Today in History - February 26
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747BCE Feb 26, Origin of Era of Nabonassar.
364CE Feb 26, On the death of Jovian, a conference at Nicaea chose Valentinan, an army officer who was born in the
central European region of Pannania, to succeed him in Asia Minor.
1076 Feb 26, Godfried III with the Hump, duke of Netherlands-Lutheran, was murdered. [see Feb
1154 Feb 26, Rogier II Guiscard (60), King of Sicily (1101-54), died. William the bad succeeded his father, Roger the II.
(SC, 2/26/02)(HN, 2/26/99)
1266 Feb 26, Charles d’Anjou, king of the two Sicilies, defeated Manfred (33), in the Battle of Benevento. Manfred, the bastard son of Emperor Frederik II, king of Sicily, was killed.
(PCh, 1992, p.114)(SC, 2/26/02)
1324 Feb 26, Dino Compagni, Italian silk seller, poet, chronicler, died.
1361 Feb 26, Wenceslas of Bohemia, Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400), was born.
1505 Feb 26, In Brest Polish Chancellor J. Laski invited the Lithuanian government to reconfirm and expand the 1501 Union of Melnik, but the offer was rejected.
1534 Feb 26, Pope Paul III was affirmed George van Egmond as bishop of Utrecht.
(PTA, 1980, p.440)(SC, 2/26/02)
Feb 26, Worp van Thabor, Frisian abbot of Thabor (Chronicon Frisiae), died.
1564 Feb 26, Christopher Marlowe (d.1593), English, poet, dramatist, was baptized. His work included "Doctor
Faustus," "Tamburlaine," "The Jew of Malta," and other plays. He was murdered at 29 in a Deptford tavern and was suspected of being a spy to the Continent on behalf of the Crown. In 1993 Anthony Burgess had a novel published posthumously about Marlowe titled "A Dead Man in Deptford."
1577 Feb 26, Erik XIV Wasa (43), King of Sweden (1560-69), died.
1616 Feb 26, Spanish Inquisition delivered an injunction to Galileo.
1726 Feb 26, Maximilian II, M.
Emanuel, elector of Bavaria, governor of Netherlands, died.
1732 Feb 26, The 1st mass celebrated in American Catholic church was at St Joseph's Church,
1773 Feb 26, Construction was authorized for Walnut St. jail in Philadelphia, (1st solitary).
1790 Feb 26, As a result of the Revolution, France was divided into 83 departments.
1797 Feb 26, Bank of England issued 1st £1-note.
1802 Feb 26, Victor Hugo (d.1885), French novelist
and poet, was born in Besancon. In 1998 Graham Robb published the biography: “Victor Hugo.” "Initiative is doing the right thing without being told."
(WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A16)(HN, 2/26/98)(AP, 6/13/99)
Feb 26, Vice-Admiral William Bligh ended the siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad.
1805 Feb 26, Alexander Stulginskis, the 2nd president of Lithuania, was born at
Kutaliai in the Silale region. He died Sep 22, 1969 in Kaunas.
1813 Feb 26, Robert R. Livingston (66), US diplomat (Declaration of Independence), died in Clermont, NY. He had helped
Robert Fulton develop the "North River Steam Boat" (1807).
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_R._Livingston_%28chancellor%29)(ON, 6/12, p.1)
1815 Feb 26, Napoleon and 1,200 of his men escaped from
the Island of Elba to start the 100-day re-conquest of France.
(HN, 2/26/98)(AP, 2/26/98)
1829 Feb 26, Levi Strauss, creator of blue jeans, was born.
1832 Feb 26, Jo George Nicolay, private secretary to Abraham Lincoln and his biographer, was born.
1832 Feb 26, The Polish constitution was abolished by Czar Nicholas I.
26, New York and New Jersey ratified the 1st US interstate crime compact.
1842 Feb 26, Camille Flammarion, Mars researcher and popularizer of astronomy, was
1845 Feb 26, Alexander III, Russian tsar (1881-94), was born in St Petersburg. [see Mar 10]
1846 Feb 26, William Frederick Cody, aka "Buffalo Bill," was born in Scott County, Iowa. He was a "Wild West" frontiersman-turned-showman. Three weeks after the disaster at the Little Bighorn, Buffalo Bill claimed he had taken 'the first scalp for
(HN, 2/26/98)(AP, 2/26/98)
1848 Feb 26, The Second French Republic was proclaimed. [see Feb 24]
1848 Feb 26, Karl Marx and Frederich Engels published "The Communist Manifesto".
1852 Feb 26,
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (d.1943) was born. He was 24 years old when he became staff physician at the Battle Creek Sanitarium--a position he held for 62 years. Dr. Kellogg, a respected abdominal surgeon, ran "the San" as a health institute where the wealthy could rejuvenate themselves with Kellogg's offbeat cures. Illness was caused, Kellogg believed, by poor eating habits that left poisons in the
intestinal tract. Among Kellogg's solutions to the dietary dilemma were "fletcherizing," or chewing food hundreds of times before swallowing, and a vegetarian diet high in bran. It was the bowels, however, that received Kellogg's undivided attention. Patients at the San were subjected to regimens of "cleansing enemas" that cured "ulcers, diabetes, schizophrenia, acne...and premature old age." In
1895, Kellogg's search for the perfect food led to the development of breakfast food flakes made of wheat called Granose. Will Keith Kellogg, John's brother, improved on the Granose idea and founded the W.K. Kellogg Company. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9840/kellogg.html
1852 Feb 26, The British frigate Birkenhead sank off South Africa and 458 died.
1858 Feb 26,
In India pioneering tea-planter Maniram Dewan was hanged by British colonial rulers for taking part in the 1857 rebellion. The Sepoy Mutiny leader had introduced commercial tea production to the Assam region.
1860 Feb 26, White settlers massacred a band of Wiyot Indians at the village of Tuluwat on Indian Island near Eureka, Ca. At least 60 women, children and elders were killed. Bret Harte, newspaper reporter in Arcata, fed the news to newspapers in San Francisco.
(SFC, 2/28/04, p.D1)
1861 Feb 26, Ferdinand I, 1st tsar of modern Bulgaria (1908-18), was born in Vienna.
1862 Feb 26, Battle of Woodburn, KY.
1862 Feb 26, Cornelius Felton (b.1807), president of Harvard Univ., died in Chester, Pen., after 2 years in
(WSJ, 2/21/06, p.A3)(www.nndb.com/people/711/000107390/)y
1863 Feb 26, Pres. Lincoln signed a National Currency Act.
1866 Feb 26, Herbert Henry Dow, pioneer in US chemical industry (Dow Chemical), was born.
Feb 26, New York Legislature established the NYC Metropolitan Board of Health.
1869 Feb 26, Nadezjda K. Krupskaja, Russian revolutionary, wife of Lenin, was
1869 Feb 26, 15th Amendment, guaranteeing right to vote, was sent to states.
1870 Feb 26, New York City's first pneumatic-powered subway line was opened to the public. The tunnel was only a block long, and the line had only one car.
Feb 26, Wyatt Outlaw, black leader of Union League in North Carolina, was lynched.
1871 Feb 26, France and Prussia signed a preliminary peace treaty at Versailles.
1876 Feb 26, Agustin P. Justo y Rolon, President of Argentina (1931-38), was born.
1877 Feb 26, Rudolph Dirks, cartoonist, was born. He became the creator of the "Katzenjammer Kids."
Feb 26, Carel S. Adama van Scheltema, Dutch poet, writer (socialism), was born.
1879 Feb 26, Mabel Dodge Luhan, American biographer, was
1881 Feb 26, Natal British troops under General-Major Colley occupied Majuba Hill.
1881 Feb 26, SS Ceylon began its 1st round-the-world cruise from Liverpool.
1884 Feb 26, Leopold II in
Congo signed a British and Portuguese treaty.
1885 Feb 26, The Congress of Berlin gave Congo to Belgium and Nigeria to England.
1887 Feb 26, Sir Benegal Narsing Rau, president of UN Security Council (1950), was born in India.
1891 Feb 26, Henrik Ibsen’s "Hedda Gabler" premiered in Oslo.
(SFC, 4/14/01, p.B1)(SC, 2/26/02)
1891 Feb 26, The 1st buffalo was purchased for Golden Gate Park in
SF under John McLaren. A pair of bison, named Benjamin Harrison and Sarah Bernhardt, were settled in Golden Gate Park following reports that only 1000 were left in the US.
(SFC, 12/13/99, p.A18)(SC, 2/26/02)(SFC, 10/30/08, p.B1)
1893 Feb 26, Ivor Armstrong Richards (I.A. Richards), writer, critic and teacher (Meaning of Meaning), was born.
(HN, 2/26/01)(SC, 2/26/02)
1893 Feb 26, 2 Clydesdale horses set a record by pulling 48 tons on a
sledge in Michigan.
1893 Feb 26, Einar Halvorsen skated to a world record 500 meter (48 seconds).
1895 Feb 26, Michael Owens of Toledo, OH., patented a glass-blowing machine.
1901 Feb 26, Boxer
Rebellion leaders Chi-Hsin (Chi-hsui) and Hsu-Cheng-Yu were publicly executed in Peking.
(HN, 2/26/98)(SC, 2/26/02)
1903 Feb 26, Richard Gatling (b.1818), American inventor, died. The Gatling gun, an
early type of machine gun, was named after him. In 2008 Julia Keller authored “Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel.”
(WSJ, 6/3/08, p.A19)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Jordan_Gatling)
1907 Feb 26,
Concerns about a growing influx of foreigners, mostly Europeans, prompted Congress to create what became known as the Dillingham Commission, which examined the impact of immigrants on America. The panel later recommended curtailing immigration from southern and eastern Europe through use of quotas, higher entry fees, literacy tests and other
1907 Feb 26, Members of US Congress raised their own salaries to $7500.
1907 Feb 26, Royal Oil and Shell merged to form British Petroleum (BP).
1909 Feb 26, Diplomats gathered in Shanghai agreed to set up the International
Opium Commission. This was the first international effort to ban trade in a narcotic drug.
(Econ, 3/7/09, p.15)
1912 Feb 26, Coal miners struck in England. They settled on
1914 Feb 26, New York Museum of Science and Industry was incorporated.
1914 Feb 26, Russian aviator Igor Sikorsky carried 17 passengers in a twin engine plane in St. Petersburg. Igor Sikorsky, founder of Sikorsky Aircraft, produced a film in 1942 that promoted the capabilities of his VS-300 helicopter, highlighting its possible rescue and military applications.
