On This Day for 26th February

Historical Events

  • 1616 Roman Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo demanding he abandon his belief in heliocentrism
  • 1797 Bank of England issues its first £1-note
  • 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte & his supporters leave Elba to start a 100-day re-conquest of France
  • 1848 Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels publish their "Communist Manifesto"
  • 1885 Congress of Berlin; gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to Great Britain
  • 2005 Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76

Did You Know?

1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company

On February 26th, 1917

Famous Weddings

  • 1924 Astronomer Edwin Hubble (34) weds Grace Burke in Pasadena, California
  • 1928 Actress Mary Astor (21) weds director Kenneth Hawks (30) at her family home in Moorcrest
  • 1934 Theoretical physicist Edward Teller (25) weds Augusta Maria Harkanyi
  • 1984 Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse
  • 1994 Actor Dolph Lundgren (34) weds Anette Qviberg in Stockholm

Famous Divorces

  • 1979 Actor Max Von Sydow (49) divorces actress Christina Olin after 28 years of marriage