Date History - On this day in history

Historical events for this day in history

Events on this day - March 26th

2006 - In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all public places came into force.

2000 - The Seattle Kingdome is imploded to make room for a new stadium.

2000 - Presidential elections are held in Russia, and Vladimir Putin is elected President.

1999 - The "Melissa worm" infects e-mail systems around the world.

1999 - A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.

1998 - Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.

1997 - Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides.

1996 - The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia.

1995 - The Schengen Treaty goes into effect.

1982 - A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, DC.

1979 - Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, DC.

1976 - A Dictatorship of Terror begins in Argentina. As a result of the state terrorism, thirty thousand people are murdered. Their final whereabouts remain unknown.

1975 - The Biological Weapons Convention enters into force.

1971 - East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form People's Republic of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Liberation War begins.

1958 - The United States Army launches Explorer III.

1958 - The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris.

1953 - Jonas Salk announces his polio vaccine.

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.

1942 - World War II: In Poland, Auschwitz receives its first female prisoners.

1934 - Driving test introduced in the United Kingdom.

1917 - World War I: First Battle of Gaza - British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.

1913 - Balkan War: Bulgarian forces take Adrianople.

1839 - The first Henley Royal Regatta is held.

1812 - An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.

1808 - Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII.

1707 - The Act of Union becomes law, uniting England and Scotland into one state, the Kingdom of Great Britain.

1636 - Utrecht University is founded in The Netherlands.

1552 - Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru.

1026 - Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.

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