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.
By the end of today, we would’ve passed the first five million seconds of 2023.
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 interesting facts about February 26th in history!
What Events Happened On February 26 In History?
2018 In Svalbard, Norway, the Global Seed Vault celebrated its 10th anniversary by adding its one-millionth seed.
2013 Nineteen tourists were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt.
There were twenty-one people on board when a gas leak caused the balloon to deflate and crash to the ground.
2008 The New York Philharmonic Orchestra performed in Pyongyang, North Korea.
The concert was possible thanks to an invitation sent by North Korea's Ministry of Culture to the orchestra in August 2007. The orchestra played the US and North Korean national anthems, among other pieces.
1998 Oprah Winfrey was declared not guilty after cattlemen tried to sue her for saying American beef could spread mad cow disease.
1983 Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” hit number one 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.
1935 Robert Watson-Watt demonstrated radar in Slough, England, UK.
Radar uses radio waves to detect objects like aircraft, missiles, or even the weather.
1929 Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park was established after being signed off by President Calvin Coolidge.
1914 The HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS Titanic, was launched at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
On November 21, 1916, an explosion caused by a naval mine of the Imperial German Navy caused the HMHS Britannic to sink, killing 30 people.
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 notes were circulated in Britain.
The notes were needed because there was a shortage of available gold to produce £1 coins.
1616 The Roman Inquisition ordered Galileo not to teach or defend his theory that Earth and other planets revolve around the sun.
Famous Quotes Said On February 26
Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on February 26th.
“We must not confuse humility with false modesty or servility.”
– Paulo Coelho
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein
Famous People Born On February 26
If today is your birthday, you have this in common with Johnny Cash. Find out more about what famous people were born on this day.
1932 Johnny Cash
- Died On:
- Sep 12, 2003 (Age 71)
- Born In:
- Arkansas, USA
1991 Lee Chae-rin
South Korean Rapper
- 31 years old
- Born In:
- Seoul, South Korea
1982 Nate Ruess
- 40 years old
- Born In:
- Iowa, USA
1802 Victor Hugo
- Died On:
- May 22, 1885 (Age 83)
- Born In:
- Doubs, France
Special Holidays On February 26
Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.
Levi Strauss Day
Without a doubt, jeans are the most popular, versatile, and hard-working pants you can own. Today is Levi Strauss Day, so celebrate today by donning your favorite pair or even brave double denim with a jacket to pair.Read More
National Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Let your imagination run wild, if just for a day because it’s Tell a Fairy Tale Day today! Whether you tell someone else a story, read one, or listen to someone else telling one, it doesn’t really matter; just free your inner child today.
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Fun Fact Of The Day
Applying even pressure on an egg makes it nearly impossible to break the shell by squeezing it.
February 26 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone
For those of you who were born on February 26, your zodiac sign is Pisces.
Pisces is represented by the symbol of the fish, which illustrates their free-flowing nature.
Anyone born in February has the Amethyst birthstone. Ancient Greeks believed that the Amethyst protected the person wearing it from drunkenness and helped keep the wearer sober-minded.
For those of you who were born on February 26, you were likely conceived the previous year on June 5.
The due date for babies conceived on February 26, 2023, is around November 19, 2023.