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Day History: February-26

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740 - [[Epoch (reference date)|Epoch]] -(origin) of Ptolemy's Nabonassar Era.

364 - [[Valentinian I]] -is proclaimed Roman Emperor.

1233 - [[Mongol conquest of the Jin dynasty|Mongol–Jin War]] -The Mongol Empire|Mongols Mongol siege of Kaifeng|capture Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin dynasty (1115–1234)|Jin dynasty, after besieging it for months.

1266 - [[Battle of Benevento]] -An army led by Charles I of Naples|Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicily|Sicilian force led by Manfred, King of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.

1794 - [[Christiansborg Palace (1st)|Christiansborg Palace]] -in Copenhagen burns down.

1815 - [[Napoleon|Napoleon Bonaparte]] -escapes from Elba.

1876 - [[Empire of Japan|Japan]] -and Korean Empire|Korea sign a Japan–Korea Treaty of 1876|treaty granting Japanese citizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea's status as a tributary state of Qing dynasty China.

1909 - [[Kinemacolor]] -the first successful color film|motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre, London|Palace Theatre in London.

1914 - [[Harland and Wolff]] -shipyard in Belfast.

1916 - [[Tokelau]] -annexed by the United Kingdom.

1917 - [[Original Dixieland Jass Band]] -records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.

1919 - [[Woodrow Wilson]] -signs an act of the United States Congress |U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park - the Grand Canyon National Park.

1929 - [[Calvin Coolidge]] -signs an Executive Order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

1935 - [[Adolf Hitler]] -orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.

1935 - [[Robert Watson-Watt]] -carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of radar in the United Kingdom.

1936 - [[February 26 Incident]] -young Japanese military officers attempt to stage a coup against the government.

1946 - [[ghost rockets]] -

1952 - [[Vincent Massey]] -is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.

1960 - [[Alitalia-Linee Aeree Italiane|Alitalia]] -airliner crashes into a cemetery in Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.

1966 - [[Apollo program]] -Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket

1966 - [[Vietnam War]] -The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army Bình An massacre|massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam.

1971 - [[Secretary-General of the United Nations|U.N. Secretary General]] -U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.

1972 - [[Buffalo Creek Flood]] -caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.

1980 - [[Egypt–Israel relations|diplomatic relations]] -

1987 - [[Iran–Contra affair]] -The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.

1991 - [[Battle of Al Busayyah|Al Busayyah]] -

1992 - [[Nagorno-Karabakh War]] -Khojaly Massacre: Armenian armed forces Khojaly Massacre|open fire on Azeri civilians at a military post outside the town of Khojaly leaving hundreds dead.

1993 - [[World Trade Center bombing]] -In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center (1973–2001)|World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring over a thousand.

1995 - [[Barings Bank]] -collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson, loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.

2012 - [[2012 Burlington VIA derailment|train derails]] -in Burlington, Ontario, Canada killing at least three people and injuring 45.

2013 - [[hot air balloon]] -2013 Luxor hot air balloon crash|crashes near Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 people.

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