On This Day

What Happened on February 26, 2019

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Catholic Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sexual abuse in Melbourne, Australia. As treasurer at the Vatican, the highest-ranking church official to be convicted.
  • City of Venice in Italy introduces a day visitors tax
  • India launches air strikes on alleged terrorist camps within Pakistan
  • More than 4,500 complaints of child sexual abuse against migrant children received by US Health Department, Department of Justice received 1,300 more
  • UK reaches its highest-ever winter temperature with 21.2°C (70.2F) in Kew Gardens, London

Famous Deaths

  • Charles McCarry, American author and former CIA spy (The Tears of Autumn), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 88