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February 26: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 26

February 26th is officially celebrated as Levi Strauss Day and Tell a Fairy Tale Day.

We made it to day 57 of the year and there’s 308 days left to go until we reach the new year.

For those of you who were born on February 26, your zodiac sign is Pisces.

Celebrate this day by checking out these past historic events that all happened February 26, including the beginning of an historical sport, advances in war and technology and so much more.

Did you know that on this day in 1983, Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” hit number 1 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart? The album spent a record 37 weeks topping the charts.

Keep reading for more facts about February 26th in history!

What Happened On February 26 In History?

2018

The Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway celebrated its 10th anniversary by adding its one millionth seed.

Source phys.org
2013

19 tourists were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt.

There were 21 people on board when a gas leak caused the balloon to deflate and crash to the ground.
1998

Oprah Winfrey was declared not guilty after cattlemen tried to sue her for saying American beef could spread mad cow disease.

Source AP News
1983

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” hit number 1 on the Billboard 200 and stayed there for 37 weeks.

1952

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill went public that Britain had its first atomic bomb and planned to test it in Australia by the end of the year.

OTD in 1952: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill went public that Britain had its first atomic bomb and planned to test it in Australia by the end of the year.
1935

Robert Watson-Watt demonstrated radar in Slough, England, UK.

Radar uses radio waves to detect objects like aircraft, missiles or even the weather.
1839

The UK had its first Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.

There were a total of 17 runners and the winner was Jem Mason.
1815

Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba.

Napoleon was originally exiled to Elba off the coast of Tuscany after abdicating his throne. Once this occurred, King Louis XVIII ascended the throne.
1797

£1 GBP notes were circulated in Britain.

OTD in 1797: £1 GBP notes were circulated in Britain.
The notes were needed because there was a shortage of available gold to make more £1 coins.
1616

Galileo was ordered by the Roman Inquisition not to teach or defend his theory that Earth and other planets revolve around the sun.

Did you know that on this day, February 26th 1983, Michael Jackson's album “Thriller” hit number 1 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart?