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February 26: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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 2022.

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.

OTD in 2013: Nineteen tourists were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor
There were twenty-one 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.

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.

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.

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.

OTD in 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.

1931

“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

American Singer

Johnny Cash
Died On:
Sep 12, 2003 (Age 71)
Born In:
Arkansas, USA

1991 CL

South Korean Rapper

CL
Age:
31 years old
Born In:
Seoul, South Korea

1982 Nate Ruess

American Singer

Nate Ruess
Age:
40 years old
Born In:
Iowa, USA

1802 Victor Hugo

French Writer

Victor Hugo
Died On:
May 22, 1885 (Age 83)
Born In:
Doubs, France
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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.

February 26: Levi Strauss Day

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.

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February 26: National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

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.

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.

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