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1935NY Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves

1998Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

2005Hosni 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.

1960Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

1869Franz Schubert's "4th Tragic," premieres

201284th Academy Awards - "The Artist," Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep win

1987NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

1952PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

1956Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open

1936Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"

1935German Luftwaffe is re-formed under Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering

1989Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am

1929US Pres Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park

1917[NS Mar 11] Russian February Revolution: Tsar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd - army mutinies

1956Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

1983Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks

1960Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"

1616Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo

1916Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract

1910Gandhi 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

1815Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

1962Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY

1989Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career

February 26th Historical Events
Date Event
747
Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy's Nabonassar Era. 
BC
AD
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 
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 
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 
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 
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: Tsar 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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
1991
Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future 
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 
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. 
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 
2013
A rocket launched from the Gaza strip into Israel ends the ceasefire since November 2012 
2017
Malaysia declares airport safe for travel after nerve agent attack 
2017
Drunken driver injures 28 at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade 
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