On This Day in History for February 26 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 140 of 140

  • 1974 Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
  • 1975 1st televised kidney transplant (Today Show)
  • 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1977 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
  • 1978 Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" premieres in NYC
  • 1979 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
  • 1980 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • 1980 Milt coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • 1981 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released
  • 1981 French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
  • 1983 Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
  • 1984 Last US marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
  • 1984 Rev Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC "Hymietown"
  • 1984 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate
  • 1986 Evert van Benthem wins 14th Frisian 11-Cities skating race (6:55:16)
  • 1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • 1987 NASA launches GEOS-H
  • 1987 Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
  • 1987 USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 Christa Rotherburger (GDR) skates ladies world record 1000m (1:17.65)
  • 1989 Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
  • 1990 USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • 1990 The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
  • 1991 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
  • 1991 Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future
  • 1992 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
  • 1993 2nd tallest building in world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die
  • 1995 London finance house Barings collapses after huge losses in Singapore by rogue trader Nick Leeson

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1998 Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • 1998 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)
  • 2001 The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
  • 2004 Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 2004 The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.

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2005 Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 2012 Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
  • 2012 Train derailment kills 3 and injures 45 in Burlington, Ontario
  • 2013 A rocket launched from the Gaza strip into Israel ends the ceasefire since November 2012
  • 2013 A hot air balloon crashes in Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 tourists
  • 2013 A flexible battery capable of being charged wirelessly and folded and stretched is developed
  • 2016 Iranian elections: reformers and moderates win control of parliament

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