Historical Events on 26th February

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747 BC - Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy's Nabonassar Era.
364 - Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
1266 - Battle of Benevento fought in Southern Italy between Manfred of Sicily and army of Charles of Anjou
1534 - Pope Paul II affirms George van Egmond as bishop of Utrecht
1590 - Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda
1616 - Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
1732 - 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia
1773 - Construction authorized for Walnut St jail (Phila) (1st solitary)
1794 - Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down.
1797 - Bank of England issues first £1-note
1804 - Vice-admiral William Bligh (of Bounty fame) ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad
1815 - Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
French Emperor Napoléon BonaparteFrench Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte 1832 - Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Tsar Nicholas I
1834 - 1st US interstate crime compact (NY-NJ) ratified
1839 - Jem Mason on Lottery wins 1st Grand National Steeplechase (Britain)
1848 - 2nd French Republic proclaimed
1848 - Marx & Engels publish "Communist Manifesto"
1852 - British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die, 193 survive
1859 - Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins
1862 - Battle of Woodburn, KY
1863 - Lincoln signs National Currency Act
1866 - New York Legislature forms NYC Metropolitan Board of Health
1869 - 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify
Composer Franz SchubertComposer Franz Schubert 1869 - Franz Schubert's "4th Tragic," premieres
1870 - 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
1881 - -27] Natal: British troops under Major General Colley occupy Majuba Hill
1881 - SS Ceylon begins 1st round-the-world cruise from Liverpool
1884 - British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
1885 - Congress of Berlin; gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to Great Britain
1887 - George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in Test Crickets, 8-35 at SCG
1891 - 1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park
1891 - Henrik Ibsens "Hedda Gabler," premieres in Oslo
1893 - 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Mich
1893 - Einar Halvorsen skates world record 500m (48 sec)
1895 - Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine
1901 - British general Kitchener confers with Boer general Louis Botha about peace conditions, which break down over the question of amnesty for some Boers
1907 - Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1907 - US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500
1907 - Louis Botha Het Volk Party wins a majority in the election in Transvaal, South Africa
1909 - Austria and Turkey conclude an agreement in which Turkey recognizes Austria's 1908 annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to receive compensation
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma GandhiPacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi 1910 - Gandhi supports the African People's Organisations resolution to declare the day of arrival of the Prince of Wales in South Africa as a day of mourning in protest against the South Africa Acts disenfranchisement of Indians, Coloureds and Africans in the upcoming Union of South Africa
1912 - Coal miners strike in Britain (settle on 1st March)
1914 - New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated
1914 - HMHS Britannic, sister to the Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.
1915 - Malancourt, Argonnen (1st (German) flame-thrower
1916 - Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930
1916 - Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
1916 - Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie ChaplinComedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin 1917 - 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step," and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company
1917 - [NS Mar 11] Russian February Revolution: Tzar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd - army mutinies
1917 - 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
1918 - Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604
1919 - Acadia National Park forms (as Lafayette N P), Maine
1919 - Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
1923 - Italian nationalist & fascists merge (blue-shirts & black-shirts)
1924 - Trial against Hitler in Munich begins
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1925 - Jihad against Turkish government
1926 - Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street
1929 - US Pres Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park
1930 - "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater
1930 - 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)
1930 - West Indies make 1st Test Cricket win, by 289 runs over England
1933 - Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
1933 - Marinus van der Lubbe kept overnight in a police cell
1935 - German Luftwaffe is re-formed under Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering
Baseball Legend Babe RuthBaseball Legend Babe Ruth 1935 - NY Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves
1935 - RADAR-Radio Detection & Ranging 1st demonstrated (Robert Watson-Watt)
1936 - Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"
1936 - Military coup in Japan
1937 - C Isherwood/WH Auden's "Ascent of F6," premieres in London
1938 - 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
1938 - Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
1938 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
1938 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
1940 - US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
1941 - 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO
1941 - Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)
1941 - Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
1941 - Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
1942 - German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb
1942 - Radio Orange calls for March 1 day of prayer in Dutch Indies
1942 - WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
1942 - Werner Heisenberger informs nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen"
1943 - German assault moves to Beja North Tunisia
1944 - 1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
1945 - Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force
1946 - 2 killed & 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia Tenn
1949 - USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
1950 - Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety," premieres in NYC
1951 - Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
1952 - Neth-Indonesian Unity conference
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 1952 - PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
