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On this day in history - March 26

What Happened On This Day – March 26

  • 2000 Vladimir Putin is elected President of Russia

    The ex-KGB officer has been lauded for leading Russia out of the 1990 economic crisis and criticized for building a regime that many have described as authoritarian and undemocratic.

  • 1995 The Schengen Agreement enters into force

    Within the Schengen Area, which encompasses most of Europe, regular border checks have been abolished.

  • 1991 4 South American countries establish Mercosur

    Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay were the founding members of the Southern Common Market.

  • 1979 The Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty is signed

    Egypt's President Anwar al-Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the treaty, which ended 30 years of war between the 2 countries.

  • 1975 The Biological Weapons Convention comes into effect

    The treaty bans the development, production and stockpiling of biological and toxin weapons. It has now been ratified by most countries worldwide.

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Births On This Day,
March 26

  • 1944 Diana Ross

    American singer, actress

  • 1941 Richard Dawkins

    Kenyan/English biologist

  • 1940 Nancy Pelosi

    American politician, 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

  • 1925 Pierre Boulez

    French pianist, composer, conductor

  • 1874 Robert Frost

    American poet, playwright

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Deaths On This Day,
March 26

  • 1984 Ahmed Sékou Touré

    Guinean politician, 1st President of Guinea

  • 1973 Noël Coward

    English actor, playwright, composer

  • 1902 Cecil Rhodes

    English/South African businessman, politician, founded De Beers

  • 1892 Walt Whitman

    American poet, author

  • 1827 Ludwig van Beethoven

    German pianist, composer