Today's History Trivia for February 26
1993 World Trade Center Bombing A truck bomb detonated in the parking garage of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The 1,336 pounds (606 kg) urea nitrate–hydrogen gas enhanced device was intended to send the North Tower crashing into the South Tower, bringing both towers down and killing tens of thousands of people. It failed to do so but killed six people and injured over a thousand.
1991 Desert Storm Two U.S. A-10 aircraft mistakenly fire on British armored personnel carriers, killing nine British soldiers.
1986 Ferdinand Marcos The Philippine president flees the country, ending his 20-year rule, following reports of widespread fraud during the presidential election.
1984 World indoor long jump record 28 feet 10.25 inches by Carl Lewis.
1981 Money for Nothing The basis for the 1993 movie is provided when Joey Coyle picks up $1.2 million that fell out of an armored car and goes on a spending spree. He was arrested six days later but acquitted by reason of temporary insanity.
1952 Great Britain announces that it has developed an atomic bomb.
1951 22nd Amendment ratified, limiting the number of times a President may be elected to two.
1935 Radar is first demonstrated, by British physicist Robert Watson-Watt.
Today's Birthdays for February 26
1829 Levi Strauss d. 1902 (Löb Strauß), Bavarian-born American businessman. Jacob Davis, one of Strauss' customers, was one of the inventors of riveted denim pants. He and Levi went into business together (1873) to produce blue jeans.
1935 Jane Wagner American Emmy-Peabody-winning playwright, actress, Lily Tomlin's comic writer and life partner. Writings: The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) and The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1991). Quote: "The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool." Source: Fifth 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said #550.
1932 Johnny Cash d. 2003 (John R. Cash), American Country Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy-winning country music singer, "The Man in Black."
1928 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino), American singer. Music: Blueberry Hill (1956). He recorded The Fat Man (1949), which is considered to be the first rock 'n' roll song.
1928 Ariel "Arik" Sharon d. 2014 Israeli general, politician. 11th Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006). He was a commander in the Israeli Army from its creation in 1948.
1920 Tony Randall d. 2004 (Leonard Rosenberg), American actor. TV: The Odd Couple (1970-75, Felix Unger).
1919 Mason Adams d. 2005 American actor. TV: Lou Grant (1977-82, managing editor Charlie Hume). Advertising: Smucker's -"With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good."
1916 Jackie Gleason d. 1987 (Herbert John Gleason), American Tony-winning actor. Broadway: Take Me Along (1959, Tony, as the hard-drinking Uncle Sid). TV: The Honeymooners (Ralph Kramden).
1877 Rudolph Dirks d. 1968 American cartoonist, creator of Katzenjammer Kids (1897).
1866 Herbert Henry Dow d. 1930 American chemist, pioneer in the U.S. chemical industry.
1857 Emile Coue d. 1926 French druggist. He created the psychotherapeutic technique of Coueism, which is based on repeating the saying "Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better."
1852 John Harvey Kellogg d. 1943 American surgeon, invented grain flakes cereal.
1846 Buffalo Bill d. 1917 (William Frederick Cody), American showman, Pony Express rider who formed the famous Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
1802 Victor Marie Hugo d. 1885 French poet, author. Writings: Les Misérables (1862). He was exiled from France (1851) for his opposition to Louis Napoleon.
Deaths for February 26
1813 Robert R. Livingston b. 1746 American patriot, member of the Continental Congress. He was a member of the "Committee of Five" that drafted the Declaration of Independence, along with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Roger Sherman. He administered the oath of office to George Washington in 1789.
1997 David Doyle b. 1929 American actor. TV: Charlie's Angels (1976-81, Bosley) and Rugrats (1991-97, voice of Grandpa Pickles).
1992 Florence Li Tim-Oi b. 1907 Chinese religious leader. She was the first woman Anglican priest (1944, China); the Japanese invasion during World War II had created a shortage of male priests in China. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1969 Karl Jaspers b. 1883 German philosopher, promoter of the philosophy of existentialism.
1903 Richard Jordan Gatling b. 1818 American physician, invented the rapid-fire machine gun (1862) that bears his name.
1884 Alexander Wood b. 1817 Scottish physician, the first to use a syringe to inject medicine (1855).