February 26 in Pop Culture History

February 26 in Pop Culture History

1616 – Galileo Galilei was formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the earth orbits the sun.

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba.

1829 – Levi Strauss was born. He never married, so, ironically, he didn’t get to pass his genes on to the next generation.

1870 – New York City’s first pneumatic-powered subway line, created by Alfred Beach, was opened to the public.

1909 – Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, was first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London with 21 short films.

1919 – 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon, already a national monument, was designated a national park under President Woodrow Wilson

1929 – President Calvin Coolidge signed into law a bill establishing the Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming.

1946 – Finnish observers reported the first of thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.

1966 – # 1 Hit February 26, 1966 – March 4, 1966: Nancy SinatraThese Boots Are Made For Walkin’

1977 – # 1 Hit February 26, 1977 – March 4, 1977: EaglesNew Kid in Town

1978 – Deathtrap (Broadway Play) Opened on February 26, 1978 and Closed: June 13, 1982

1988 – # 1 Hit February 27, 1988 – March 11, 1988: George MichaelFather Figure

1993 – The first of the World Trade Bombings occurred , the bomb went off in a parked truck under the North Tower. The bombing killed six and injured over a thousand people

1995 – Selena Quintanilla-Perez performed her last concert in Houston before being shot by her manager.

2005 – Halle Berry accepted her Razzie Award at the 25th annual ceremony at Hollywood’s historic Ivar Theatre.

2011 – # 1 Hit February 26, 2011 – April 8, 2011: Lady GagaBorn This Way

2012 – Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen walking home from a trip to a convenience store, was fatally shot in an altercation with George Zimmerman, a Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer patrolling the townhouse community of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida.

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