On this day
Polio was on the way out!
A pioneering medical treatment for polio, discovered and tested by Dr. Jonas Salk, was announced on this day back in 1953. The treatment would eventually roll out as a vaccine against the debilitating illness, with trials taking place from 1954. It’s now a staple treatment across the US.
US citizens marched against Vietnam.
The immensely controversial US involvement in Vietnam faced fierce protests across the country in the mid-60s. On March 26th 1966, a series of large events took place simultaneously across NYC, Chicago, and Washington DC.
The Lakers broke a huge record!
On March 26th 1972, the LA Lakers would break a fantastic basketball record, by winning an astonishing 69 games out of 82 played. It’d be a record that wouldn’t get broken again until 1996!
Israel and Egypt agreed to a peace treaty.
On March 26th, 1979, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin agreed to sign a peace accord between Egypt and Israel. It’s thought the agreement was drawn up based on the US’ Camp David Accords, presided over by then-US President Jimmy Carter.
Iron Mike began a stint behind bars.
Heavyweight boxer and world champion “Iron” Mike Tyson would start a jail sentence for a rape conviction in March 1992, having received a sentence for six years behind bars on March 26th.
Putin rose to prominence.
It’s on March 26th, 2000, that the world first paid attention to Vladimir Putin as he ascended to the role of President of Russia. Over his career, while helping Russia to bounce back from economic crises, Putin has gained international infamy - particularly following his decision to send Russian troops into Ukraine in 2022.
Special Days Falling on March 26thAs it happens, March 26th is a pretty important date for a variety of special occasions. Here are just a few that you may wish to take notice of…
National Good Hair Day
We all have bad hair days - so what about a good hair day instead? Not only celebrated by hairdressers, this is also a day when some people celebrate by having a haircut, a change of style, or even color . International Good Hair Day - as it's sometimes known - was started in 2001 by GHD, the haircare manufacturer.
National Spinach Day
Like Popeye, we should all make some space for protein-rich spinach in our diets! This is a day when nutritionists remind us of the nutritional value of this plant and many people serve it to encourage its popularity! It contains vitamins A, C and K, and is rich in fiber, folic acid and potassium.
National Nougat Day
Is there anything quite as sweet and chewy as nougat? Today's the day to chew down on your own. This treat dating back approximately 1,000 years is named from the French word meaning "nut cake". Now eaten all over the globe, it arrives in various shapes, sizes and colors!