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 Napoleon BonaparteFrench Emperor Napoleon 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
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
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
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie ChaplinComedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin 1916 - Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
1916 - Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia
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 - 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
1925 - Jihad against Turkish government
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 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
1935 - NY Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves
Baseball Great Babe RuthBaseball Great Babe Ruth 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
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
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.
1972 - Dam break in WV kills 107
1972 - Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek WV, 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
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 - "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
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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