1915 Feb 26, The 1st flame-thrower was used by the Germans at Malancourt, Argonnen.
1916 Feb 26, Jackie Gleason, comedian (Ralph Kramden in the Honeymooners), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
Feb 26, Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin to a film contract.
1916 Feb 26, General Henri Philippe Petain took command of the French forces at Verdun. A line of bayonets protruding from the earth still testifies to French
valor at Verdun in World War I.
1916 Feb 26, Germans sank the French transport ship Provence II, killing 930.
1916 Feb 26, Russian troops conquered Kermansjah, Persia.
1917 Feb 26, President Wilson
publicly asked congress for the power to arm merchant ships. When the United States entered World War I, propagandist George Creel set out to stifle anti-war sentiment. Pres. Wilson, following his 1916 re-election, had asked the NY publicist to design a public relations campaign to swing the country’s interests to support Britain and France.
(HN, 2/26/98)(AH, 6/07, p.46)
1917 Feb 26, Utrecht Harbor, Netherlands, held its 1st Annual fair.
Feb 26, Theodore [Hamilton] Sturgeon, US sci-fi author (Starshine, A Way Home, Hugo, Caviar), was born.
1918 Feb 26, Stands at the Hong Kong Jockey Club collapsed and burned, killing
1919 Feb 26, Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
(SFEM, 10/12/97, p.17)(AP,
1919 Feb 26, Acadia National Park was established as Lafayette National Park in Maine.
Feb 26, Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], actor (Felix-Odd Couple, Love Sidney), was born in Tulsa, OK.
1921 Feb 26, Betty Hutton, actress (Greatest Show on Earth), was born in Battle
1923 Feb 26, Italian nationalist blue-shirts merged with the fascist black-shirts.
1924 Feb 26, Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89), was born.
1924 Feb 26, U.S. steel
industry finds claimed an eight-hour day increased efficiency and employee relations.
1924 Feb 26, A trial against Hitler began in Munich.
1925 Feb 26, James Moody, US jazz saxophonist, orchestra leader, was born.
1925 Feb 26,
Jihad-Saint war against Turkish government.
1926 Feb 26, Dark Street in the Bronx was renamed Lustre Street.
1928 Feb 26, Antonie "Fats" Domino was born in New Orleans. He was an American Rock n' Roll singer famous by his songs "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't that a Shame."
1929 Feb 26, President Coolidge signed a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park In Wyoming.
(AP, 2/26/98)(WUD, 1994, p.615)
1930 Feb 26, "The Green Pastures" opened at Mansfield Theater.
1930 Feb 26, Manhattan, NYC, installed the 1st red and green traffic
1931 Feb 26, Otto Wallach (83), German chemist (Nobel 1910), died.
1932 Feb 26, Johnny Cash (d.2003) country singer (I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Boy Named Sue), was born in Kingsland, Arkansas.
1933 Feb 26, Sir James Goldsmith (d.7/18/97), later financier and corporate raider (Referendum Party), was born in Paris to a Catholic French mother and a German Jewish father who later moved to Britain and served as a Conservative member of
(SFEC, 7/20/97, p.B6)(SC, 2/26/02)
1933 Feb 26, Ground was broken for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Russell Cone was hired to oversee the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. He had already worked on the Philadelphia-Camden
(Ben Franklin) Bridge, the Detroit-Windsor Ambassador Bridge and the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
(HN, 2/26/98) (SFC,12/20/97, p.A21)
1935 Feb 26, New York Yankees released Babe Ruth. He signed with Boston
1935 Feb 26, Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) was 1st demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt.
1935 Feb 26, Germany began Luftwaffe operations under Reichsmarshal H. Goering.
1936 Feb 26, Japanese military troops marched into Tokyo to conduct a
coup and assassinate political leaders.
(HN, 2/26/99)(SC, 2/26/02)
1937 Feb 26, C. Isherwood and W.H. Auden's "Ascent of F6" premiered in London.
1938 Feb 26, US female Figure Skating championship was won by Joan Tozzer. US male Figure Skating championship was won by Robin Lee.
1938 Feb 26, The 1st passenger ship was equipped with radar.
1940 Feb 26, The U.S. Air Defense Command
was established at Mitchell Field, Long Island, NY.
(AP, 2/26/98)(SC, 2/26/02)
1941 Feb 26, Cowboys' Amateur Association of America was organized in
1941 Feb 26, British took the Somali capital in East Africa.
Feb 26, Vichy-France made religious education in school mandatory.
1941 Feb 26, Utrecht and Zaandam struck against raid on Jews.
1941 Feb 26, Jan Keizer Zaanse, February striker, was shot to death.
1942 Feb 26, Don Mason, WWII Navy
flier, sent the message: "Sighted sub sank same."
1942 Feb 26, German battle cruiser Gneisenau was deactivated by bomb.
1942 Feb 26, Werner Heisenberg informed Nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen."
1943 Feb 26, U.S.
Flying Fortresses and Liberators pounded the Reich docks and U-boat lairs at Wilhelmshaven.
1943 Feb 26, The German assault moved to Beja, North Tunisia.
1944 Feb 26, Sue Dauser was appointed the 1st female US navy captain of nurse corps.
1945 Feb 26, Mitch Ryder, rocker (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress), was born.
1945 Feb 26, A midnight curfew on
nightclubs, bars and other places of entertainment was set to go into effect across the US.
1945 Feb 26, Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force.
1945 Feb 26, Syria declared war on Germany and Japan. [see Mar 26]
1946 Feb 26, A race riot in
Columbia, TN, killed 2 people and 10 wounded.
1947 Feb 26, President Truman named Lewis W. Douglas as ambassador to Britain.
1949 Feb 26, A USAF plane began a 1st nonstop around-the-world flight.
1950 Feb 26, Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premiered in NYC.
1950 Feb 26, Harry Lauder (b.1870), notable Scottish entertainer, died. He was, at
one time, the highest-paid performer in the world, making the equivalent of £12,700 a night plus expenses, and was the first British performer to sell more than a million records.
1951 Feb 26, In the US the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.
(TMC, 1994, p.1951)(WSJ, 12/31/97, p.A11)(AP, 2/26/98)(HN, 2/26/98)
1951 Feb 26, Bread
rationing began in Czechoslovakia.
1952 Feb 26, The U.S. signed a military aid pact with Ecuador.
1952 Feb 26, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.
1952 Feb 26, A Netherlands-Indonesian
Unity conference took place.
1953 Feb 26, Allen W. Dulles was promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA.
1954 Feb 26, Michigan Representative Ruth Thompson (R) introduced legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock and roll records.
1954 Feb 26, 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used at Quincy, MA.
1954 Feb 26, William R. Inge (93), English theologist,
1955 Feb 26, "Peter Pan" closed at Winter Garden Theater in NYC after 149 performances.
1955 Feb 26, G.F. Smith became the 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed.
1956 Feb 26, Writers
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes met at a party in Cambridge.
1960 Feb 26, USA's David Jenkins won the Olympics Gold for men's figure skating.
1960 Feb 26, Soviet premier Khrushchev voiced support for Indonesia.
Feb 26, Mohammed V ibn Yusuf (51), sultan, King of Morocco, died.
1962 Feb 26, Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad..." premiered in
1962 Feb 26, Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scored 67 points vs. New York.
1962 Feb 26, US Supreme court disallowed race separation on public transportation.
1962 Feb 26, After becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn told a joint meeting of Congress,
“Exploration and the pursuit of knowledge have always paid dividends in the long run.”
1964 Feb 26, Lyndon B. Johnson signed a tax bill with $11.5 billion in cuts. It was initially
proposed by Pres. Kennedy in Dec, 1962. It slashed the top marginal income tax rate to 70% in 1965 from 91% in 1963.
(WSJ, 5/30/96, p.A14)(HN, 2/26/98)(WSJ, 12/12/03, p.W15)
1965 Feb 26, Spoony Singh
Sundher (1922-2006), Indian-born entrepreneur, opened his Hollywood Wax Museum on Hollywood Blvd. close to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. He charged $1.50 admittance.
1965 Feb 26, Norman Butler
was arrested for the murder of Malcolm X.
1965 Feb 26, West Germany ceased military aid to Tanzania.
1965 Feb 26, Jimmie Lee Jackson, civil rights activist, died of injuries.
1967 Feb 26, USSR performed an underground nuclear test at Eastern
Kazakhstan, Semipalitinsk, USSR.
1968 Feb 26, Thirty-two African nations agreed to boycott the Olympics because of the
presence of South Africa.
1968 Feb 26, Lionel Rose (1949-2011) outpointed Fighting Harada in Tokyo and became a national sports hero and an icon for Australia's indigenous community. Hundreds of thousands lined Melbourne's streets to
welcome him home after his title triumph. He lost the world bantamweight title to Mexican Ruben Olivares in a fifth-round knockout in August 1969.
1968 Feb 26,
Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) made its final transmission.
1969 Feb 26, Levi Eshkol (b.1895), born in the Ukraine as Levi Shkolnik, died while serving as Israel’s
3rd premier (1963-1969).
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.93)((http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Eshkol)
1969 Feb 26, Karl Jaspers (b.1883), German psychiatrist, philosopher, died.
1970 Feb 26, Beatles released "Beatles Again," aka the "Hey Jude" album.
1970 Feb 26, "Georgy" opened at Winter Garden Theater in NYC for 4 performances.
1970 Feb 26, Five Marines were arrested on charges of murdering 11 South Vietnamese women and children.
1972 Feb 26, A coal sludge spill killed 125 people and swallowed 500 homes in Buffalo Creek, W. Va. Over 132 million gallons of water and mud hit 17 little towns along Buffalo
(WSJ, 10/16/01, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Creek_Flood)
1972 Feb 26, Soviets recovered Luna 20 with a cargo of moon rocks.
1973 Feb 26, A publisher and 10 reporters were subpoenaed to testify on Watergate.
26, Claiborne Farm announced that Triple Crown horse Secretariat had been syndicated for a then-record $6,080,000, equivalent to 32 shares at $190,000 each.
