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Births for February 26


  • 1361 Wenceslas of Bohemia, Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400)
  • 1675 Guillaume Delisle, Paris France, geographer (Atlas g‚ographique)
  • 1686 Godefroi L Count d'Estrades, French diplomat
  • 1707 Carlo Goldoni, Ital's lawyer/playwright (Belisario)
  • 1802 Victor Hugo, France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  • 1808 Honor‚ Daumier, France, painter/lithographer/caricaturist
  • 1824 Carlos Calvo, Arg diplomat/people rights scholar (Calvo Clause)
  • 1832 John George Nicolay, US, author (Abe Lincoln's biographer)
  • 1837 Charles Woeste, Belgian count/min of Justice
  • 1842 Camille Flammarion, Mars researcher & popularizer of astronomy
  • 1845 Alexander III, St Petersburg, Russian tsar (1881-94) (3/10 NS)
  • 1846 William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Davenport Iowa, killed 4000 buffaloes
  • 1852 John Harvey Kellogg, surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry
  • 1857 Emile Cou‚, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion)
  • 1861 Ferdinand I, Vienna, 1st tsar of modern Bulgaria (1908-18)
  • 1866 Herbert Henry Dow, pioneer in US chemical industry (Dow Chemical)
  • 1867 Siegfried Passarge, German geographer (Cameroon/So Afr/America)
  • 1869 Nadezjda K Krupskaja, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin
  • 1873 Ewoud van Everdingen, meteorologist
  • 1876 Agustin P Justo y Rolon, pres Argentina (1931-38)
  • 1876 Pauline Musters, smallest man (1'11.2" (58.9 cm))
  • 1877 Carel S Adama van Scheltema, poet/writer (socialism)
  • 1883 Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek)
  • 1884 Hildo Krop, modernistic sculptor
  • 1885 Lili Green, (Alice Sally Mary), Neth/Eng dancer
  • 1887 Benegal Narsing Rau, India, pres of UN Security Council (1950)
  • 1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • 1893 Ivor Richards, English critic
  • 1893 William Frawley, Iowa, actor (Fred Mertz-I Love Lucy, Bub-My 3 Sons)
  • 1898 Julien de Valckenaere, Flemish writer
  • 1902 Menno ter Brak, writer/essayist (Carnaval of the Citizens)
  • 1902 Rudolf Moralt, German conductor
  • 1902 Vercors, (Jean Bruller), French writer (Le silence de la mer)
  • 1906 Madeleine Carroll, English actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent)
  • 1913 Jon Hall, Fresno Calif, actor (Ramor of the Jungle)
  • 1914 Robert Alda, NYC, actor (Dan Lewis-Supertrain, By Popular Demand)
  • 1915 Elisabeth Eybers, South Afr/Dutch poetess (That woman & other Verses)
  • 1917 Robert Taft Jr, (Sen-R-Oh)
  • 1918 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, baseball pitcher (Bkln Dodgers)
  • 1918 Otis R Bowen, US Sec of Health & Human Services (1985-89)
  • 1918 Theodore (Hamilton) Sturgeon, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar)
  • 1919 Hendrika Mastenbroek, Netherlands, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1936)
  • 1919 Mason Adams, NYC, actor (Charlie Hume-Lou Grant, Deadliest Season)
  • 1920 A W (Rie) Kuiper-Mastenbroek, swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1936)
  • 1920 Tony Randall, (Leonard Rosenberg), Tulsa Ok, actor (Felix-Odd Couple)
  • 1921 Betty Hutton, Battle Creek Mich, actress (Greatest Show on Earth)
  • 1922 Margaret Leighton, Birmingham England, actress (Astonished Heart)
  • 1924 Mark Bucci, NYC, composer (1959 Arts & Letters Award)
  • 1924 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89)
  • 1925 James Moody, US, jazz saxophonist/orchestra leader
  • 1926 Cynthia Stone, Peoria Ill, actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers)
  • 1926 Konstantin P Feoktistov, Voronezh, cosmonaut (Voskhod 1)
  • 1927 Donald Gramm, Milwaukee Wisconsin, bass-baritone
  • 1927 Tom Kennedy, Louisville KY, quiz host (You Don't Say, Name That Tune)
  • 1928 Anatoli V Filipchenko, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16)
  • 1928 Antione "Fats" Domino, rhythm & blues pianist (Blueberry Hill)
  • 1930 Lazar Berman, Leningrad Russia, pianist (Budapest 3rd place-1956)
  • 1931 Robert Novak, Joliet Ill, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
  • 1932 Johnny Cash, Kingsland Ark, country singer (I Hear the Train Coming)
  • 1933 Godfrey Cambridge, actor (Cotton comes to Harlem)
  • 1933 James Goldsmith, Paris France, fiancier/corporate raider
  • 1938 Jack Knight, Somerville Miss, actor (Mr Shamley-James at 15)
  • 1942 Joop van den Ende, director (Alsmeer Studio)
  • 1943 Bob "Bear" Hite, singer (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country)
  • 1943 Bob van Reeth, Flemish architect
  • 1945 Mitch Ryder, rocker (& Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress)
  • 1946 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1946 Phyllis Eisenstein, US, sci-fi author (Sorcerer's Son, Born to Exile)
  • 1947 Sandi Shaw, (Sandra Goodrich), Essex, rocker (Girl Don't Come)
  • 1948 Priscilla Lopez, Bronx NY, actress (In the Beginning, Kay O'Brien)
  • 1950 Jonathan Cain, keyboardist (Journey-Don't Stop Believing)
  • 1953 Michael Bolton, rock vocalist (That's What Love Is All About)
  • 1957 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Madison Wisc, 79k cyclist (Oly-gold-1984)
  • 1957 Keena Rothhammer, US, 800 m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1958 Jeff Fithian, actor (Trevor Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies)
  • 1958 Joe Fithian, actor (Tracey Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies)
  • 1958 Susan J Helms, Charlotte NC, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 54)
  • 1965 Brittany York, London England, playmate (Oct, 1990)
  • 1970 Katie O'Neill, LA Calif, actress (Together We Stand)
  • 1970 Meeno Peluce, Amsterdam Netherlands, actor (Bad News Bears)


