February 26: Day of the Week
February 26, 2017 was the 57th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 308 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Pisces is the zodiac 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.
February 26 Historical Event(s)
- 1266Battle 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.
- 1919President 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).
- 1935Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
- 1935Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.
- 1952Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
- 1961Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
- 1971U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
- 1987Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
- 1991Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.
- 1993World 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.
Who were born on February 26?
- 1885Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
- 1918Otis Ray Bowen, American physician & politician, 44th Governor of Indiana, and 16th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
- 1921Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (d. 2007)
- 1933James Goldsmith, Anglo-French businessman (d. 1997)
- 1941Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (d. 1972)
- 1943Bill Duke, American actor and director
- 1954Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, heir to the deposed Kingdom of Hanover and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco
- 1967James Allodi, Canadian actor, writer and director
- 1973Erinn Bartlett, American actress
- 1981Kertus Davis, American racing driver
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