Historical Events on February 26 (Part 2)

  • 2013 A rocket launched from the Gaza strip into Israel ends the ceasefire since November 2012

Film & TV History

2014 Seth Rogen testifies about Alzheimer's disease before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services

  • 2016 Iranian elections: reformers and moderates win control of parliament
  • 2017 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch wins after Kyle Larson runs out of gas on last lap; Jeffrey Earnhardt makes NASCAR history, 1st ever 4th generation driver to compete in Daytona 500

Academy Awards

2017 89th Academy Awards: Best Picture "Moonlight" (after mix-up), Best Director Damien Chazelle, Best Actor Casey Affleck, Best Actress Emma Stone

  • 2018 7.5 magnitude earthquake in central Papa New Guinea kills at least 100
  • 2018 Cold weather nicknamed "the Beast from the East" hits Europe, killing 7 and covering Pompeii in snow
  • 2018 Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, receives its 1 millionth seed on 10 year anniversary
  • 2018 Global Seed Vault opens in Svalbard, Norway, to help preserve diversity and loss from other genebanks
  • 2019 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; overturned in 2020
  • 2019 City of Venice in Italy introduces a day visitors tax
  • 2019 India launches air strikes on alleged terrorist camps within Pakistan
  • 2019 More than 4,500 complaints of child sexual abuse against migrant children received by US Health Department, Department of Justice received 1,300 more
  • 2019 UK reaches its highest-ever winter temperature with 21.2°C (70.2F) in Kew Gardens, London
  • 2020 Saudi Arabia bars overseas pilgrims from accessing religious sites of Mecca and Medina because of COVID-19 fears for 1st time in living memory
  • 2021 Amnesty International Report says that Eritrean troops might have committed crimes against humanity, killing hundreds of civilians, in attack on Ethiopian city of Aksum 28-29 November [1]
  • 2021 Toymaker Hasbro announces that the Mr Potato Head brand name will be changed to be gender-neutral [1]
  • 2022 'Rain bomb' due to a slow-moving low pressure trough begins major flooding in south-east Queensland, Australia, leaving at least seven people dead [1]
  • 2022 Scientists publish findings into "lost" continent Balkanatolia, that linked southern Europe with Asia, providing passageway for animal migrations 35 to 38 million years ago [1]
  • 2023 At least 59 migrants are killed after a boat breaks up in rough seas off the eastern coast of Calabria, Italy, with 80 survivors [1]
  • 2023 Dilbert comic strip creator Scott Adams faces widespread condemnation for his comments about African Americans in a YouTube show, prompting his strip and up-coming book to be cancelled [1]
  • 2023 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Cape Town: Defending champions Australia score a 19-run victory over South Africa to win their sixth title; Player of the series: Australian all-rounder Ash Gardner
  • 2023 Large rallies in Mexico cities (organizers estimate 500,000) protest cuts to the National Electoral Institute (INE), seen as undermining electoral neutrality [1]
  • 2023 One of the most violent incidents of revenge by mobs of Israeli settlers, who burn 200 buildings in Palestinian villages and kill at least one person after a Palestinian gunman kills two Israeli in the northern West Bank [1]
  • 2023 Winter storm deposits snow in parts of southern California for the first time in decades, down to 1,000 feet, with snow 1000 inches deep in San Bernardino Mountains [1]