Holidays Calendar for March 26, 2019

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.

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.

Live Long and Prosper Day, also known as LLAP Day, is celebrated by Star Trek fans around the globe on March 26. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Leonard Nimoy, the actor famous for originating the role of Spock in the Star Trek media franchise.

Prince Kūhiō Day is an official holiday in the American state of Hawaii celebrated annually on March 26. It is dedicated to Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole, who was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and later served as territorial delegate in the U. S. Congress.

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

If you love sweets and nuts, you absolutely have to observe National Nougat Day on March 26. This amazing holiday was created to celebrate a delicious nut-based confection that has been around for hundreds of years.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day, also known as simply American Diabetes Alert Day, is observed on the fourth Tuesday in March every year. Its main goals are to raise public awareness of the dangers of diabetes and encourage Americans to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.


This Day in History

  • 2024 The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland collapsed after a container ship collided with a tower. Prior to the accident, its main span was the third longest span of any continuous truss in the world.
  • 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 Born: Satoko Miyahara, retired Japanese figure skater. She is the 2015 World silver medalist, the 2018 World bronze medalist, the 2016 Four Continents champion, and a two-time Four Continents silver medalist.
  • 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 Agreement came into effect, eliminating borders between the countries of the Schengen Area that encompasses 27 European states.
  • 1992 Born: Jess Bush, Australian actor, model, reality television personality, and visual artist. She is known for playing Nurse Chapel on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
  • 1991 The Treaty of Asunción was signed by Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay, establishing Mercosur, the South Common Market.
  • 1989 Died: Hai Zi, Chinese poet, one of the most famous poets in Mainland China.
  • 1985 Born: Jonathan Groff, American actor and singer known for his Broadway roles in Spring Awakening and Hamilton, as well as for voicing Kristoff in the Frozen franchise.
  • 1985 Born: Keira Knightley, English actress, model, singer, philanthropist, and feminist and human rights advocate. Her breakthrough roles were in the films Bend It Like Beckham and Love Actually.
  • 1976 Born: Amy Smart, American actress who gained widespread recognition after appearing in Varsity Blues, as well as for her recurring role as Ruby on Felicity.
  • 1972 Born: Leslie Mann, American actress whose film credits include The Table Guy, George of the Jungle, Knocked Up, 17 Again, Funny People, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and more.
  • 1970 Born: Martin McDonagh, British-Irish playwright, screenwriter, director, and producer. His most notable plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and others.
  • 1960 Born: Jennifer Grey, American actress known for her roles in the films Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dirty Dancing, Red Dawn, Bloodhounds of Broadway, Duck Duck Goose, and others.
  • 1950 Born: Martin Short, Canadian and American actor, comedian, and writer. His extensive career on stage and screen has spanned for more than five decades.
  • 1950 Born: Alan Silvestri, American composer and conductor, best known for his work in film and television. His notable credits include the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, and several Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
  • 1949 Born: Patrick Süskind, German author and screenwriter, best known for his internationally acclaimed novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
  • 1948 Born: Steven Tyler, American singer-songwriter and actor, best known as the frontman of the rock band Aerosmith.
  • 1945 Died: David Lloyd George, Welsh politician, the last Liberal Party member to serve as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • 1945 The Battle of Iwo Jima ended as the Japanese island was officially 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, director, photographer, and author. He is best known for originating the role of Spock in the Star Trek media franchise.
  • 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 composers of all time.
  • 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.
  • 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.