What Happened on February 26


Historical Events

1869 – Franz Schubert’s Symphony number 4, “The Tragic”, premieres
1918 – Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse and burn, killing 604
1923 – Italian nationalist and fascists merge (blue-shirts and black-shirts)
1933 – Golden Gate Bridge groundbreaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
1940 – US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
1991 – NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together

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Famous Birthdays

1837 – Charles Woeste, Belgian count, Minister of Justice, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1922)
1880 – Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), born in Adelaide (d. 1953)
1917 – Robert Taft Jr, American politician (Sen-R-Ohio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1993)
1946 – Bobby “Bingo” Smith, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1970 – Meeno Peluce, Dutch actor (Bad News Bears), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
1981 – Kertus Davis, American auto racer (competition director NASCAR team JD Motorsports), born in Gaffney, South Carolina

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Famous Deaths

1650 – Claude Favre de Vaugelas, Savoyard grammarian and man of letters, dies at 65
1883 – Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)
1933 – Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
1990 – Maurine Stuart, Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
2016 – Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83
2017 – Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), dies at 74

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