Today in History February 26

West Street after the 1993 bombing

West Street after the 1993 bombing

1616 – Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
1815 – Napoleon leaves Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
1848 – Marx and Engels publish “Communist Manifesto
1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge in Michigan
1907 – Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1907 – US Congress raised their own salaries to $7500
1930 – First red and green traffic lights installed in Manhattan
1936 – Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche’sVolkswagen
1938 – First passenger ship equipped with radar
1952 – Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
1971 – Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of Earth Day.
1974 – Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
1993 – World Trade Center bombed, 7 die
2001 – The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
Birthdays
1802 – Victor Hugo, France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)
1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (d. 1902)
1908 – Tex Avery, American cartoonist (d. 1980)
1920 – Tony Randall, [Leonard Rosenberg], actor
1928 – Antione “Fats” Domino,  rhythm/blues pianist (Blueberry Hill)
1932 – Johnny Cash,  country singer
Weddings
1984 – Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse
This list is compiled from many internet and other sources of information including wikipedia, the New York Times, a multitude of websites and old books.

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