What happened on March 26 ?
1026 - Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
1552 - Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru.
1636 - Utrecht University is founded in The Netherlands.
1707 - The Act of Union becomes law, uniting England and Scotland into one state, the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1808 - Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII.
1812 - An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.
1839 - The first Henley Royal Regatta is held.
1913 - Balkan War: Bulgarian forces take Adrianople.
1917 - World War I: First Battle of Gaza - British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
1934 - Driving test introduced in the United Kingdom.
1942 - World War II: In Poland, Auschwitz receives its first female prisoners.
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.
1953 - Jonas Salk announces his polio vaccine.
1958 - The United States Army launches Explorer III.
1958 - The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris.
1971 - East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form People's Republic of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Liberation War begins.
1975 - The Biological Weapons Convention enters into force.
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.
1976 Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
1979 - Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, DC.
1982 - A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, DC.
1995 - The Schengen Treaty goes into effect.
1996 - The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia.
1997 - Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides.
1998 - Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria; 52 people killed with axes and knives, 32 of them babies under the age of 2.
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.
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.
2001 - The very last broadcast of WCW Monday Night Nitro is held on TNT in Panama City Beach, Florida.
2005 - Return of Doctor Who after 16-year absence.
2006 - In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all public places came into force.