1975 Feb 26, "Night... Made America Famous" opened at Barrymore in NYC for 75 performances.
1975 Feb 26, The 1st televised kidney transplant was
shown on the Today Show.
1976 Feb 26, US performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1978 Feb 26, Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" premiered in NYC at the Music Box Theater.
1979 Feb 26, A total solar eclipse cast a moving shadow 175 miles wide from Oregon to North Dakota before moving into Canada. This was the last total solar eclipse of the 20th century for the continental
(AP, 2/26/99)(SC, 2/26/02)
1980 Feb 26, Republican Ronald Reagan won the New Hampshire primary over George H.W. Bush and Howard Baker 49.8 to 22.8 to 12.9%. Democrat Jimmie Carter won over Ted
Kennedy, Jerry Brown and Birch Bayh 47.2 to 37.4 to 9.6%.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(www.politicallibrary.org/TallState/1980rep.html)
1980 Feb 26, Al Mills (51), his wife Jeannie (40) and their daughter Daphene (16) were shot to death at 2731 Woolsey
St. in Berkeley, Ca. In 2005 police arrested Edward Michael Mills (43), the son and brother of the victims, based on new evidence. Mills was soon released for lack of sufficient evidence to try him.
(SFC, 12/8/05, p.B4)(SFC, 12/9/05, p.B3)
26, Ricky Keel and Jeffrey Taylor shot and killed Campbell liquor store owner Frank Gummer during a robbery. Connie Keel (21), Ricky’s abused wife, remained in a car during the robbery, but all 3 were convicted of 1st degree murder. In 2009 Connie Keel was allowed parole.
1980 Feb 26, Egypt and Israel exchanged ambassadors for the 1st time.
1981 Feb 26, Howard Hanson (84), classical composer, teacher and conductor, died in Rochester, New York. His Symphony No. 4 ("Requiem"), written in memory of his father, won the 1944 Pulitzer Prize. He was born in Wahoo, Nebraska on October 28, 1896.
1981 Feb 26, The French Trainset 16 averaged 380 kph as part of Operation TGV 100.
Feb 26, Three British Anglican missionaries, detained in Iran since August 1980, were released.
1982 Feb 26, Gabor Szabo
(b.1936), Hungarian jazz pianist (Perfect Circle), died.
1983 Feb 26, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album went to #1 and stayed #1 for 37
1983 Feb 26, Short-wave pirate Radio USA in Wellsville, NY, began transmission.
1984 Feb 26, Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledged that he had called NYC: "Hymietown."
1984 Feb 26, Last
US marines in multinational peace-keeping force in Lebanon left Beirut.
1985 Feb 26, In the 27th Grammy Awards Tina Turner’s "What's
Love Got to Do With It" won as record and song of the year. Cyndi Lauper won as best new artist.
1986 Feb 26, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author
Robert Penn Warren was named the first poet laureate of the US by Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin. Warren was awarded the post of US poet laureate consultant to the Library of Congress as the name was changed from consultant in poetry.
(SSFC, 7/13/03, p.A27)(AP, 2/26/06)
1987 Feb 26, British stores released the 1st Beatles compact discs.
1987 Feb 26, NBA's Michael Jordan's
scored 58 points for a Chicago Bull record.
1987 Feb 26, The Tower Commission, which probed the Iran-Contra affair, issued its report, which rebuked President Reagan for failing to control his national security
1987 Feb 26, NASA launched GOES-H (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite). It carried experimental search and rescue equipment.
1987 Feb 26, USSR resumed nuclear testing at Semipalitinsk in Eastern Kazakhstan.
1988 Feb 26, Eric Arturo Delvalle, ousted as president of Panama by the country's National Assembly, called for a national strike to repudiate Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1988 Feb 26, The Soviet Union's hockey team clinched the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.
1989 Feb 26, The musical "Jerome
Robbins' Broadway" opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 634 performances.
1989 Feb 26, US Defense Secretary-designate John Tower, dogged by questions about a possible drinking problem, publicly pledged not to
drink any alcohol during his term of office if confirmed by the Senate.
1989 Feb 26, President Bush's visit to China was marred by the refusal of Chinese authorities to allow dissident Fang Lizhi to attend a banquet hosted by
1990 Feb 26, USSR agreed to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czechoslovakia by July, 1991.
1991 Feb 26, Allied troops took control of Kuwait after a 100-hour ground war. It was later reported that high concentrations of US armor-piercing depleted uranium shells were detonated in Iraq and Kuwait.
(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A4)
1991 Feb 26, Kuwaiti resistance leaders declared themselves in control of their capital, following nearly seven months of Iraqi occupation.
1991 Feb 26, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that he had ordered his forces to withdraw from Kuwait.
1991 Feb 26,
In Iraq an American armored unit of 9 tanks and 12 Bradley fighting vehicles destroyed 28 Iraqi tanks, 16 armored vehicles, and 39 trucks without a single loss in the Battle of 73 Easting.
(Econ, 3/3/12, TQp.10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_73_Easting)
1992 Feb 26, "Search and Destroy" opened at the Circle in the Square Theater in NYC for 46 performances.
1992 Feb 26, The
US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that sexually harassed students may sue to collect monetary damages from their schools and school officials.
1992 Feb 26, According to Azerbaijani authorities 613 Azerbaijanis were killed when
Armenian troops rushed into the village of Khodzhaly.
1992 Feb 26, The Supreme Court of Ireland cleared the way for a 14-year-old girl to leave the country for an abortion.
1993 Feb 26, The parking garage of the 107-story World Trade Center was bombed in NYC by terrorists. The bombing killed 6 and injured over 1000 people. 4 Islamic extremists were convicted and each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
Militant Muslims Ramzi Yousef and Eyad Ismoil fled the country. Yousef was captured in Pakistan in 1995 and Ismoil was picked up in Jordan. The two were convicted in 1997 of conspiracy. In 1998 Yousef was sentenced to life plus 240 years in prison after declaring: "I am a terrorist and I am proud of it." Ismoil was sentenced to 240 years in prison. In 2000 Laurie Mylroie authored "Study of
Revenge," an investigation of the bombing.
(WSJ, 10/24/96, p.A16)(SFC, 1/9/98, p.A2)(AP, 2/26/98)(SFC, 4/4/98, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/24/01, p.A20)
1993 Feb 26, In Egypt a bomb in a coffee shop killed 3 people and injured 18 In
1994 Feb 26, A jury in San Antonio acquitted 11 followers of David Koresh of murder, rejecting claims they had ambushed federal agents; five were convicted of manslaughter.
1994 Feb 26, Bill Hicks (32), writer and comedian, died in Little Rock, Ark.
1995 Feb 26, The United States and China averted a trade war by signing a comprehensive agreement.
1995 Feb 26, Barings PLC, Britain's oldest
investment banking firm, was forced into bankruptcy after an employee in Singapore, Nicholas William Leeson (28), speculated in derivatives on Tokyo stock prices that resulted in losses exceeding $1.4 billion.
(WSJ, 2/27/95, p.A-1)(AP, 2/26/00)
1996 Feb 26, President Clinton moved to step up economic sanctions on Cuba in response to Cuba’s downing of two unarmed airplanes belonging to the Cuban-American exile group Brothers to the Rescue.
1996 Feb 26, A car bomb in Albania killed 5 people and wounded 30 outside a supermarket in the center of Tirana. Two former senior officials of the disbanded Communist era secret police were arrested shortly after the blast.
1996 Feb 26, In Israel an Arab American drove a rental car into a Jerusalem bus stop and killed one Israeli while wounded 23. The driver appeared to be acting on his own but Hamas took responsibility.
1997 Feb 26, In the 39th Grammy Awards "Change the World" won four awards, including record of the year; Celine Dion's "Falling Into You" won album of the year and best pop album.
1997 Feb 26, President Clinton defended White House fund-raising tactics as "entirely appropriate," a day after the disclosure of documents putting Clinton at the center of all-out fund-raising efforts.
1997 Feb 26, US smokers were required proof of age over 18 to purchase cigarettes.
1997 Feb 26, Israel's
Netanyahu cabinet approved the construction of 6,500 homes for Israelis in Arab East Jerusalem.
(WSJ, 2/27/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/26/98)
1997 Feb 26, Thai soldiers pushed Karen refugees back across the border into Burma as Burmese troops massed for an
(WSJ, 2/27/97, p.A1)
1998 Feb 26, A jury in Amarillo, Texas, rejected an $11 million lawsuit brought by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey's talk show for a price fall after a segment
on food safety that included a discussion about mad-cow disease.
1998 Feb 26, The US waived the 2-year-old sanctions against Columbia. Military and economic aid were expected to follow.
(WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 26, The US certified Mexico as a fully cooperating partner in the war on drugs.
(SFC, 2/27/98, p.A18)
1998 Feb 26,
Azerbaijan accused Armenia of launching fresh attacks over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.
(WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 26, Three Israeli soldiers were killed in a Hezbollah attack in southern Lebanon.
(WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 26, Near Tokyo 3 businessmen hanged themselves in a suburban hotel due to economic difficulties and the resulting loss of face.
1999 Feb 26, President Clinton, outlining foreign policy goals for the final two years of his administration, urged continued American engagement in the quest for peace and freedom abroad.
1999 Feb 26, The Clinton administration issued a condemnation of China for its human rights policy.
(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 26, The UN Security
Council voted to close its peacekeeping mission in Angola due to the renewed civil war.
(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A16)
1999 Feb 26, In Landeck, Austria, the death toll from recent avalanches reached 37.
(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A16)
1999 Feb 26, In Japan int'l. donors at a 2 day conference pledged to provide $470 million in aid to Cambodia, if the country takes steps to reduce its army and promote democracy.
1999 Feb 26, Ethiopia claimed to have shot down a 2nd Eritrean MiG-29.
(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A14)
1999 Feb 26, In Iran elections were planned for cities, towns
and village councils. These were the first elections since the 1979 revolution.
(WSJ, 12/29/98, p.A1)
1999 Feb 26, Mexico was certified as a US partner in the drug war by Pres. Clinton.
(WSJ, 3/1/99, p.A1)
2000 Feb 26, Jose Imperatori, vice consul at the Cuban interests section in Washington, was expelled from the US after he refused to leave voluntarily under charges of spying.
(SFEC, 2/27/00, p.A15)
2000 Feb 26, In NYC thousands of people marched to protest the acquittal in Albany of 4 police officers for the 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo. Diallo’s parent filed a $61 million suit in April.
