Caracas, Venezuela. About 20,000 people died in addition to incalculable material damage.
  • 1517 Died: Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer of masses, motets and songs in German, French and Italian. He was an important figure in the development of music in Germany.
  • 1484 William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop's Fables.
  • 929 Died: Katharine Lee Bates, American poet, best remembered for the anthem America the Beautiful and popularization of Mrs. Santa Clause through her poem Goody Santa Claus of a Sleigh Ride.