February 26 Events in History - February 26 Birthdays - February 26 Deaths
2015 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approves net neutrality rules, which guarantee equal Internet access to all users; broadband companies had been seeking the ability to sell faster access to certain customers while slowing access for others
2014 Over 300 books related to Anne Frank are donated to Tokyo libraries by the embassy of Israel after a mass vandalism incident earlier this month that destroyed hundreds of the library system's existing copies; police are still investigating
2014 NASA announces that its Kepler space telescope has discovered 715 planets in other solar systems, bringing the instrument's new-planet tally to 961; four of the latest discoveries are thought to have an orbit favorable to habitation, but the distance of these planets makes exploration impossible with current technology
2013 Representatives from the U.S., China, Germany, France, Russia and the U.K., discuss Iran's nuclear program with Iranian officials
2013 Scientists in Illinois, announce they've developed stretchable batteries that can power a new generation of flexible electronics
2012 New Corporation announces its launch of 'The Sun on Sunday' to replace 'News of the World' which shut down due to a phone hacking controversy
2012 Senegalese voters go to the polls for Senegal's presidential election, which has been marked by controversy and violence
2011 After winning a Liberal Party of British Columbia ballot, Canadian politician Christy Clark becomes the second woman to be Premier of British Columbia
2011 In Hollywood, California, the 83rd Academy Awards are held at the Kodak Theater, celebrating the best films of 2010
2010 Suicide bombers carry out a number of attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people
2009 Former Serbian President Milan Mulutinovic is acquitted of war crimes during the Kosovo War
1998 Oprah Winfrey beats Texas cattlemen in beef trial
1998 Steven M. Gluckstern completes sale of New York Islanders
1998 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
1997 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck and LeAnn Rimes wins
1995 London finance house of Barings collapse after losses in Singapore by trader Nick Leeson
1994 Actor Dolph Lundgren (34) weds Anette Qviberg in Stockholm
1994 St. Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 11-1
1993 2nd tallest building in world, New York City World Trade Center bombed, 7 die
1993 9th Soap Opera Digest Awards
1993 Allan Border beats Gavaskar's record for most Test Cricket runs 10,123
1992 "Search and Destroy" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 46 performances
1991 Asanka Gurusinha scores twin Test Cricket tons vs. New Zealand (119 and 102)
1991 Bill Veeck and Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1991 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
1991 New York - New Jersey Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together
1990 U.S.S.R. agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czechoslovakia by July, 1991
1989 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 634 performances
1989 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am
1989 Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
1989 New York 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
1988 Christa Rotherburger (GDR) skates ladies world record 1000m (1:17.65)
1987 1st release of Beatles compact discs
1987 NASA launches GEOS-H
1987 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points is a Chicago Bull record
1987 Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
1987 U.S.S.R. resumes nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1987 Washington blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
1986 Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16)
1985 27th Grammy Awards: Whats Love Got to Do With It, Cyndi Lauper wins
1984 Last U.S. Marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
1984 Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse
1984 Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called New York City, "Hymietown"
1984 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st U.S. poet laureate
1983 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks
1982 Test Cricket debut of Martin Crowe, vs. Australia Wellington, run out 9
1981 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released
1981 84 penalties (406 minutes) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minnesota and Boston
1981 French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
1980 Egypt and Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
1980 Miltary coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
1980 R Hadlee scores Test Cricket century vs. Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft
1979 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
1978 Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," premieres in New York City
1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
1977 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore New York City for 75 performances
1975 1st televised kidney transplant on the Today Show
1974 Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
1973 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m
1972 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, kills 125
1970 "Georgy" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 4 performances
1970 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
1968 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
1967 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1967 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in St. Paul, to become NWA champ
1966 KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, New Mexico (CBS) begins broadcasting
1965 Dutch Government of Marijnen falls
1965 West Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
1962 Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad..." premieres in New York City
1962 U.S. Supreme Court disallows race separation on public transportation
1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs. New York
1960 Soviet premier 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
1956 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
1956 Writers Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge
1955 "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 149 performances
1955 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith
1954 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Massachusetts
1954 Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock and roll) records
1953 Allen W. Dulles, promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA
1952 Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference
1952 Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
1951 22nd amendment to Constitution is ratified
1951 Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
1950 Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety," premieres in New York City
1949 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
1946 2 killed and 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia, Tennessee
1945 Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th U.S. Air Force
1944 1st female U.S. Navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
1943 German assault moves to Beja North Tunisia
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"
1941 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO
1941 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized, California
1941 Utrecht and Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
1941 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
1940 U.S. Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, New York
1938 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
1938 Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
1938 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
1938 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
1937 C Isherwood/WH Auden's "Ascent of F6," premieres in London
1936 Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"
1936 Military coup in Japan
1935 Germany begin Luftwaffe operation, under Reichsmarshall H Goering
1935 New York Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves
1935 RADAR-Radio Detection and Ranging 1st demonstrated (Robert Watson-Watt)
1933 Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
1933 Marinus van der Lubbe kept overnight in a police cell
1930 "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater
1930 1st red and green traffic lights installed (Manhattan New York City)
1930 West Indies make 1st Test Cricket win, by 289 runs over England
1929 President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park
1926 Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street
1925 Jihad-Saint war against Turkish government
1924 Trial against Hitler in Munich begins
1923 Italian nationalist and fascists merge (blue-shirts and black-shirts)
1919 Acadia National Park forms (as Lafayette N P), Maine
1919 Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
1918 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse and burn, killing 604
1917 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
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
1914 New York Museum of Science and Industry incorporated
1912 Coal miners strike in England (settle on 03/01)
1907 Royal Oil and Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1907 U.S. Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500
1895 Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine
1893 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan
1893 Einar Halvorsen skates world record 500m (48 sec)
1891 1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park
1891 Henrik Ibsens "Hedda Gabler," premieres in Oslo
1887 George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in Test Crickets, 8-35 at SCG
1885 Congress of Berlin, gives Congo to Belgium and Nigeria to England
1884 British and Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
1881 Natal: British troops under General-major Colley occupy Majuba Hill
1881 SS Ceylon begins 1st round-the-world cruise from Liverpool
1870 1st New York City subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
1869 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states
1869 Franz Schubert's "4th Tragic," premieres
1866 New York Legislature forms New York City Metropolitan Board of Health
1863 Lincoln signs National Currency Act
1862 Battle of Woodburn, Kentucky
1859 Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins
1852 British frigate Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die
1848 2nd French Republic proclaimed
1848 Marx and Engels publish "Communist Manifesto"
1839 Jem Mason on Lottery wins 1st Grand National Steeplechase (Britain)
1834 1st U.S. interstate crime compact (New York - New Jersey) ratified
1832 Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Czar Nicholas I
1815 Napoleon and 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
1804 Vice-Admiral William Bligh ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad
1773 Construction authorized for Walnut St. jail in Philadelphia
1732 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, Philadelphia
1732 Mass celebrated for 1st time at St. Joseph's Church in Philadelphia
1616 Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
1590 Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda
1534 Pope Paul II affirms George van Egmond as bishop of Utrecht
1531 Earthquake in Lisbon Spain, kills 20,000-30,000
1266 Battle of Benevento