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MARCH 26

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Bangladesh: Independence/National Day
(Commemoration of independence from Pakistan: 1971)
Bangladesh Pakistan U.S. Department of State
Mali: Day of Democracy
(Commemoration of change from military government to free elections: 1991)
Mali U.S. Department of State
Hawaii: Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day
(Observed in honor of the birth date of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole: 1871)
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Source
1871 Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (Hawaiian Delegate to Congress) Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole U.S. Congress
1875 Syngman Rhee (First president of the Republic of Korea (South Korea)) Korean Political and Social Leaders
1893 Palmiro Togliatti (Leader of the Italian Communist Party for Nearly 40 Years) Italian Poltiical and  Social Leaders
James B. Conant (Massachusetts-born Educator, President of Harvard University) Massachusetts Social Leaders Educators of Note Harvard University
1914 William Westmoreland (South Carolina-born General, U.S. Army) South Carolina Military Leaders Vietnam War
1930 Sandra Day O'Connor (Texas-born Jurist: First Female to Serve as Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Sandra Day O'Connor United States Supreme Court
1940 Nancy Pelosi (Maryland-born Stateswoman: First Female to Serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) Maryland Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives Biography.com
1953 Elaine Chao (Chinese-American Secretary of Labor, Statesperson, Business Executive) Twaiwanese Political and Social Leaders U.S. Government Asian-American Political and Social Leaders Biography.com
1954 Curtis Sliwa (New York City-born Social Activist, Founder of the Guardian Angels) New York City Political & Social Leaders Guardian Angels Biography.com
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1649 John Winthrop (English-American First Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Company) John Winthrop Colonial Massachusetts
1894 Alfred H. Colquitt (Georgia-born U.S. Senator) Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Senate University of Georgia
1945 David Lloyd George (Prime Minister of England: 1916-1922) English Political & Social Leaders World War I
1984 Sékou Touré (Dictator of the Republic of Guinea) The Republic of Guinea Britannica
1989 Lewis Walt (Kansas-born 4-Star General, Author) Kansas Military Figures American Military Figures World War II Korean War Vietnam War American Authors
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1776 South Carolina Approves a New Constitution and Government Four Months Before the Continental Congress Declares Independence South Carolina Government American Revolution History Channel
1803 Colonial Prefect Pierre Laussat Announces the Transfer of Louisiana from Spain to France France Spain Louisiana Louisiana Secretary of States
1804 U.S. Congress Votes to Build and Arm "Men-of-War" to Fight the Barbary Pirates U.S. Congress Naval Military History Terrorism U.S. Treasury
1862 Company C of Wisconsin's Third Cavalry Leaves for St. Louis Wisconsin St. Louis, Missouri American Civil War Wisconsin Historical Society
1863 Confederate Congress Approves the Impressment Act, Allowing Tax Collectors to Impress Food and Other Articles Useful to the Confederacy American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 General James McPherson Takes Command of Union Army of Tennessee Tennessee Ohio Military Figures American Civil War History Channel
President Lincoln Transfers 12,000 Troops from the Union Army to the Navy President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Logs
1875 Mexican Raiders Attack Nuecestown, Texas Mexico Texas Human Rights, Civil Rights Texas State Historical Association
1917 Allied and Turkish Forces Fight the First of Three Battles In and Around the Palestinian City of Gaza Palestine Turkey World War I History Channel
1937 William Hastie Is Confirmed as the First African American to Serve as a U.S. Federal Judge (Virgin Islands) U.S. Virgin Islands Law African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Tennessee State University
1941 Italians Introduce "The Chariot" - a Successful Manned Torpedo Italy Naval Warfare World War II History Channel
1944 705 British Bombers Attack Essen, Germany Great Britain Germany World War II BBC
1945 U.S. Forces Secure the Island of Iwo Jima of 36 Days of Battle Japan Iwo Jima BBC
U.S. Troops Land in Okinawa Okinawa World War II Naval Military History Texas State Historical Association
1950 Senator McCarthy Falsely Accuses Professor of Being Top Soviet Spy Joe McCarthy & McCarthyism U.S. Senate Cold War History Channel
1954 U.S. Conducts 10,000 kT Atmospheric Nuclear Test at Bikini Island Nuclear Weapons Cold War Geoscience Australia
1970 U.S. Conducts Its 500th Nuclear Test Since 1945 Nevada Nuclear Weapons Cold War Geoscience Australia
1971 Bangladesh Declares Independence from Pakistan Bangladesh Pakistan New York Times
1975 Communists Violate Peace Accord and Take Control of Hue Vietnam History Channel
1979 Egypt & Israel Sign the Camp David Peace Accord Egypt Israel Jimmy Carter Camp David Peace Accords History Channel New York Times BBC
1982 Ground Is Broken for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington, D.C. Maya Lin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vietnam War New York Times
1983 U.S. Conducts 150 kT Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons Cold War Geoscience Australia
1989 First Free Russian Elections: 190,000,000 Vote and Boris Yeltsin Wins Russia Elections Jamestown Foundation
1990 South African Government Announces It Is Abandoning Racially Segregated Education South African Education Education Apartheid South African History
2000 Vladimir Putin Is Elected as Russia's Second Democratically Chosen President Vladimir Putin Elections New York Times
Pope John Paul II Continues His Millennium Pilgrimage in Israel Israel Pope John Paul II Religion BBC
2007 Democratic Union Party and Sinn Fein Reach Historic Power-Sharing Agreement in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Government BBC

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