On This Day

What Happened on February 26

Important Events

  • 1616 Roman Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo demanding he abandon his belief in heliocentrism, which states the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun
  • 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
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Feb 26 in Film & TV

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

Feb 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

Feb 26 in Sport

  • 1839 1st Grand National steeplechase, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool: Jem Mason wins aboard 5/1 favourite Lottery

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

Famous Divorces

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