2/228/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/19/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 26, Pope John Paul II visited the 6th century St. Catherine's monastery in Egypt, built on the reputed site where Moses encountered the burning bush. He met with Greek Orthodox Archbishop Damianos and held a short prayer service in an olive garden outside the
(SFEC, 2/27/00, p.A20)
2000 Feb 26, Heavy rains continued to ravage South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 33 people were reported dead in the northern province of South Africa and 29 dead in
(SFEC, 2/27/00, p.A22)
2000 Feb 26, In the southern Philippines a series of bombings aboard Super Five Express Buses left 41 people dead and 45 injured. Muslim separatist rebels were
(SFEC, 2/27/00, p.A29)
2000 Feb 26, From the United Arab Emirates it was reported that hunters killed the last known Arabian mountain goat, known as tahr, to restore their sexual potency. The last known Arabian wold was also killed in the
mountains of Ras al-Khaimah by shepherds who feared for their flocks.
(SFC, 2/26/00, p.A8)
2001 Feb 26, The US State Dept. issued its annual report on the status of human rights and cited “unconfirmed
but credible” reports from China of continued use of torture by police to obtain coerced confessions. The report also faulted both Israel and the Palestinians for the current Middle East bloodshed.
(SFC, 2/27/01, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/27/01, p.A1)
26, The UN War Crimes tribunal in the Hague convicted Dario Kordic, a former Bosnian Croat leader, for crimes against humanity in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. Mario Cerkez (41), a brigade commander of Croatian troops in Bosnia, was also convicted. They had carried out an “ethnic cleansing” campaign in an area they wished to be joined to Croatia.
(SFC, 2/27/01, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/27/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/26/02)
2001 Feb 26, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar ordered the destruction of all statues including the Buddha statues carved into the stone cliffs of Bamiyan, Afghanistan. He called on the Ministry for the promotion of Virtue and the
Repression of Vice as well as the Ministry of Culture to destroy all pre-Islamic statues and sanctuaries.
(SFC, 2/27/01, p.A10)(WSJ, 12/20/01, p.A14)
2001 Feb 26, In Britain new cases of hoof-and-mouth disease brought to 12 the number of farms or
slaughterhouses infected. The slaughter of pigs, cows and sheep rose to some 7,000.
(SFC, 2/27/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 26, In Indonesia Dayak fighters declared victory and end to fighting.
(SFC, 2/27/01, p.A12)
2001 Feb 26, In Israel the labor party voted reluctantly to join the incoming government of Ariel Sharon.
(SFC, 2/27/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 26, Russia’s Pres. Putin arrived in Seoul for economic talks.
(SFC, 2/26/01, p.C14)
2001 Feb 26, In Yugoslavia the parliament passed an amnesty law to free several hundred Kosovo Albanians held in
Serbian prisons since the 1999 Kosovo war.
(SFC, 2/27/01, p.A12)
2002 Feb 26, It was reported that the US has begun providing the former Soviet Republic of Georgia with military aid to counter
terrorist threats in the Pankisi Gorge region. Some 100-200 US soldiers were included in the $64 million program to begin in mid-March.
(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/27/02, p.A4)(SFC, 3/2/02, p.A11)
2002 Feb 26, Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey
Skilling, at times combative, insisted during a Senate hearing that he knew nothing about manipulation of company books and denied misleading Congress as alleged by some lawmakers and Enron officials.
2002 Feb 26, Pharmacist Robert R.
Courtney pleaded guilty in Kansas City, Mo., to watering down chemotherapy drugs. Courtney was later sentenced to 30 years in prison.
2002 Feb 26, Lawrence Tierney, actor in some 80 films, died at age
(SFC, 3/1/02, p.A33)
2002 Feb 26, In Austria a train wreck in Wampersdorf left 7 people dead.
(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 26, In Colombia 7 people were killed in various attacks blamed on the FARC. A rebel bombing campaign against infrastructure continued.
(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 26, Congo peace talks were suspended a
day after the opening ceremony due to wrangling over which political parties would be allowed to participate.
(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A7)
2002 Feb 26, Gunmen killed 11 people and wounded 17 others in an attack on the Shiite Sha-e-Najaf mosque in
Rawalpindi. The Sunni group Army of the Prophet’s Companions was believed responsible.
(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A9)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A14)
2003 Feb 26, The National Book Critics Circle for general
nonfiction went to Samantha Power for "A Problem from Hell: American and the Age of Genocide."
(SFC, 2/27/03, A2)
2003 Feb 26, President Bush, offering new justification for war in Iraq, told a think tank that "ending this direct and growing threat"
from Saddam Hussein would pave the way for peace in the Middle East and encourage democracy throughout the Arab world.
2003 Feb 26, In a victory for abortion foes, the Supreme Court ruled that federal racketeering and extortion laws
had been wrongly used to try to stop blockades, harassment and violent protests outside clinics.
2003 Feb 26, NYC chose an airy spire, designed by Daniel Libeskind, for the site of the former World Trade Center destroyed on
9/11/2001. The spire would be taller than any other building in the world at a height of 1,776 feet.
2003 Feb 26, In Washington DC war protesters tied up phones, fax machines and computers as part of a "virtual
(SFC, 2/27/03, A14)
2003 Feb 26, In Hartford, Conn., a nursing home fire at the Greenwood Health Center killed 16 residents. A patient charged with setting the blaze was later ruled incompetent to stand
(SFC, 2/27/03, A5)(AP, 2/26/08)
2003 Feb 26, In Algeria it was reported that more than 7,000 people were believed missing at the hands of security forces during the 1990s.
2003 Feb 26, A Colombian army Black Hawk helicopter carrying 23 crewmembers and elite troops crashed in the northern mountains. All aboard were feared dead.
2003 Feb 26, Striking Dominica public workers agreed to end a 6-day strike that slowed air transportation and mail service, after the government agreed to review its proposal to cut the work force.
2003 Feb 26, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin warned that waging war against Iraq now, would split the international community and "be perceived as precipitous and illegitimate."
2003 Feb 26, In Guatemala striking teachers seized a pumping station on the nation's only oil pipeline to press their demands for a hefty wage increase and better schools. About 60,000 of the country's 80,000 teachers are striking to demand a near-doubling of salaries that now range from about $190 to
$390 per month. They also seek improved school buildings, more books and better school lunches.
2003 Feb 26, In India a gun battle, kidnappings, ballot theft and destruction of voting machines marked polling in two of the four
Indian states where new legislatures were elected.
2003 Feb 26, Israel's PM Ariel Sharon established a coalition government dominated by fierce opponents of Palestinian statehood.
2003 Feb 26, South Korea's parliament approved Goh Kun, a former mayor of Seoul, to become PM in the newly installed government of Pres. Roh Moo-hyun.
2004 Feb 26, President Bush tightened U.S. travel restrictions against Cuba.
2004 Feb 26,
Rosie O'Donnell, TV comedian, married Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco.
(SFC, 2/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 26, The US lifted a long-standing ban on travel to Libya after Moammar Gadhafi's government affirmed that it was responsible for the bombing of Pan
Am flight 103 in 1988.
2004 Feb 26, Two church-sanctioned studies documenting sex abuse by U.S. Roman Catholic clergy said that about 4 percent of clerics had been accused of molesting minors since 1950 and blamed bishops' "moral
laxity" in disciplining offenders for letting the problem worsen.
2004 Feb 26, It was reported that scientists had identified a protein, TRIM5-alpha, that shields rhesus monkeys from the AIDS
(WSJ, 2/26/04, p.D4)
2004 Feb 26, A mail bombing injured Don Logan, the diversity director in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2009 Illinois twins Dennis and Daniel Mahon (58) were indicted for the bombing. They had allegedly intended to promote
racial discord on behalf of the White Aryan Resistance. On Feb 24, 2012, Dennis Mahon was found guilty. Daniel Mahon was exonerated.
(SFC, 6/26/09, p.A5)(www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529121,00.html)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A5)
2004 Feb 26, The freighter Med
Taipei lost 15 steel containers in rough seas off of Monterey, Ca. Scientists discovered one container 3 months later 4,200 feet down in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In 2006 3 int’l. shipping companies paid $3.25 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for damaging the sanctuary’s ecology.
2004 Feb 26, It was reported that dentists were departing Britain's publicly funded National Health Service in large numbers, leaving a growing number of Britons without access to affordable care.
2004 Feb 26, In Canada about 400 police officers cracked down on the Hells Angels and their affiliates in the Montreal area, targeting more than 60 people authorities believe were involved in gangsterism and drug-trafficking.
2004 Feb 26, Mikhail Saakashvili, the new president of Georgia, said he is ready to negotiate full autonomy for the separatist Abkhazia region to end the decade-long conflict.
2004 Feb 26, Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians during violent protests against Israel's West Bank barrier. Two Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli soldier at a Gaza Strip crossing before being gunned down by troops.
2004 Feb 26, Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, a moderate leader who helped unite his ethnically divided country, was killed when his plane crashed in bad weather in mountainous southern Bosnia.
2004 Feb 26, President Vladimir Putin opened a stretch of highway in Russia's Far East that will make it possible for the first time to drive by road to Asia. The 6,214-mile Moscow to Vladivostok trek will open a window to the East and the ever-expanding Chinese
2004 Feb 26, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said that three Russian intelligence agents had been arrested in Qatar on suspicion of involvement in the killing of former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev. Ivanov said
they were innocent and demanded their release.
2004 Feb 26, In Siberia at least 15 people were killed and 17 more injured in a cafe explosion, which apparently was caused by a natural gas
2005 Feb 26, Addressing the nation's governors, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates delivered a scathing critique of U.S. high schools, calling them obsolete and saying that elected
officials should be ashamed of a system that leaves millions of students unprepared for college and for technical jobs.
2005 Feb 26, Walter Anderson (51), telecommunications entrepreneur, was arrested and charged with evading $200
million in federal and local taxes.
(SFC, 3/1/05, p.A3)
2005 Feb 26, The prosecution and defense both rested their cases in the Robert Blake murder trial in Los Angeles.
2005 Feb 26, Henry A. Grunwald (82), former Time magazine editor and US ambassador to Austria, died in New York.
2005 Feb 26, Jef Raskin
(61), computer pioneer, died in Pacifica, Ca. he led the shift to a graphical interface with Apple’s Macintosh.