Passings for February 26


  • 1076 Godfried III, with the Hump, duke of Neth-Lutherians, murdered
  • 1154 Rogier II, King of Sicily, dies
  • 1266 Manfred, bastard son of Emperor Frederik II/king of Sicily, dies
  • 1324 Dino Compagni, Italian silk seller/poet/chronicler, dies
  • 1577 Erik XIV Wasa, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies at 43
  • 1726 Maximilian II M Emanuel, ruler of Bayern, dies
  • 1770 Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer/violinist, dies
  • 1813 Robert R Livingston, US diplomat (Decl of Independence), dies at 66
  • 1823 John P Kemble, English actor/director (Covent Garden), dies
  • 1870 Wyatt Outlaw, black leader of Union League in NC, lynched
  • 1871 Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
  • 1921 Carl Menger, Austrian economist, dies at 81
  • 1930 Raffaele Merry del Val, Spanish Cardinal, dies
  • 1931 Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies
  • 1933 Antonio Nicolau, Spanish composer/conductor, dies at 74
  • 1939 E Fern ndez Arb¢s, Spanish violinist/conductor/composer, dies at 75
  • 1953 Martinus Nijhoff, poet/interpreter/linguistic (spelling), dies
  • 1960 Aleksandar Belic, Swedish linguist, dies at 83
  • 1961 Mohammed V, ibn Joesoef, sultan/King of Morocco, dies
  • 1963 Artturi A Leinonen, Finnish journalist/politician (Prophet), dies
  • 1965 Jimmie Lee Jackson, civil rights activist, dies of injuries
  • 1966 Minerva Urecal, actress (Peter Gunn, Adv of Tugboat Annie), dies at 7
  • 1967 Harry McNaughton, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 70
  • 1969 Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1969 Levi Esjkol, (Sjkolnik), premier (Israel), dies
  • 1971 Fernandel, (Fernand JD Contandin), French actor, dies
  • 1972 Tom Manders, cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 51
  • 1973 Mary Finney, actress (Honestly Celeste), dies at 68
  • 1981 Howard Hanson, US composer/conductor (Nordic), dies at 84
  • 1982 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz pianist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • 1992 Gerrit Schulte, (Le fou pedalant), 6 days bicyclist, dies
  • 1992 Jean R Yawkey, owner (Boston Red Sox), dies at 83 of a stroke
  • 1992 S I Hayakawa, (Sen-R-Calif), dies at 85 of a stroke
  • 1993 Constance Ford, US actress (Another World, Burden Hunt), dies at 64
  • 1993 Mark Kolthoff, painter/photographer, dies at 92