1953 - Allen W Dulles, promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA
1954 - 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
1954 - Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
1955 - "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 149 performances
1955 - 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith
1956 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
1956 - Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita KhrushchevFirst Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev 1960 - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia
1960 - USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
1960 - Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
1960 - Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"
1962 - Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad . . .," premieres in NYC
1962 - US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
1962 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY
1965 - Dutch government of Marijnen falls
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain 1965 - West Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
1966 - KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
1967 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1967 - Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in St Paul, to become NWA champ
1968 - Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
1970 - "Georgy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 4 performances
1970 - Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
1971 - Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
1971 - Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland
1972 - Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125
1973 - Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m
1974 - Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
1975 - "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore NYC for 75 perfs
1975 - 1st televised kidney transplant (Today Show)
1976 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 - 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
1978 - Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," premieres in NYC
LPGA Golfer Nancy LopezLPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez 1978 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
1979 - Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
1980 - Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
1980 - Milt coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
1980 - R Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft
1981 - 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released
1981 - 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost
1981 - French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
1982 - Test Cricket debut of Martin Crowe, v Australia Wellington, run out 9
King of Pop Michael JacksonKing of Pop Michael Jackson 1983 - Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks
1983 - Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
1984 - Last US marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
1984 - Rev Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC, "Hymietown"
1984 - Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate
1985 - 27th Grammy Awards: Whats Love Got to Do With It, Cyndi Lauper wins
1986 - Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16)
1986 - People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
1987 - 1st release of Beatles compact discs
1987 - NASA launches GEOS-H
Basketball Superstar Michael JordanBasketball Superstar Michael Jordan 1987 - NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record
1987 - Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
1987 - USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1987 - Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
1988 - Christa Rotherburger (GDR) skates ladies world record 1000m (1:17.65)
1989 - Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career
1989 - "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 634 perfs
1989 - Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am
LPGA Golfer Betsy KingLPGA Golfer Betsy King 1989 - Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
1989 - NY Yankees announce that Tom Seaver is their new TV sportscaster
1989 - California court throws out most of Margo Adams's $12 million breach-of- contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs
1990 - USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
1990 - The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
1991 - Asanka Gurusinha scores twin Test Cricket tons v NZ (119 & 102)
1991 - Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1991 - Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
1991 - NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together
1992 - "Search & Destroy" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 perfs
1992 - Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
1993 - 2nd tallest building in world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die
1993 - 9th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
1993 - Allan Border beats Gavaskar's record for most Test Cricket runs 10,123
1994 - St Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 11-1
1995 - London finance house Barings collapses after huge losses in Singapore by rogue trader Nick Leeson
1997 - 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins
Talk show host Oprah WinfreyTalk show host Oprah Winfrey 1998 - Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen
1998 - Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
1998 - Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
1999 - 15th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
2001 - The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
2004 - Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2004 - The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
2005 - Hosni Mubarak the president of Egypt orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005 by asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76 of the constitution.
Egyptian President Hosni MubarakEgyptian President Hosni Mubarak 2005 - 25th Golden Raspberry Awards: Catwoman wins
2011 - 31st Golden Raspberry Awards: The Last Airbender wins
2012 - The film The Artist wins five Academy Awards and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927
2012 - Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
2012 - Train derailment kills 3 and injures 45 in Burlington, Ontario
2012 - 84th Academy Awards - "The Artist," Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep win
2013 - A flexible battery capable of being charged wirelessly and folded and stretched is developed
2013 - A hot air balloon crashes in Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 tourists
Actress Meryl StreepActress Meryl Streep 2013 - A rocket launched from the Gaza strip into Israel ends the ceasefire since November 2012

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