(WSJ, 3/1/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 26, In Brazil Cleone Santos and Magnaldo Santos, known as Negao, were taken into custody, for aiding 2
gunmen who shot 73-year-old Dorothy Stang on Feb. 12.
2005 Feb 26, Fespaco, the biennial pan-African festival of cinema and television, opened in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
(Econ, 2/19/05, p.82)
2005 Feb 26, China state television said China will gradually open its capital account in 2005, another step in its plan to make the yuan currency fully convertible.
2005 Feb 26, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered a revision of the country's election laws and said multiple candidates could run in the nation's presidential elections.
2005 Feb 26, In Haiti a Brazilian peacekeeper was wounded and the charred body of a man apparently burned alive with a tire around his neck lay in the deserted street of a slum where shots rang out and people peered fearfully from barred windows.
2005 Feb 26, Iraqi security forces captured a son of one of Saddam Hussein's half brothers, who allegedly financed the insurgency, in a raid on suspected militants near Tikrit. Ayman Sabawi is the son of Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, a half brother of Saddam's, who served as a presidential adviser before the
2005 Feb 26, In Baghdad a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle alongside an M1 Abrams tank and killed himself and two Iraqis. A US soldier died during a sweep for insurgents west of Baghdad. A car bomb in the Mussayyib
district south of Baghdad killed an Iraqi soldier.
(AP, 2/26/05)(SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A10)
2005 Feb 26, Japan put a weather satellite into space for the first time since a humiliating failure 15 months ago in hopes of entering the launch
(SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A3)
2005 Feb 26, Malaysia's PM Badawi told Proton to set its sights abroad as he launched the national carmaker's 1.8 billion ringgit (474 million dollar) new manufacturing
2005 Feb 26, Nepal's rebel chief said he was lifting a crippling countrywide blockade of roads by his fighters to ease the discomfort of common people.
2005 Feb 26, Palestinian and Israeli security forces arrested 7 suspected militants in connection with a suicide bombing that killed four Israelis at a Tel Aviv nightclub. The bomber was identified as Abdullah Badran (21), a student from the West Bank village of Deir
(AP, 2/26/05)(SSFC, 2/27/05, p.A7)
2005 Feb 26, In Taiwan a fire raged through the top floors of a highrise building in the central city of Taichung, killing at least two people.
2005 Feb 26, Thailand police reported 4 more people killed in surging violence in the Muslim south. PM Shinawatra defended his hard-line policies and accused his critics of sympathizing with separatists.
2005 Feb 26, Togo’s Congress named deputy speaker Bonfoh Abbass as interim president until nationwide elections can be held in the coming months.
Feb 26, The Ukraine cabinet stripped former president Leonid Kuchma of a plush and widely criticized retirement package that featured a monthly pension, two cars, a government home and much more.
2006 Feb 26, The Bush administration said it has accepted a proposal from Dubai Ports World for a 45-day review of national security implications of its plans to take control of operations at 6 US ports.
(SFC, 2/27/06, p.A3)
Feb 26, Sixty former Taliban, including 5 high-ranking figures, surrendered as part of a government amnesty scheme and vowed to lay down arms and work to rebuild Afghanistan.
2006 Feb 26, In Australia Joseph
Terrence Thomas (32), a former taxi driver known as "Jihad Jack" and alleged by prosecutors to be an agent for Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, was convicted of receiving funds from the group but acquitted on more serious terrorism charges.
Feb 26, British police searching for thieves who got away with around $87 million from a security company said they found weapons and $2.3 million in a van they believe the gang used.
2006 Feb 26, Hans Singer (95),
British development theorist, died. He helped set up the UN Development Program. His work with Raul Prebisch of Argentina led to the Prebisch-Singer thesis which said that the benefits of trade were distributed unequally between countries that imported agricultural commodities and those that exported them, to the disadvantage of the exporters.
(Econ, 3/11/06, p.79)
2006 Feb 26, In Canada, 19 Catholic priests singed an open letter in Montreal’s La Presse newspaper denouncing Vatican opposition to gay marriage and having homosexuals into the priesthood.
2006 Feb 26, Egypt's antiquities chief said archaeologists had discovered a pharaonic sun temple with large statues believed to be of King Ramses II (1270-1213BC) under an outdoor marketplace in Cairo.
2006 Feb 26, In Guyana gunmen on a rampage left 8 people dead and a dozen bystanders wounded on the outskirts of Georgetown. About 15 gunmen armed with rifles tried to rob a gas station when security guards responded. They escaped with about $40.
2006 Feb 26, Iran's nuclear chief said an agreement was reached with Moscow to set up a joint uranium enrichment facility on Russian soil, a deal that could assuage global concerns that Tehran wants to build atomic bombs.
2006 Feb 26, In Iraq bomb blasts and gunfire killed over 2 dozen people, including 3 US soldiers. A ban on driving in Baghdad and its suburbs kept daytime attacks down. Mortal shells at night hit the Shiite quarter killing 16 people with 53
(AP, 2/26/06)(SFC, 2/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 26, On the final day of the Turin Winter Olympics, Sweden beat Finland 3-2 to win the men's hockey gold. Germany led the gold medal count with 29. The US won 25 medals including 9 gold, Canada won
24, Austria 23 and Russia 22. Drew Lachey leaped to victory with professional partner Cheryl Burke on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Shizuka Arakawa won a gold medal for Japan in figure skating.
(SFC, 2/27/06, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/26/07)
Feb 26, In Pakistan about 25,000 people, some chanting "Death to America," rallied against the Prophet Muhammad caricatures in Karachi, but police prevented a rally in the eastern city of Lahore by arresting the religious ringleader and detaining scores of supporters. Assailants fired rockets at the home of a provincial Cabinet in Pakistan's restive southwestern Baluchistan
province, killing a guest and wounding eight other people.
2006 Feb 26, In the Philippines a challenge to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's state of emergency ended peacefully after disgruntled marine officers ended a five-hour
standoff that started when their commander was relieved of duties.
2006 Feb 26, More than 1,000 demonstrators chanting anti-FBI slogans and carrying Puerto Rican flags marched through the capital of this U.S. island
2006 Feb 26, The Saudi Interior Ministry identified two Feb 24 attackers as Abdullah Abdul-Aziz al-Tweijri and Mohammed Saleh al-Gheith. Both were on a list of the 15 most-wanted terrorists the kingdom issued in
2006 Feb 26, In Thailand some 50 thousand people gathered in Bangkok for a new mass rally to demand the ousting of PM Thaksin Shinawatra as opposition parties said they were considering boycotting a snap election which he has
called in response.
2006 Feb 26, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said three al-Qaida convicts among the two dozen who escaped earlier this month have turned themselves in.
2007 Feb 26, A independent US Postal Regulatory Commission recommended a new “forever” stamp good for first class letters no matter how much rates go up. The panel also recommended a 2-cent increase in first-class rates to 41
(SFC, 2/27/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 26, Former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned that the American economy might slip into recession by year's end.
2007 Feb 26, A US Treasury Department delegation was in Macau discussing with local officials how to resolve sanctions on a bank that allegedly was involved in North Korean money laundering and counterfeiting.
2007 Feb 26, Five Western US states (Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington) announced an agreement to create a regional effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
2007 Feb 26, The SEC sued Blue Bottle, a Hong Kong firm, alleging they hacked into computer systems to get corporate news releases early and traded on that information, making a profit of $2.7 million.
2007 Feb 26, Texas' largest electricity producer, said it has agreed to be sold to a group of private-equity firms for about $32 billion in what would be the largest private buyout in US corporate history if shareholders go along.
2007 Feb 26, A storm that pounded the US Midwest brought snow and sleet across the Northeast, closing schools, turning highways sloppy and slowing air travelers. JetBlue canceled 68 flights because of snow.
2007 Feb 26, The World Vision humanitarian group said that more than 50% of children in refugee camps around Africa's volatile Great Lakes area have experienced some form of sexual abuse. The data, collected in camps in the Burundi, Congo (DRC), Tanzania, northern Uganda and Rwanda, said widespread
poverty made children vulnerable to abuses.
2007 Feb 26, In Bangladesh a fire swept through a building that housed two private TV stations and a newspaper in Dhaka, killing at least three people and injuring
2007 Feb 26, In Bolivia police said the body of Simon Matthew Boily (23), a Canadian cyclist, has been found in a mountain ravine more than a month after he set out on the "Highway of Death" from the La Paz on Jan
2007 Feb 26, In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the concrete awning of a hotel in the Copacabana beach district collapsed, killing two people and injuring six.
2007 Feb 26, Coordinated international efforts led to the capture in Brazil of Manuel Juan Cordero (67) a retired Uruguayan colonel wanted in "dirty war" probes in both Argentina and Uruguay. He was detained in Santana do Livramento, a town near the Uruguayan border where he was
2007 Feb 26, In London Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric and suspected key Al-Qaeda figure, lost an appeal against deportation from Britain to Jordan.
2007 Feb 26, China’s state media said falling water levels in the Yangtze River have left 1 million people short of drinking water.
26, In Costa Rica tens of thousands of union members, farmers and political activists marched through San Jose to protest a free-trade pact with the US they say will be harmful to local businesses.
2007 Feb 26, Indonesian engineers
dropped several large concrete balls into Lusi, a volcano, to try to stem a gushing mud eruption that has engulfed hundreds of homes and displaced 11,000 people. Over the next few weeks, authorities plan to drop nearly 1,500 balls, each weighing up to 88 pounds, into the crater that started spewing mud at a gas drilling field on Java island nine months
(AP, 2/26/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.79)
2007 Feb 26, The Iraqi Cabinet approved a draft law to manage the country's vast oil industry and distribute its wealth among the population, a major breakthrough in US efforts to press the country's Shiite,
Sunni and Kurdish groups to reach agreements to achieve stability. Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Iraq's Shiite vice president, escaped an apparent assassination attempt after a bomb exploded in municipal offices where he was making a speech, knocking him down with the force of the blast that left at least 10 people dead. A statement from the US military said that 63 weapons caches have been discovered during
major US-Iraqi security sweeps around Baghdad that began Feb. 14. The arsenals included anti-aircraft weapons, armor-piercing bullets, bomb components and mortar rounds.