Special events for February 26


  • 1266 Battle of Benevento
  • 1531 Earthquake in Lisbon Portugal, kills 20,000
  • 1564 Christopher Marlowe, dramatist (Dr Faustus), baptized
  • 1616 Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
  • 1732 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, Philadelphia
  • 1773 Construction authorized for Walnut St jail (Phila) (1st solitary)
  • 1815 Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
  • 1832 Russian czar declares realm of Poland-Russia
  • 1834 1st US interstate crime compact (NY-NJ) ratified
  • 1848 Marx & Engels publish "Communist Manifesto"
  • 1852 British troop ship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die
  • 1859 Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins
  • 1862 Battle of Woodburn, KY
  • 1863 Lincoln signs National Currency Act
  • 1866 New York Legislature establishes NYC Metropolitan Board of Health
  • 1869 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states
  • 1870 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
  • 1877 Geheim compromise Dem-Rep over pres election result
  • 1881 SS Ceylon begins 1st round-the-world cruise from Liverpool
  • 1885 Conference of Berlin, gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to England
  • 1891 1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park
  • 1893 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Mich
  • 1895 Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine
  • 1907 Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
  • 1912 Coal miners strike in England (settle on 03/01)
  • 1913 J Rheden discovers asteroid #744 Aguntina
  • 1914 New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated
  • 1915 Malancourt, Argonnen (1st (German) fire attack)
  • 1917 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
  • 1918 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604
  • 1919 Acadia National Park established (as Lafayette N P), Maine
  • 1919 Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • 1919 US Congress opens Grand Canyon National Park
  • 1923 Italian nationalist & fascists merge
  • 1924 Trial against Hitler in Munich begins
  • 1925 Jihad-Saint war against Turkish govt
  • 1926 Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street
  • 1928 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1091 Spiraea
  • 1930 "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater
  • 1933 Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
  • 1935 Germany began Luftwaffe operation, under Reichsmarshall H Goering
  • 1935 NY Yankees release Babe Ruth
  • 1936 Military coup in Japan
  • 1938 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
  • 1938 G Kulin discovers asteroid #1452 Hunnia
  • 1938 Rie Van Peat swims world record 200 m freestyle (2:24.6)
  • 1940 US Air Defense Command established at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
  • 1941 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declears double KO
  • 1941 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (Calif)
  • 1941 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1632 Siebohme
  • 1942 German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb
  • 1942 Radio Orange calls for March 1 holiday in Dutch Indies
  • 1942 WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
  • 1942 Werner Heisenberger informs nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen
  • 1943 L Oterma discovers asteroid #2841 Puijo
  • 1944 1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
  • 1944 Sue Dauser becomes 1st woman captain of US marine
  • 1945 Very heavy bombing on Berlin
  • 1946 2 killed & 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia Tenn
  • 1949 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
  • 1951 22nd admendment to Constitution is ratified
  • 1951 Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
  • 1952 PM Winston Churchill announced that Britain had its own atomic bomb
  • 1954 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
  • 1955 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith
  • 1956 Writers Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge
  • 1960 Soviet premier Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia
  • 1960 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
  • 1962 US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
  • 1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 67 points vs NY
  • 1966 KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmissio
  • 1970 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
  • 1972 Dam break in WV kills 107
  • 1972 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek WV, kills 125
  • 1973 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m
  • 1974 Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris
  • 1975 1st televised kidney transplant (Today Show)
  • 1979 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
  • 1980 Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
  • 1981 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost
  • 1981 Boston & Minnesota play most penalty-filled NHL game-406 min total
  • 1981 French Train … Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
  • 1981 H Debehogne discovers asteroid #3268 De Sanctis
  • 1983 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks
  • 1983 Shortwave pirate Radio USA (Wellsville, NY) begins transmission
  • 1984 N Chernykh discovers asteroids #3575 & #3576
  • 1984 Rev Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC, "Hymietown"
  • 1984 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st US poet laureate
  • 1986 Former Philippines President Ferdinand E Marcos fled in defeat
  • 1987 1st release of Beatles compact discs
  • 1987 NASA launches GEOS-H
  • 1987 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points is a Chicago Bull record
  • 1987 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 1989 Lowest rated pressure in Netherlands (955 hpa)
  • 1989 NY Yankees announce that Tom Seaver is their new TV sportscaster
  • 1990 Moscow begins pulling 73,000 troops out of Czechoslovakia
  • 1991 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
  • 1991 NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together
  • 1992 Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion
  • 1993 2nd tallest building in world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die
  • 1998 Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)


Songs for date February 26


  • 02/26/55 --- Ballad Of Davy Crockett (Hayes, Bill)
  • 02/26/66 --- Listen People (Herman's Hermits)
  • 02/26/66 --- Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • 02/26/72 --- I Gotcha (Tex, Joe)
  • 02/26/77 --- So Into You (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 02/26/77 --- I've Got Love On My Mind (Cole, Natalie)
  • 02/26/77 --- Right Time Of The Night (Warnes, Jennifer)
  • 02/26/83 --- Come On Eileen (Dexys Midnight Runners)
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