26 March It Happened Today
1726 Death of the English architect and writer Sir John Vanbrugh.
1827 Death of German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven.
1945 Death of former British prime minister David Lloyd George.
1973 The first female stockbroker starts work at the London Stock Exchange.
1973 Death of British dramatist Noel Coward.
1979 In the presence of US president Jimmy Carter, the leaders of Israel and Egypt sign a peace treaty.
2000 Vladimir Putin becomes new leader of Russia.
2007 Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party sign a power sharing agreement in Northern Ireland.