2007 Feb 26, Israeli troops sealed off the center of Nablus' old
city with cement blocks and trash containers, and searched apartments for seven Palestinian fugitives whose names the army broadcast over local TV and radio stations.
2007 Feb 26, Officials said that after nearly a decade of trying,
Japan has succeeded in establishing a network of spy satellites that can peer at any point on the globe.
2007 Feb 26, Audrius Bruzga (b.1966) became ambassador of Lithuania to the United
2007 Feb 26, Malawi's vice president pleaded innocent to charges of treason and conspiring to murder the president at the start of his trial.
2007 Feb 26, Malaysia's securities watchdog said it has frozen two local bank accounts, shut down two Web sites and questioned several people suspected to be involved in a global Internet investment scam. In March 3 men were indicted by the US for securities fraud. The indictment
named Jaisankar Marimuthu (32) of India, Thirugnanam Ramanathan (34), an Indian residing in Malaysia, and Chockalingam Ramanathan (33) of Chennai, India. The 1st two were arrested in Hong Kong, while the 3rd remained at large.
(AP, 2/26/07)(WSJ, 3/13/07, p.B5)
Feb 26, Four Mexican soldiers were arrested and accused of raping and murdering a 73-year-old woman a day earlier in a case that outraged Indian groups in Soledad Atzompa in Veracruz state. In May a special prosecutor found no evidence that soldiers beat and raped Ernestina Ascensio Rosario. An autopsy on Ascensio's body showed that she died of acute anemia from internal
bleeding in her digestive tract.
(AP, 3/1/07)(AP, 5/1/07)
2007 Feb 26, Nepal’s Cabinet appointed Gopal Man Shrestha to head the three-member committee, which will have a month to investigate, locate, seize and nationalize King Gyanendra's
2007 Feb 26, Pakistani security forces in Quetta reportedly captured Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, the former Taliban defense minister. US VP Cheney, accompanied by CIA deputy director Steve Kappes, made an unannounced stop in
Pakistan en route to Afghanistan. Cheney held detailed talks with Pres. Musharraf, including a one-on-one lunch.
2007 Feb 26, In Poland a new book, "Priests In The Face Of The Security Services" by Rev.
Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski, dredged up more painful allegations from Poland's Communist era, naming some 30 Roman Catholic priests, including several bishops, as registered informants with the secret police.
2007 Feb 26, Three Frenchmen
who lived in Saudi Arabia were killed by gunmen on the side of a desert road leading to the holy city of Medina in an area restricted to Muslims only. Soon after a 4th died from his wounds. An investigation later revealed that Waleed bin Mutlaq al-Radadi, among the kingdom's most wanted terrorists, was the mastermind and one of the triggermen in the shooting. Al-Radadi was killed on April 6 in a
gunbattle with Saudi forces.
(AP, 2/26/07)(AP, 4/18/07)
2007 Feb 26, Sudan rejected the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court in pressing charges over the conflict in Darfur, still ravaged by war and famine four years after the violence
2007 Feb 26, The United Nations' highest court exonerated Serbia of direct responsibility for the mass slaughter of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica during the 1992-95 Bosnia war, but ruled that it failed to prevent
2007 Feb 26, President Hugo Chavez ordered by decree the takeover of oil projects run by foreign oil companies in Venezuela's Orinoco River region.
2008 Feb 26, Buddy Miles (60), former drummer with Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and other popular rock musicians, died in Texas. Over his career he appeared in over 70 albums.
2008 Feb 26, Porter Thompson, former president of SF-based Bechtel Inc. (1975-1983), died.
(SSFC, 3/30/08, p.B6)
2008 Feb 26, In Afghanistan a rocket attack on
an Afghan National Army patrol killed two soldiers and wounded six others in southern Kandahar province. A roadside bomb killed two Polish soldiers patrolling in eastern Afghanistan.
2008 Feb 26, In Algeria the "emir" Hamza (alias Abdi
Abdi), a suspected leader of al-Qaida's local affiliate, was killed during the sweep in the town of Legatha.
2008 Feb 26, In Brazil a helicopter had just left an oil rig with 17 oil workers and three crew members on board when it went
down some 75 miles off the coast. 15 people aboard were rescued mostly unharmed. Rescuers located two bodies inside the sunken wreck, bringing the death toll to three. Two others remain missing.
2008 Feb 26, Brunei’s Prince Jefri
effectively lost control of the 55-story New York Palace Hotel, formerly known as the Helmsley Palace. A firm owned by prince Jefri paid $202 million for the hotel in 1993 using funds from the Brunei Investment Agency (BAI).
(WSJ, 3/1/08, p.A6)
Feb 26, Mohammed Hamid (50), a man who dubbed himself "Osama bin London" was found guilty by a British court of organizing extremist training camps and soliciting murder.
2008 Feb 26, In Cameroon the death toll after a 2nd day of
strike-related violence reached 8. A taxi drivers' strike over rising fuel costs triggered widespread rioting exacerbated by anger over the cost of food, high unemployment and plans by President Paul Biya (75) to change the constitution to extend his 25-year rule for a third term of 7 years. Government ministers said around 25 to 40 people were killed, although a human rights group put the toll
at over 100.
(AP, 2/27/08)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.49)(Reuters, 3/31/08)
2008 Feb 26, Canada confirmed a new case of mad cow disease, the 12th since 2003, and said the animal in question was a six-year-old dairy cow from Alberta that had most probably eaten
2008 Feb 26, The mayor of Koui, a town in northwest Central African Republic (CAR), was abducted along with four other people. 3 captives including the mayor were later killed. 2 captives were released by
2008 Feb 26, Hungary’s central bank adopted a new currency regime allowing its currency to float rather than trade in a band against the euro, which began in 2001. Adoption of the euro was predicted to take place in 2014 at
(WSJ, 2/26/08, p.A5)
2008 Feb 26, The Iraqi government demanded for the first time that Turkey immediately withdraw from northern Iraq, warning it feared the ongoing incursion could lead to clashes with the official forces of the
semiautonomous Kurdish region.
2008 Feb 26, A suicide bomber attacked a bus outside the city of Mosul. The Iraqi army said 9 were killed and 9 injured. The US military put the toll at 8 dead and 8 injured. Gunmen in civilian clothes
stopped two buses at a fake checkpoint on a highway in volatile Diyala province and kidnapped 21 men. They later released three women. 15 gunmen broke into a house in the village of Tuz Khormato, killing an Iraqi soldier and wounding his brother. In Hawija two members of the local awakening council, Sunni fighters who have turned against al-Qaida, were killed after gunmen opened fire on a
2008 Feb 26, Israel's highest court upheld a much-criticized plea bargain that allowed former President Moshe Katsav to avoid rape charges and a possible prison term. Israeli troops seized the facilities of a
Hamas-affiliated charity in the West Bank city of Hebron, saying it funneled money to the Islamic group's militant activities and recruited members to its ranks.
2008 Feb 26, Mediator Kofi Annan suspended the talks to end Kenya's
deadly postelection crisis after weeks of negotiations brought little progress.
2008 Feb 26, A Nigerian election tribunal upheld the president's declared victory in last year's disputed
2008 Feb 26, Mexican lawmakers approved judicial reform that would introduce public, oral trials and guarantee the presumption of innocence, even as lawmakers deleted a proposal to allow police to search homes without a
warrant. Mexico's Senate approved a law that would ban smoking in workplaces, public buildings and public transportation across the country, allowing it in private businesses only if special, ventilated smoking areas are set up. Investigators found parts from at least 8 bodies in a series of backyard pits at a house in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. In March the body count
increased to 36.
(AP, 2/27/08)(AP, 2/26/08)(AP, 3/3/08)(AP, 3/16/08)
2008 Feb 26, An audience of North Korea's communist elite gave America's oldest orchestra a standing ovation after a rousing set that took in Dvorak, Gershwin and a Korean folk
song. Some Philharmonic members were so overcome they left the stage in tears.
2008 Feb 26, A "doomsday" seed vault, built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters, opened deep within an
Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.
(AP, 2/26/08)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.71)
2008 Feb 26, The deadly conflict in Darfur entered its sixth year with no solution in sight, as Khartoum continued to resist the full deployment of a
peacekeeping force amid a fresh wave of bombings.
2008 Feb 26, The WHO said drug-resistant TB had reached its highest levels ever at 5% of all new TB cases worldwide. In parts of the former Soviet Union and China it reached 15-22% of
(SFC, 2/27/08, p.A2)
2009 Feb 26, President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.6 trillion budget and promised to slash federal spending by $2 trillion, even as the administration initially
invests large sums of money to revive the faltering economy. The budget included $630 billion to start pushing toward a national health insurance program. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Obama administration is reversing an 18-year ban on news coverage of the return of war dead, allowing photographs of flag-covered caskets when families of the fallen troops
(AP, 2/26/09)(WSJ, 2/27/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 26, Virgin Megastore, a music and video retailer, announced the closures of its San Francisco and New York stores. This would leave the company with 3 stores (Hollywood, Denver, and Orlando) from a
peak of 23 stores in 2002. The San Francisco, which opened in 1995, planned to shut down in late April.
(SFC, 2/27/09, p.A8)
2009 Feb 26, General Motors reported a $9.6 billion 4th quarter loss bringing its loss for the year 2008 to $30.9 billion.
This was its 2nd worst financial performance in its 100 year history.
(WSJ, 2/27/09, p.B1)
2009 Feb 26, The Australian government announced a multi-million dollar investment in research on reducing gas emissions from farm animals as part of the
fight against global warming.
2009 Feb 26, In Bangladesh mutinous members of a paramilitary unit in Dhaka surrendered their weapons as tanks surrounded their headquarters after a second day of gunfire in a mutiny that killed about 50
people. Security forces searching the headquarters of a mutinous border guard unit soon discovered the bodies of dozens of officers in shallow graves on the compound, raising the death toll to 76. The trial of some 3,500 paramilitary troops began in November. At least 48 had already died while in custody. In April, 2010, 136 guards were given sentences ranging from four months to seven years for
their 2-day uprising.
(Reuters, 2/26/09)(AP, 2/27/09)(AP, 2/28/09)(Econ, 11/28/09, p.44)(AP, 4/18/10)
2009 Feb 26, British prosecutors said they would not bring charges against Gary McKinnon, a computer expert accused by a US attorney of the
"biggest military hack of all time," dealing a blow to his bid to avoid extradition.
