March 26

This Day in History

1974

Chipko Movement Inspires Tree-Huggers

The modern Chipko Movement of hugging trees to stop them being felled began on 26 March 1974 in the Garhwal Himalayas of India. Chipko (meaning "to cling") was a movement sparked by Gaura Devi—a … (more...)

1953

Salk announces polio vaccine

On March 26, 1953, American Dr. Jonas Salk reports that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. Polio, a disease that mainly … (more...)

1827

Beethoven Dies

On this day in 1827, one of the most famous figures in musical history, German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven, died. Born in Bonn, Germany, most likely in 1770, the young Beethoven grew … (more...)

1762

Problem of Longitude Finally Solved

On this day in 1762, the great mystery of longitude was solved when a chronometer successfully guided the HMS Deptford from Portsmouth to Jamaica. Throughout much of history, some of the greatest … (more...)