March 26


Composer Ludwig van Beethoven died at age 56 in Vienna, Austria.


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.


East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh.


In a ceremony at the White House, President Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Begin of Israel signed a peace treaty ending 30 years of war between the two countries.


Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial took place in Washington, DC.


Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.

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