Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/February 26
This is a list of selected February 26 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|1266 – Manfred, King of Sicily was killed while fighting Angevin forces led by Charles of Anjou near Benevento, Italy.||refimprove, lead too short|
|1914 – HMHS Britannic, the third and largest Olympic-class ocean liner of the White Star Line after RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic, was launched at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.||refimprove section|
|1919 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a law that designated most of Arizona's Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River that is considered to be one of the major natural wonders of the world, as a national park.||GC: refimprove sections; GCNP: refimprove|
|1946 – Finnish observers reported the first sightings of unidentified flying objects known as "ghost rockets", which have not yet been positively identified.||refimprove, needs more footnotes|
|1966 – The Saturn IB rocket launched for the first time from Florida's Cape Canaveral.||refimprove|
|1993 – A bomb-laden van exploded in the underground car park of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six and injuring more than one thousand people.||refimprove sections|
- 364 – Following the death of the Roman emperor Jovian, officers of the army at Nicaea in Bithynia selected Flavius Valentinianus to succeed him.
- 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba, an island off the coast of Italy where he had been exiled after the signing of the Treaty of Fontainebleau one year earlier.
- 1909 – The first films made with Kinemacolor, the earliest successful colour motion picture process, were shown to the British general public.
- 1917 – New Orleans' Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded "Livery Stable Blues", the first jazz single ever released.
- 1935 – Adolf Hitler ordered the German air force Luftwaffe reinstated, violating the Treaty of Versailles signed at the end of the First World War.
- 1935 – With the aid of a radio station in Daventry, England, and two receiving antennas, Scottish engineer and inventor Robert Watson-Watt first demonstrated the use of radar.
- 1952 – Vincent Massey was sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.
- 1995 – Barings Bank, the oldest merchant bank in London, collapsed after its head derivatives trader in Singapore, Nick Leeson, lost £827 million while making unauthorized speculative trades on futures contracts.
- 2013 – A hot air balloon crashed near Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 people in the deadliest ballooning disaster in history.
- 747 BC – According to Ptolemy, the reign of the Babylonian king Nabonassar began and with it, a new era characterized by the systematic maintenance of chronologically precise historical records.
- 1233 – Mongol–Jin War: The Mongols captured Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin dynasty, after besieging it for months.
- 1936 – Over 1400 troops of the Imperial Japanese Army staged a coup d'etat in Japan, occupying Tokyo, and killing Finance Minister Takahashi Korekiyo (pictured) and several other leading politicians.
- 1991 – British computer programmer Tim Berners-Lee introduced WorldWideWeb, the world's first web browser and WYSIWYG HTML editor.
- 2008 – In the first significant cultural visit from the United States to North Korea since the Korean War, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra performed in East Pyongyang Grand Theatre.