Sunday, February 26, 2012

February 26 in History

February 26 is the 57th day of the year. There are 309 days remaining until the end of the year.
  • 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba.
  • 1863 – US President Abraham Lincoln signed the National Currency Act into law.
  • 1870 – In New York City, the first demonstration of a pneumatic subway opened to the public.
  • 1909 - Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, was first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • 1917 – The Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded the first jazz record for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New Jersey.
  • 1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signed an act of the US Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a US National Park. 
  • 1920 – The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” premièred in Berlin.
  • 1929 – President Calvin Coolidge signed an Executive Order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
  • 1971 – UN Secretary General U Thant signed a UN proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1980 – Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations.
  • 1993 – 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, collapsed after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, lost $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.

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