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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquits former Serbian President Milan Milutinović of committing war crimes. //www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/02/26/world/AP-EU-War-Crimes-Kosovo.html?partner=rssemc=rss ("New York Times")

Monday, February 26, 2007

Scientists find over 20 new species of animals as the Larsen Ice Shelf breaks in the Antarctic. //www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article1437681.ece ("The Times")
The International Court of Justice finds Serbia guilty of failing to prevent genocide in the Srebrenica massacre, but clears it of direct responsibility and complicity in the case.
The International Court of Justice finds Serbia guilty of failing to prevent genocide in the Srebrenica massacre, but clears it of direct responsibility and complicity in a case brought forth by Bosnia and Herzegovina. //www.guardian.co.uk/serbia/article/0,,2021764,00.html ("The Guardian")
Talpiot Tomb: Film director James Cameron claims to have found ossuaries that once contained the remains of Jesus of Nazareth, his disciple Mary Magdalene, and their son, named Judah. //www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/02/26/jesus.sburial.ap/ (CNN)

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers are gunned down in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada. It is deadliest day in Canadian law enforcement in over 120 years.
MillionaireSteve Fossett breaks a world record by completing the fastest non-stop, non-refueled, solo flight around the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.
The freighter "M/V Karen Danielsen" crashes into the Great Belt Bridge of Denmark. All traffic across the bridge is closed, effectively separating Denmark in two.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak asks Parliament to amend the constitution to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

The President of the Republic of Macedonia Boris Trajkovski died in an airplane accident.
The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years. //www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNewsstoryID=4447998 (Reuters)

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

An American businessman is admitted to the Vietnam France Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, with the first identified case of SARS. WHO doctor Carlo Urbani reports the unusual, highly contagious disease to WHO. Both the businessman and doctor later die of the disease.

Sunday, February 26, 1995

The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking firm, Barings Bank, collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Friday, February 26, 1993

World Trade Center bombing: In New York, New York, a van bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000.

Wednesday, February 26, 1992

The Supreme Court of Ireland rules that a 14-year-old rape victim may travel to England to have an abortion.

Tuesday, February 26, 1991

In the Bangladeshi general election, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party wins 139 of 300 seats in the Jatiyo Sangshad. BNP leader Khaleda Zia becomes President of Bangladesh on March 19.
Gulf War: On Baghdad radio, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait. Iraqi soldiers set fire to Kuwaiti oil fields as they retreat.
President Bush declares victory over Iraq and orders a cease-fire.

Thursday, February 26, 1987

Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes U.S. President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his National Security Council staff.

Wednesday, February 26, 1986

Sunday, February 26, 1984

United States Marines pull out of Beirut, Lebanon.

Monday, February 26, 1979

A total solar eclipse arcs over northern Canada, and a partial solar eclipse is visible over almost all of North America and Central America.//www.eclipse.org.uk/eclipse/0111979/

Thursday, February 26, 1976

Wednesday, February 26, 1975

A fleeing Provisional Irish Republican Army member shoots and kills off-duty London police officer Stephen Tibble, 22, as he gives chase.

Monday, February 26, 1973

Edward Heath's British government publishes a Green Paper on prices and incomes policy.

Friday, February 26, 1971

Secretary General U Thant signs the United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.

Thursday, February 26, 1970

Chevrolet release the second generation Camaro.

Sunday, February 26, 1967

A Soviet nuclear test is conducted at the Semipalatinsk Test Site, Eastern Kazakhstan.

Wednesday, February 26, 1964

U.S. politician John Glenn slips on a bathroom rug in his Columbus, Ohio apartment and hits his head on the bathtub, injuring his left inner ear, and prompting him (later that week) to withdraw from the race for the Democratic Party Senate nomination.

Sunday, February 26, 1961

Hassan II is pronounced King of Morocco.
MarchndashApril ndash Drilling for Project Mohole is undertaken off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico.

Friday, February 26, 1960

A New York bound Alitalia airliner crashes into a cemetery at Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.

Tuesday, February 26, 1952

United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that the United Kingdom has an atomic bomb.

Saturday, February 26, 1944

February 26 ndash first US navy captain, Sue S. Dauser of nurse corps appointed.
Shooting begins on the Nazi propaganda film, The Fuehrer Gives a Village to the Jews in Theresienstadt.

Tuesday, February 26, 1929

The Grand Teton National Park is established by Congress.

Wednesday, February 26, 1919

An act of the United States Congress establishes most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park (see Grand Canyon National Park).

Monday, February 26, 1917

The U.S. government releases the plaintext of the Zimmermann Telegram to the public.
Japanese city of Omuta, Fukuoka is founded by Hiroushi Miruku
The Original Dixieland Jass Band records their first commercial record, with the tunes Livery Stable Blues and Dixie Jazz Band One Step.

