What Happened On This Day – 26. März
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.
Births On This Day – 26. März
1944 Diana Ross
American singer, actress
1941 Richard Dawkins
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
Deaths On This Day – 26. März
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