March 26th

2011
Former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, the first female major party nominee for the office, died at age 75.
Geraldine Ferraro
2003
Former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., died at age 76.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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.
Russian presidential election, 2000
1999
Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for giving a lethal injection to an ailing man whose death was shown on "60 Minutes.".
Jack Kevorkian
1997
The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult who had committed suicide were found inside a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Heaven's Gate (religious group)
1995
The Schengen Agreement enters into force. Within the Schengen Area, which encompasses most of Europe, regular border checks have been abolished.
Schengen Agreement
1992
A judge in Indianapolis sentenced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant.
Mike Tyson
1991
4 South American countries establish Mercosur. Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay were the founding members of the Southern Common Market.
Mercosur
1982
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial took place in Washington, DC.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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.
Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty
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.
Biological Weapons Convention
1971
East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Liberation War
1964
The musical "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand, opened on Broadway.
Funny Girl (musical)
1953
Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio.
Jonas Salk
1945
The battle of Iwo Jima ended. About 22,000 Japanese troops were killed or captured in the fighting and more than 4,500 U.S. troops were killed.
Battle of Saipan
1942
First "Eichmann transport" to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps.
1911
Playwright Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Miss.
Tennessee Williams
1909
In support of Mohammed Ali Shah's coup d'etat against the constitutional government in Persia, a Russian military force invades northern Persia to relieve the siege of Tabriz.
Persian Constitutional Revolution
1892
Poet Walt Whitman died at age 72.
Walt Whitman
1885
The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. of Rochester, N.Y., manufactured the first commercial motion picture film.
Kodak
1874
Poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.
Robert Frost
1871
Municipal elections bring revolutionaries to power in Paris to form Commune government.
Paris Commune
1827
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria, at age 56.
Ludwig van Beethoven
1812
Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela; about 20,000 die.
1027
John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Salian dynasty.
Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor