What Happened on February 26

Significant Events

  • 1616 Roman Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo demanding he abandon his belief in heliocentrism
  • 1797 Bank of England issues first £1 note
  • 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte and his supporters leave Elba to start a 100 day re-conquest of France
  • 1885 Berlin Conference gives Congo to Belgium and Nigeria to Great Britain
  • 1935 RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt
  • 2005 Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76
More Historical Events

February 26 in Film & TV

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

February 26 in Music

  • 1917 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company

February 26 in Sport

  • 1839 1st Grand National steeplechase race held at Aintree Racecourse, Jem Mason aboard Lottery wins in Liverpool, England (disputed)

Did You Know?

1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia

On February 26, 1732


Would You Believe?

P&O's SS Ceylon begins world's 1st round-the-world pleasure cruise from Liverpool

On February 26, 1881

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
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