What happened This day in History on February 26th
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| 1993 U.S.A. Car Bomb World Trade Center
26th February, 1993 : A car bomb which exploded in an underground garage at the World Trade Center shook the 110 story towers causing the collapse of several floors in the underground garage and tearing a hole in the ceiling of an adjoining subway leaving six people dead and injuring a further 100. It is thought Islamic extremists are responsible.
In May 1994, four men - Mohammed Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Mahmud Abouhalima and Ahmad Ajaj - were sentenced to life for bombing the World Trade Center, which killed six people and injured 100.
2001 Netherlands War Crimes
26th February, 2001 : A U.N. tribunal in The Hague in the Netherlands convicts Bosnian Croat political leader Dario Kordic of war crimes for ordering the systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.
| 1919 U.S.A. Grand Canyon National Park
Feb. 26th, 1919 : Congress established Grand Canyon National Park which includes the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, considered to be one of the major natural wonders of the world in Arizona. This is considered by many to be one of the earliest successes the environmental conservation movement.
1920 Mexico Kidnapping
Thursday, Feb. 26th, 1920 : An American was kidnapped in Durango, a state in Mexico. This captive, whose name is Berry Hogarty, was being held for ransom. This man worked at the American Metals Company, which is located in Matimi, which is located within Durango. This was not the first American who was captured in this way. Others have been reported in earlier-dated publications.
1920 U.S.A. Farming
Feb. 26th, 1920 : A crop summary report of Oklahoma farming was made on this day. It had revealed that the average farm in the state of Oklahoma had yielded about $3.65 more per acre than the rest of the Nation. This figure was based on a national average of 21 major crops.
1935 Germany Luftwaffe Established
Feb. 26th, 1935 : Nazi leader Adolf Hitler signs a secret decree authorizing the founding of the Reich Luftwaffe as a third German military service to join the Reich army and navy.
1938 U.S.A. Crude Oil Found In Abilene
Feb. 26th, 1938 : Crude oil was found in Abilene, Texas. This discovery was actually made on the day before. The report that was made on this day, however, had depicted the excitement that was felt by the people of the town of Opin, located approximately south of Abilene.
1952 Great Britain Atomic Bomb
Tuesday, 26th February, 1952 : Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces Great Britain has developed its own atomic bomb.
1965 Vietnam Troop Movement
Feb. 26th, 1965 : On this date, the first set of South Korean troops was sent to Saigon. At first, they were assigned to non-fighting assignments. However, as of April 3rd
they became active combatants during the Vietnam War. This initiative was started as a result of a proposal made by Lyndon Johnson. This was part of an effort to provide more allied support for both the United States and South Vietnam.
1968 United Kingdom Hospital Fire
Feb. 26th, 1968 : A hospital fire in the Shelton Mental Hospital near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England has killed 21 patients.
1972 U.S.A. Buffalo Creek Valley Flooding
Feb. 26th, 1972 : A dam In West Virginia’s Buffalo Creek Valley collapses flooding Buffalo Creek Valley and killing 118 people. Another 4,000 people were left homeless.
1989 Lebanon US Withdraws
Feb. 26th, 1989 : Effort was made by the United States to encourage peace in Beirut, Lebanon. However, after 18 months, the U.S. had begun withdrawing their troops from this location. This was the day that the last of the United States troops were sent back home.
1990 Nicaragua Free Elections
26th February, 1990 : On this day, the effect of allowing people to vote in free elections had been very well demonstrated. Anyone running under the Sandinistas ticket had lost. This happened after a year of opposition by the U.S., as well as Nicaragua’s own people. The Sandinista party was a form of communist rule established shortly after Daniel Ortega became president. He was the one who had eventually agreed to allow free elections in the country, after some serious conflict had occurred. He was the one that had succeeded Antastacio Somoza, who was overthrown.
1991 Kuwait Kuwait City Liberated
Feb. 26th, 1991 : Kuwait City is liberated by Gulf War Allies when Iraq President Saddam Hussein orders withdrawal by Iraq Troops from the city.
