On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 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 Military 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 Reverend 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

KuwaitHighway of Death

1991 Coalition planes bomb Iraqi forces retreating from Kuwait during the Gulf War, killing hundreds and creating the so-called 'Highway of Death'

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The so-called Highway of Death in Iraq after coalition planes repeatedly bombed it during Operation Desert Storm
The so-called Highway of Death in Iraq after coalition planes repeatedly bombed it during Operation Desert Storm
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  • 1992 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
  • 1993 "World Trade Center bombing of 1993": truck bomb explodes in parking garage of NYC World Trade Center at 12:18pm, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000 in what was the deadliest act of terrorism perpetrated on US soil at the time
  • 1995 London finance house Barings collapses after huge losses in Singapore by rogue trader Nick Leeson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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
  • 2018 7.5 magnitude earthquake in central Papa New Guinea kills at least 100
  • 2019 India launches air strikes on alleged terrorist camps within Pakistan
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 2019 City of Venice in Italy introduces a day visitors tax
  • 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

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