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1616Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo

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

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

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

1916Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract

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

1924Trial against Hitler in Munich begins

1929US Pres Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park

1935German Luftwaffe is re-formed under Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering

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

1936Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"

1952PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

1956Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open

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

1960Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

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

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

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

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

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

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

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

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.

On This Day In History
Date Event
Feb 26, 747 BC
Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy's Nabonassar Era. 
Feb 26, 364
Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor. 
Feb 26, 1266
Battle of Benevento fought in Southern Italy between Manfred of Sicily and army of Charles of Anjou 
Feb 26, 1534
Pope Paul II affirms George van Egmond as bishop of Utrecht 
Feb 26, 1590
Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda 
Feb 26, 1616
Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo 
Feb 26, 1732
1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia 
Feb 26, 1773
Construction authorized for Walnut St jail (Phila) (1st solitary) 
Feb 26, 1794
Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down. 
Feb 26, 1797
Bank of England issues first £1-note 
Feb 26, 1804
Vice-admiral William Bligh (of Bounty fame) ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad 
Feb 26, 1815
Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France 
Feb 26, 1832
Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Tsar Nicholas I 
Feb 26, 1834
1st US interstate crime compact (NY-NJ) ratified 
Feb 26, 1839
Jem Mason on Lottery wins 1st Grand National Steeplechase (Britain) 
Feb 26, 1848
2nd French Republic proclaimed 
Feb 26, 1848
Marx & Engels publish "Communist Manifesto" 
Feb 26, 1852
British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die, 193 survive 
Feb 26, 1859
Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins 
Feb 26, 1862
Battle of Woodburn, KY 
Feb 26, 1863
Lincoln signs National Currency Act 
Feb 26, 1866
New York Legislature forms NYC Metropolitan Board of Health 
Feb 26, 1869
15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify 
Feb 26, 1869
Franz Schubert's "4th Tragic," premieres 
Feb 26, 1870
1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered) 
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