2009 Feb 26, Former EastEnders star Wendy Richard (65), who was diagnosed with cancer in January, died in London. She best known for her role as
Pauline Fowler in the London-based soap whom she played for more than two decades.
2009 Feb 26, In Canada PM Harper announced a new law to crack down on a wave of gang-related murders in Vancouver, which was preparing to host the 2010
Winter Olympic Games.
(SFC, 2/27/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 26, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said he's no longer allowing wiretapping by the scandal-ridden domestic intelligence agency. The announcement followed allegations that the spy agency, or DAS,
has continued illegal wiretapping of prominent journalists, Supreme Court justices and opposition politicians. By the end of April 33 people were dismissed from Colombia’s Dept. of Administrative Security in the wiretapping scandal.
(AP, 2/26/09)(SFC, 4/29/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 26, In Iraq an American soldier died while conducting a combat patrol in Baghdad.
2009 Feb 26, Kazakhstan announced it was pulling out of the Central Asian power grid to protect its energy
supplies, a move that forced rolling blackouts and electricity rationing on Kyrgyzstan, its tiny, power-starved neighbor.
2009 Feb 26, At The Hague UN judges in the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal acquitted former Serb President
Milan Milutinovic of ordering a deadly campaign of terror by Serb forces against Kosovo Albanians in 1999. The court convicted five other senior Serbs and gave them prison sentences of between 15 and 22 years. The marathon trial started July 10, 2006.
2009 Feb 26, In Nigeria a source close to negotiations said US drug giant Pfizer has agreed to settle a multi-billion dollar damages case with 200 alleged victims of a drugs trial in Kano. Pfizer and families of the victims of the drug trial reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement in principle and agreed to meet in Rome in March to put the deal in
2009 Feb 26, The Nigerian military raided and destroyed a militant camp in the volatile Niger Delta as part of its drive to end unrest in the oil-producing region.
2009 Feb 26, In Pakistan thousands of supporters of former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif protested, a day after a court ruling to exclude him and his brother from elected office raised fears of renewed political turmoil.
2009 Feb 26, The Royal Bank of Scotland posted a 2008 loss of 24.1 billion pounds, the largest in British corporate history, because of the credit crunch and the mis-timed takeover of ABN Amro. The British government has meanwhile agreed to insure RBS "toxic" assets worth 325
billion pounds in its Asset Protection Scheme (APS) and will cover 90 percent of losses stemming from such holdings. Sir Fred Goodwin (50), head of RBS for a decade, insisted that he is entitled to his full pension of over £700,000 ($980,000) a year. In March Goodwin received a $4 million tax-free advance as part of his negotiated pension package.
(AFP, 2/26/09)(Econ, 3/7/09, p.22)(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 26, Sudan’s President Omar al-Beshir, who faces a possible arrest warrant for alleged war crimes in Darfur, said he wanted to hold "free" elections soon to guarantee stability.
2009 Feb 26, Venezuela condemned a US State Department report on human rights problems in the South American country, saying Washington has no right to pass judgment on its record.
2010 Feb 26, An unceasing winter storm unleashed multiple dangers across the Northeast, blasting the coast with hurricane-force winds that fanned a New Hampshire hotel fire, flooding parts of Maine, dropping 2 feet of snow on parts of New York, and cutting
power to more than a million homes and businesses.
2010 Feb 26, New York Gov. David Paterson abandoned his campaign for a full term as state governor.
2010 Feb 26, In Washington state Jed Waits (30) shot and killed Jennifer Paulson (30), a special education teacher as she walked into her Tacoma elementary school classroom. Waits, who was apparently infatuated with Paulson, was killed in a shootout with a
(SFC, 2/27/10, p.A5)
2010 Feb 26, In Afghanistan insurgents struck in the heart of the Kabul with suicide attackers and a car bomb, targeting hotels used by foreigners and killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens. Pres. Karzai said
were aimed at Indians working in Kabul. The dead included 6 Indians, an Italian diplomat, a French filmmaker and 3 police officers.
(AP, 2/26/10)(SFC, 2/27/10, p.A3)
2010 Feb 26, Australia warned Japan that "diplomacy comes to an end this year" on
whaling, after presenting a bold plan to phase out the controversial hunts in the Southern Ocean.
2010 Feb 26, In Belize a single-engine aircraft crashed. Michael and Jill Casey of Albany, NY, and their two young children died in the
accident on the island of San Pedro along with former senator and bottling magnate Sir Barry Bowen as the group headed to a fundraising event hosted by Bowen. The Caseys taught at a school in northwestern Belize owned by Bowen.
Feb 26, London-listed Petra Diamonds sold a 507-carat diamond for $35.3 million, breaking a record as the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond.
2010 Feb 26, Canada won the Olympic men's short track 5,000 meters relay with
Charles Hamelin picking up his second gold of the day.
2010 Feb 26, In Colombia a Constitutional Court ruling blocked a referendum on whether Alvaro Uribe should be allowed to seek a third consecutive term. The high court ruled,
in a 7-2 decision that is not subject to appeal, that a law passed by Congress to set up the referendum was unconstitutional.
2010 Feb 26, The Danish daily Politiken newspaper apologized for offending Muslims by reprinting a cartoon of
the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb-shaped turban, rekindling heated debate about the limits of freedom of speech.
2010 Feb 26, In Egypt a Costa Europa luxury cruise liner carrying nearly 1,500 passengers slammed into the pier as it
docked Friday at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik in fierce winds, leaving three crew members dead. Bad weather wreaked havoc across Egypt, pelting the capital with a freak hail storm.
(AP, 2/26/10)(AFP, 2/26/10)
2010 Feb 26, In France a strike
by air traffic controllers disrupted flight for a 4th day and some Air France pilots walked off the job to protest cost cutting measures.
(SFC, 2/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 26, German lawmakers voted 429-111 with 46 abstentions to increase the maximum
number of German troops allowed to serve in Afghanistan to 5,350 from 4,500.
2010 Feb 26, The Jundallah insurgency, which says it's fighting for equal rights for the Sunni minority in southeast Iran, named al-Hajj Mohammed Dhahir
Baluch as its new leader. The statement described the capture of former leader Abdulmalik Rigi's by Iranian forces on Feb 23, but said all the tribes of Baluchistan had pledged allegiance to the new leader.
2010 Feb 26, Iraq reinstated
20,000 former army officers dismissed after the 2003 US-led invasion for serving under the former dictator, a landmark gesture at reconciliation ahead of the March 7 elections.
2010 Feb 26, In Italy telecoms billionaire Silvio Scaglia
spent the night in police custody after flying in by private jet from the Caribbean to face charges in a money-laundering probe. Scaglia, the founder of Italy's second biggest telecoms company, Fastweb, was among 56 people for whom arrest warrants were issued in a case where prosecutors allege more than 2 billion euros (1.8 billion pound) was laundered via fake international phone service
purchases and sales from 2003-2006.
2010 Feb 26, In Liberia religious clashes in the northern county of Lofa killed four people. The violence erupted in the town of Vionjama after the body of a child "with body parts extracted"
was found near a mosque. Witnesses said rioters had burned down the Catholic, Baptist and Episcopal churches in the area.
2010 Feb 26, Mozambique state media said 2 young men accused of having sex with a goat in central Mozambique
are facing criminal charges, and the goat's owner is demanding they make traditional wedding arrangements.
2010 Feb 26, Health officials in Puerto Rico declared an epidemic of dengue fever. Health Secretary Lorenzo Gonzalez says 210
cases have been confirmed for January, more than triple the number in the same month of 2007.
2010 Feb 26, Sierra Leone and five other west African countries (Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Guinea) signed onto an action
plan in Freetown for sustainable mangrove management.
2010 Feb 26, Somali pirates hijacked the Sakoba, a Kenyan-flagged fishing vessel. It was reported freed on July 20, 2010.
2010 Feb 26, In Sudan rebels and UN officials said heavy fighting between government forces and a rebel group in central Darfur led a French-aid group to suspend its activities. A government offensive on the rebel Sudan Liberation Army's (SLA) stronghold in Jebel Marrah began two
weeks ago, but fighting intensified in the last few days, with confirmed reports of aerial bombardments in Deribat, a town of 50,000, and two other surrounding areas.
2010 Feb 26, Thailand's highest court ruled to seize 46 billion baht
($1.4 billion) from ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra's $2.29 billion in frozen assets, saying he had abused his political power for personal gain.
2010 Feb 26, Turkey's PM Erdogan vowed to put everyone who conspired against the country's
democracy on trial, as the number of military officers charged and jailed for allegedly plotting a 2003 coup against his Islamic-based government rose to 31.
2010 Feb 26, In Zimbabwe a cabinet minister said Zimbabwe stands by a new law
requiring major foreign firms to sell 51 percent stakes to locals, but will allow companies to choose their own partners. The law takes effect on March 1, giving 45 days for companies valued at more than 500,000 US dollars to sell 51 percent stakes to locals. The Indigenization and Empowerment Bill was passed by parliament in 2007 and signed by President Robert Mugabe in 2008, before the creation
of a unity government with long-time rival, PM Morgan Tsvangirai.
2011 Feb 26, In Wisconsin a crowd estimated at more than 70,000 people waved American flags, sang the national anthem and
called for the defeat of a state plan to curb public sector unions that has galvanized opposition from the American labor movement.
2011 Feb 26, In Kingston, NY, a privately owned, vintage military jet crashed into the Hudson
River. Divers the next day recovered the body of pilot Michael Faraldi (38).
(SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A9)(SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A5)
2011 Feb 26, In San Francisco snow fell briefly overnight on the city's Twin Peaks neighborhood and some other areas with higher
2011 Feb 26, In northwest Afghanistan amid screams of "Suicide bomber! Suicide bomber!" an insurgent detonated his vest of explosives, killing at least four people at a sports field. A roadside bomb killed nine people near
the eastern city of Khost.
2011 Feb 26, In Algeria hundreds of demonstrators protested in Algiers to demand the ouster of President Bouteflika, but police were out in far larger numbers to counter the
2011 Feb 26, A prominent Bahraini opposition leader, Hassan Mushaima, returned home from exile and urged the Gulf kingdom's rulers to back up promises of political reform with action. Thousands of protesters marched from
the capital's landmark Pearl Square to the prime minister's office, calling for him to resign.