Thursday, February 26, 1914

The "Britannic", sister to the "Titanic", is launched at Harland Wolff Shipyards in Belfast.

Friday, February 26, 1897

The Sigma Pi Fraternity is founded.

Saturday, February 26, 1887

At the Sydney Cricket Ground, George Lohmann becomes the first bowler to take eight wickets in a Test innings. The famous William Frawley was born.

Thursday, February 26, 1885

The final act of the Berlin Conference regulates European colonization and trade in Africa.

Saturday, February 26, 1870

In New York City, the first pneumaticsubway is opened.

Friday, February 26, 1869

March ndash In Japan, the daimyo of the Tosa, Hizen, Satsuma and Chōshū Domains are persuaded to 'return their domains' to the Emperor Meiji, leading to creation of a fully centralized government in the country.天下
The 2½-year-old Mahbub Ali Khan begins a 42-year reign as Nizam of Hyderabad.

Monday, February 26, 1866

The Calaveras Skull is discovered. Purported to be evidence of humans during the Pliocene Age, it turns out to be a hoax.

Thursday, February 26, 1863

Idaho Territory is organized by the U.S. Congress.
Abraham Lincoln signs the National Banking Act into law.
The U.S. National Conscription Act is signed, leading to the week-long New York Draft Riots.

Sunday, February 26, 1860

White settlers massacred a band of Wiyot Indians at the village of Tuluwat on Indian Island near Eureka, California. At least 60 women, children and elders were killed. Bret Harte, newspaper reporter in Arcata, fed the news to newspapers in San Francisco.

Thursday, February 26, 1846

The Liberty Bell is cracked while being rung for George Washington's birthday.

Sunday, February 26, 1815

Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.

Sunday, February 26, 1797

The Bank of England (national bank of Britain) issues the first one-pound and two-pound notes (discontinued March 11, 1988).

Wednesday, February 26, 1783

Friday, February 26, 1717

March 6 ndash What is now the northeastern United States is paralyzed by a series of blizzards that bury the region.

Tuesday, February 26, 1658

The peace between Sweden and Denmark is concluded in Roskilde by the Treaty of Roskilde, under which Denmark is forced to cede significant territory.

Sunday, February 26, 1606

Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon makes the first confirmed sighting of Australia by a European.

Sunday, February 26, 1589

August ndash King James VI of Scotland, the future James I of England, marries Anne of Denmark.

Friday, February 19, 1266 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of Benevento: The army of Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
In France, the gold écu and silvergrosh coins are minted for the first time.
Niccolo and Maffeo Polo, father and uncle of Marco Polo, reach Kublai Khan's capital Khanbaliq (now Beijing) in China, setting the stage for Marco's famous expedition 5 years later. Kublai Khan sends the Polos back with a message requesting that the Pope dispatch western scholars to teach in the Mongol Empire however, this request is largely ignored.
July ndash Mary de Ferrers is ordered to surrender land and Liverpool Castle to Edmund, second son of Henry III.
October ndash In England, the Second Barons\' War winds down as supporters of the slain rebel leader Simon de Montfort make an offer of peace to the king in the Dictum of Kenilworth after slight modifications to the peace settlement, it is agreed to the following year.
The war between Scotland and Norway ends as King Alexander III of Scotland and King Magnus VI of Norway agree to the Treaty of Perth, which cedes the Western Isles and Isle of Man to Scotland in exchange for a large monetary payment.
The Mamluk sultan Baibars expands his domain, capturing the city of Byblos (in present-day Lebanon) and the important castle of Toron from the crusader states, and defeating the Armenians at Cilicia.
October ndash In England, the Second Barons' War winds down as supporters of the slain rebel leader Simon de Montfort make an offer of peace to the king in the Dictum of Kenilworth after slight modifications to the peace settlement, it is agreed to the following year.

Friday, February 19, 1154 (Julianian calendar)

Roger II of Sicily dies at Palermo . He is succeded by his youngest son, William I of Sicily
Bosnia becomes an autonomous duchy.
The Almohad army conquers the last independent Muslim stronghold in Spain, Grenada, after six years of siege.Gilbert Meynier (2010) "L'Algérie cœur du Maghreb classique. De l'ouverture islamo-arabe au repli (658-1518)". Paris: La Découverte pp.88.
Birmingham, England, and the Birmingham Bull Ring are founded.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is first marked on the world map by Al Idrisi.
Belgrade is rebuilt by Byzantine emperor Manuel I Comnenus.
A chateau is built at Chinon by Theobald I, count of Blois.

Wednesday, February 25, 364 (Julianian calendar)

Valentinian I is proclaimed Emperor by the Roman army. He addresses the soldiers in a speech who threatened to riot.
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