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    What happened on March 26 in History

    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    March 26, 1517The famous Flemish composer Heinrich Issac dies.
    March 26, 1799Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa, Palestine.
    March 26, 1804Congress orders the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi River to Louisiana.
    March 26, 1804The territory of New Orleans is organized in the Louisiana Purchase.
    March 26, 1827German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven dies in Vienna. He had been deaf for the later part of his life, but said on his death bed "I shall hear in heaven."
    March 26, 1832Famed western artist George Catlin begins his voyage up the Missouri River aboard the American Fur Company steamship Yellowstone.
    March 26, 1885Eastman Film Co. manufactures the first commercial motion picture film.
    March 26, 1913The Balkan allies take Adrianople.
    March 26, 1918On the Western Front, the Germans take the French towns Noyon, Roye and Lihons.
    March 26, 1938Herman Goering warns all Jews to leave Austria.
    March 26, 1942The Germans begin sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
    March 26, 1950Senator Joe McCarthy names Owen Lattimore, an ex-State Department adviser, as a Soviet spy.
    March 26, 1951The United States Air Force flag design is approved.
    March 26, 1953Eisenhower offers increased aid to the French fighting in Indochina.
    March 26, 1953Dr. Jonas Salk announces a new vaccine against polio.
    March 26, 1954The United States sets off an H-bomb blast in the Marshall Islands, the second in four weeks.
    March 26, 1961John F. Kennedy meets with British Premier Macmillan in Washington to discuss increased Communist involvement in Laos.
    March 26, 1969The Soviet weather Satellite Meteor 1 is launched.
    March 26, 1969Writer John Kennedy Toole commits suicide at the age of 32. His mother helps get his first and only novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, published. It goes on to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize.
    March 26, 1979The Camp David treaty is signed between Israel and Egypt.
    March 26, 1982Ground is broken in Washington D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
    March 26, 1989The first free elections take place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin is elected.
    March 26, 1992An Indianapolis court finds heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson guilty of rape.

    Born on March 26

    March 26, 1819Louise Otto, German author.
    March 26, 1850Edward Bellamy, writer (Looking Backward).
    March 26, 1859A.E. Houseman, poet (A Shropshire Lad).
    March 26, 1874Robert Frost, poet, multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner.
    March 26, 1880Duncan Hines, U.S. restaurant guide author
    March 26, 1904Joseph Campbell, folklorist and writer.
    March 26, 1911Tennessee Williams, American dramatist (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Name Desire).
    March 26, 1914William Westmoreland, U.S. army general during the Vietnam War.
    March 26, 1923Bob Elliot, radio comedian, one half of Bob and Ray.
    March 26, 1930Gregory Corso, beat poet, discovered literature in prison.
    March 26, 1930Sandra Day O’Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
    March 26, 1933Vine Deloria, Jr., writer, activist.
    March 26, 1942Erica Jong, poet, novelist (Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life).