2011 Feb 26, In Canada the governing Liberal Party of British Columbia elected Christy Clark as their new leader, setting the stage for her
to become premier of the resource-rich province on the Pacific coast.
2011 Feb 26, In Croatia some 15,000 people have gathered at a protest in Zagreb organized by the veterans of the country's 1991-95 independence war. They were
protesting in support of a fellow veteran awaiting extradition to Serbia in a Bosnian prison. Officers used tear gas to disperse the group. At least 25 people were injured.
2011 Feb 26, Egypt's ruling military council apologized after
military police a day earlier beat protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. activists called for fresh protests to denounce violence by the authorities. A judicial committee formed to draft changes to Egypt's constitution proposed capping to eight years the time a president can stay in office and loosening the rules that curbed competition for the post.
(AFP, 2/26/11)(Reuters, 2/26/11)
2011 Feb 26, Iran confirmed it was having to remove nuclear fuel from the reactor of its only nuclear power station, signaling more problems for the Russian-built Bushehr plant after decades of delay.
2011 Feb 26, In Iraq gunmen before dawn attacked the Baiji Refinery, Iraq's largest oil refinery, killing one engineer and forcing a shutdown that threatened to exacerbate acute electricity shortages that have prompted violent protests. The bodies of three protesters turned up
in Kirkuk. Police said all three took part in a Feb 25 demonstration. They were shot in the head and their hands bound.
(AP, 2/26/11)(SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A8)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011 Feb 26, Israeli warplanes bombed militant training camps in the Gaza Strip
for a second time, wounding four people, including a toddler. The raids came after pre-dawn strikes against two other training camps of the hardline Islamic Jihad group.
2011 Feb 26, In Japan Nintendo's latest game machine, offering
glasses-free 3-D images, went on sale ahead of a global rollout. Analysts said it promises to be the world's first 3-D mass-market product.
2011 Feb 26, Libyan residents said the embattled regime of Moammar Gadhafi is arming civilian
supporters to set up checkpoints and roving patrols around Tripoli to control movement and quash dissent.
2011 Feb 26, In Mexico’s Coahuila state, across the US border from Texas, nine men died when gunmen opened fire inside two bars
in separate attacks. Assailants killed another five men in a bar in the cartel-plagued border city of Ciudad Juarez.
2011 Feb 26, Nigerian police arrested Boko Haram arms dealer Mohammed Zakaria in the town of Maiduguri. Police shot
dead, Alhaji Salisu Damaturu, a man financing the radical Islamist sect. Mohammed Goni was identified as another financier of the group. Weapons recovered from their hideout included 12 rocket launchers, two pistols, one loaded AK-47 rifle, two detonating bomb cables and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition.
2011 Feb 26, Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, replaced six Cabinet members in a bid to defuse tensions in the country.
2011 Feb 26, In
the Philippines communist rebels killed three soldiers and wounded four others in an ambush in the foothills of a mountain near Asipulo township in Ifugao province. Government and rebel negotiators last week resumed talks in Norway after more than six years and agreed to negotiate a settlement of the 42-year conflict.
2011 Feb 26, Russia joined other UN Security Council members in ordering an arms embargo against Libya and other sanctions. Russia stood to lose a total of up to $10 billion in arms sales, including almost $4 billion with Libya, from the wave of unrest currently destabilizing regimes in north Africa and
the Middle East. The UN Security Council agreed to tell the prosecutor of the Int’l. Criminal Court (ICC) to probe the Libyan crisis.
(AFP, 2/27/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.67)
2011 Feb 26, In Russia a man, apparently distraught after an argument with his
wife, died after pulling the pin on a grenade and blowing himself up at the entrance of a discount retail store in northeast Moscow.
(Reuters, 2/26/11)(SSFC, 2/27/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 26, In Spain Austin Bice (22), a San Diego State University
exchange student, was last seen outside the Riviera concert venue and discotheque in Madrid. Bice’s body was pulled out of the Manzanares River in western Madrid on March 8. An autopsy report on his body suggested an accidental death.
(AP, 3/6/11)(AP, 3/8/11)(AP, 5/10/11)
2011 Feb 26, In Yemen two powerful tribal chiefs joined opposition forces demanding the ouster of the country's longtime president, a new sign the embattled leader might be losing his grip on the impoverished, conflict-ridden country.
2011 Feb 26, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe repeated calls for elections to end the power-sharing government and vowed to punish companies from countries that imposed sanctions on him and his allies.
2012 Feb 26, Hollywood gave its best film award to the silent French movie "The Artist." It also collected Oscars for its star Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicius, as well as for musical score and costume design. Meryl Streep won as Best Actress for playing former British PM Margaret Thatcher in "The
Iron Lady." Veteran Christopher Plummer made history by becoming the oldest winner ever at age 82 with his role as an elderly gay man in "Beginners."
2012 Feb 26, In Los Angeles the Iranian film “A Separation” won an Oscar for
best foreign film. Director Asghar Farhadi's movie explores troubles in Iranian society through the story of a marriage in collapse.
2012 Feb 26, In Los Angeles Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won her country's first Oscar for
a filmmaker for "Saving Face," a short documentary about acid attacks on women, and those who help them recover.
2012 Feb 26, In Florida Trayvon Martin (17) of Miami was shot dead by George Zimmerman (28), a white Neighborhood Watch
captain, after he took a break from watching NBA All-Star game television coverage to walk 10 minutes to a convenience store to buy snacks. He was visiting his father and stepmother in a gated townhome community called The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, 20 miles north of Orlando. On April 11 Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder. An autopsy report released on May 17 said Martin was
shot through the heart at close range. Medical examiners also reported a low level of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, when they tested Martin's blood and urine. It was also reported that Zimmerman had a broken nose, bruises and bloody cuts on the back of his head.
2012 Feb 26, In West Tennessee one man was killed and 19 other people were injured early today when gunmen opened fire at the Karma Lounge in downtown Jackson.
2012 Feb 26, In northern Afghanistan protesters angry over Quran burnings by American troops lobbed grenades at a US base in Kunduz province and clashed with police and troops in a 6th day of violence that left 7 American troops wounded and two Afghans dead.
2012 Feb 26, In Brazil the Anglican bishop for the northeastern state of Pernambuco was killed along with his wife. Edward Robinson Cavalcanti (68) and his wife Miriam (64) were stabbed to death in their home in the city of Olinda. Their adopted son was the chief suspect. The son was hospitalized after he
tried to commit suicide by drinking poison.
2012 Feb 26, Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid hit British news stands, replacing the defunct News of the World with a pledge to meet high ethical standards after a "challenging" chapter in its
history. Inside, an editorial titled "A new Sun rises today" said the newspaper was appointing a so-called Readers' Champion to deal with complaints and correct errors, while also vowing that its journalists would be ethical.
26, In Canada a passenger train derailed near Burlington in southern Ontario, killing at least 3 VIA Rail employees.
2012 Feb 26, Colombia's main rebel group said it is abandoning the practice of kidnapping and will soon free its
last remaining "prisoners of war," 10 security force members held for as long as 14 years.
2012 Feb 26, Israeli defense officials confirmed $1.6 billion in deals to sell drones as well as anti-aircraft and missile defense systems to
2012 Feb 26, A Jordanian government official said more than 80,000 Syrian refugees have fled the nearly 11 months of violence in their homeland and settled in neighboring
2012 Feb 26, In Malaysia thousands rallied in Kuantan against an Australian miner's rare earths plant in the biggest protest yet over fears it will produce radioactive waste harmful to them and the
2012 Feb 26, Authorities in Morocco banned the Spanish-language daily newspaper El País from distributing its February 26 issue because of an excerpt it featured from the French book “Le Roi Predateur” (The Predator King)
by Catherine Graciet and Eric Laurent. The book described how the king has quintupled his wealth in his 11 years on the throne.
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.58)(http://tinyurl.com/7jwkfnm)
2012 Feb 26, Chandra Bahadur Dangi (72) of southwestern Nepal was
declared the shortest man ever documented after being measured by Guinness World Records officials. Dangi stood just 54.6 cm (21.5 inches) tall.
2012 Feb 26, In Nigeria a suicide bomber detonated an explosives laden car outside a
packed church during Sunday service in Jos, killing three people and injuring dozens. Gunmen shot four people dead and wounded six in a rural area of the central state of Kaduna.
(AFP, 2/26/12)(AP, 2/28/12)
2012 Feb 26, In Russia thousands of
protesters held hands to form a 16-km (10-mile) human chain encircling central Moscow to keep up the pressure on PM Vladimir Putin as he prepares to extend his rule for six more years.
2012 Feb 26, Senegal held elections. Voters booed
Pres. Wade so loudly when he went to cast his ballot that his bodyguards whisked him away. The opposition was split between 13 candidates. Wade was dealt a humiliating blow and forced into a run-off election after failing to secure an outright majority for a disputed third term. Final results on March 6 showed Wade won 34.81 percent of votes, followed by Sall with 26.58 percent.
(AP, 2/26/12)(AP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)(AFP, 3/6/12)
2012 Feb 26, A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 shook southwestern Siberia, the second to hit the area in two months. There were no immediate reports of damage or
2012 Feb 26, In Sudan rebels in a "revolutionary front" aimed at toppling the Khartoum regime claimed their first joint attack against government forces. The offensive happened at Jau, a disputed area in an oil-rich region on
the poorly defined border. Rebels later said 150 government soldiers were killed in the attack along the disputed border.
(AFP, 2/26/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2012 Feb 26, Syria held a referendum on a new constitution. Western leaders called it a farce. The
Local Coordination Committees (LCC) said attacks by government soldiers killed 55 people, most of them in Homs. On Feb 28 the Interior Ministry said the charter won 89.4 percent of votes cast with a turnout of 57.4 percent.
(SFC, 2/27/12, p.A3)(AFP, 2/28/12)
Feb 26, Syrian activists said Emirati authorities have cancelled the residencies of dozens of Syrians for taking part in a Feb 10 protest against their regime outside the consulate in Dubai.
2012 Feb 26, Yemeni
troops killed five suspected Al-Qaeda militants in an artillery attack in the southern city of Zinjibar. In the nearby town of Loder security forces arrested four Al-Qaeda-linked militants. Tribesman captured a fifth Al-Qaeda suspect who was in possession of an explosive belt.
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