1995 England Barings Bank Collapse
Feb. 26th, 1995 : Barings PLC, Britain's oldest investment banking firm, collapsed after Nick Leeson a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices over a period of three years . The collapse was caused by his losses but also by the bank's own deficient internal auditing and risk management practices which should have picked up the losses much earlier.
2000 United Kingdom David Shayler
Feb. 26th, 2000 : A former British spy David Shayler is sued by the British government for breach of confidence over secret service files. The case dates back to 1997
when he made a series of claims about the activities of MI5, in a British tabloid newspaper.
2008 U.S.A. Chumpy
26th February, 2008 : The latest in Electronic / Internet Gadgets is released. Chumby a tiny computer enclosed in a stuffed leather pillow the size of two fists with a 6-inch LCD touch-sensitive screen which shows pictures, news headlines, games, incoming e-mail from the Internet.
2008 U.S.A. Starbucks Coffee Shops Close For 3 1/2 hours Training
Feb. 26th, 2008 : The Starbucks coffee chain will be shuting all of its U.S. branches for three-and-a-half hours of staff training. This is seen as a blow to millions of Americans' daily routines, and the move has triggered a flurry of competition from rival coffee shops. Starbucks serves fifty million Americans a week and has become part of its urban landscape. All seven thousand branches across the U.S. will be closing at 17.30 local time to train the chain's 135,000 staff.
2008 U.S.A. A.I.G. executives convicted of fraud
26th February, 2008 : Five of American International Group's (A.I.G's) former insurance executives are convicted of fraud for their part in its
accounting scandal. Ronald Ferguson, the former boss of reinsurance firm General Re, was among those found guilty by the
jury, and could face fines and years in jail. The five were convicted in connection with a deal that A.I.G. made with General
Re in 2000.
2009 U.S.A. Obama tells Congress that American combat troops will be out of Iraq by the summer of 2010
Feb. 26th, 2009 : President Obama has told congressional leaders that he's planning to pull all combat troops out of Iraq by August 2010.
Under this scenario, all combat troops will have been withdrawn within nineteen months of Obama's January inauguration, and
three months longer than the promises he made on the campaign trail. In a meeting at the White House, Obama told
lawmakers that he plans to keep a range of 35,000 to 50,000 support troops on the ground in Iraq after combat operations
are over. All U.S. troops will have to be out of Iraq by December 31st, 2011, under the agreement that the Bush
administration had signed with the Iraqi government.
2009 U.S.A. Media can now photograph military coffins arriving in country from war zones
26th February, 2009 : The Defence Department has lifted the ban on news organisations showing pictures of the coffins of soldiers being returned to
the United States. Robert Gates has said that photographs of the flag-draped caskets of U.S. war dead being returned home
will be allowed if their families agree to it. The move overturns a ban put in place by President George Bush Snr. in 1991.
2009 U.S.A. The Simpsons Set To become America’s longest running TV show
Feb. 26th, 2009 : Fox has said that it has renewed The Simpsons for two more years, which confirms that the animated series will become the
longest-running prime time TV series. That record had been held for more than three decades by Gunsmoke, the TV Western
that ended in 1975. The current season of The Simpsons has tied with Gunsmoke, and its 21st season will surpass it. In
testament to the long-lasting appeal of the fictional people of Springfield, Homer Simpson will keep inventing new catch-
phrases throughout 2011, when the 22nd season is due to end.
2011 United States
Space Shuttle Discovery Docks for Last Time
26th February, 2011 : The United States’ space shuttle Discovery docked
at the International Space Station for the last time. After the last trip, the
Discovery is set to become a museum attraction, as well as the other
shuttles in its fleet.
2013 North Korea Dennis Rodman Visits North Korea
Feb. 26th, 2013 : Retired American basketball player Dennis Rodman visited North Korea along with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters. The visit was filmed as apart of a tv show being produced by a US media company. The visit also came a midst rising tensions between the US and North Korea and was seen as many by unusual.
2014 India Turtles Found Dead in India
26th February, 2014 : Over nine-hundred olive ridley turtles were found dead in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Conservationists accused fishermen of not using the proper devices to stop the turtles from getting caught in nets. Officials stated that there had not been that many turtles found dead in the coastal area in about ten years. This breed of turtle is considered endangered in India.