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February 26 Historical Events

The following events took place on February 26. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 32 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 747 BC
    Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy’s Nabonassar Era.
  • 364
    Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor.
  • 1233
    Mongol–Jin War: The Mongols capture Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin dynasty, after besieging it for months.
  • 1266
    Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by Manfred, King of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
  • 1616
    Galileo Galilei is formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the earth orbits the sun.
  • 1794
    The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
  • 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
  • 1876
    Japan and Korea sign a treaty granting Japanese citizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea’s status as a tributary state of Qing dynasty China.
  • 1909
    Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • 1914
    HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
  • 1916
    Tokelau annexed by the United Kingdom.
  • 1917
    The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
  • 1919
    President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park - the Grand Canyon National Park.
  • 1929
    President Calvin Coolidge signs an Executive Order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
  • 1935
    Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1935
    Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of radar in the United Kingdom.
  • 1936
    In the February 26 Incident, young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.
  • 1946
    Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.
  • 1952
    Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.
  • 1960
    A New York-bound Alitalia airliner crashes into a cemetery in Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.
  • 1966
    Apollo program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam.
  • 1971
    U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1972
    The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.
  • 1980
    Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations.
  • 1987
    Iran–Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah.
  • 1992
    Nagorno-Karabakh War: Khojaly Massacre: Armenian armed forces open fire on Azeri civilians at a military post outside the town of Khojaly leaving hundreds dead.
  • 1993
    World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring over a thousand.
  • 1995
    The United Kingdom’s oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.

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