Today is Sunday February 26th, 2023 is the 57th day. There are 308 days left in the year.
Today’s historical highlights:
On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb manufactured by Islamist militants exploded in the North Tower parking lot of the World Trade Center in New York, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. (The bomb failed to bring down the North Tower to the South Tower, as the terrorists hoped. Eight years later, in the September 11 attacks, both buildings were destroyed.)
In 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte fled exile on Elba and returned to France to regain power.
In 1904, the United States and Panama proclaimed a treaty in which the United States agreed to undertake efforts to build a ship canal across the Isthmus of Panama.
In 1942, “The Green of My Valley” won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Picture, beating out nine other films, including “The Maltese Falcon” and “Citizen Kane.”
In 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.
In 1966, South Korean troops sent to fight in the Vietnam War massacred at least 380 civilians in the village of Godai.
In 1987, the Tower Commission, which investigated the Iran-Contra affair, issued a report accusing President Ronald Reagan of failing to control the national security staff.
In 1998, a jury in Amarillo, Texas, voted 11 million raised by Texas ranchers who blamed falling prices on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show after a segment on food safety that included a discussion of mad cow disease. dismissed the dollar lawsuit.
In 2005, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered the constitution to be changed so that he could be challenged in presidential elections scheduled for the fall.
In 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Sanford, Florida, during an altercation with security volunteer George Zimmerman. (Zimmerman was later acquitted of second-degree murder charges.)
In 2014, Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill promoted by social conservatives. The bill would have allowed people of sincere religious beliefs to refuse to serve homosexuals.
In 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie surprised the Republican establishment by endorsing Donald Trump for president.
In 2017, at the 89th Academy Awards, the LGBT coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including Best Picture in 2016 (in a startling gaffe, it accidentally overshadowed the musical “La La Land”). won Best Picture)) before the error was fixed).
In 2020, the World Health Organization reported that the number of new coronavirus cases outside China exceeded the number of new cases in China for the first time.
Ten years ago: The heavily divided Senate voted 58-41 to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel as US Secretary of Defense. During a sunrise flight over the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor, a hot air balloon burst into flames and plunged 1,000 feet, killing 19 tourists.
Five years ago: President Donald Trump, who was highly critical of law enforcement’s response to the Florida school shooting, told a roomful of Governors in the White House to arm themselves if he was there. Thousands of people from all walks of life, including former President George W. Bush and his wife, slowly walked past the coffin of Reverend Billy Graham in Charlotte, North Carolina. .
A year ago: As Russian troops approached the Ukrainian capital and reported skirmishes in the suburbs, Kiev residents prepared for another night of underground evacuation. He vowed to continue fighting Russian aggression and sought more outside help. He accused Russia of attacking infrastructure and civilian targets. Australian runner John Lundy, who competed with Roger Bannister and was the first to run the four-minute mile, has died at the age of 91.
Birthdays today: Actor and director Bill Duke is 80, singer Mitch Ryder is 78, actor Marta Kristen (TV: Lost in Space) is 78, rock musician Jonathan Kane is Journey is 73 and singer Michael Bolton is 70. Actor Greg Germann is 65 years old. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is his 65th. Bandleader John McDaniel is 62 years old. Actor and martial artist Mark Dacascos is 59, actor Jennifer Grant is 57, rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 55, and singer Erykah Badu (EHR’-ih-kah bah-DOO). ‘) is 52, and actor Maz Jobrani (TV: “Superior Donuts”) is 51. R&B singer Rico Wade (Society of Soul) is 51 years old. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Jenny Thompson is 50 years old. R&B singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) is 48 years old. Actor Greg Ricaart is 46 years old. Rock musician Chris Kyros (OAR) is 44 years old. R&B singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 44 years old. Pop singer Nate Lewis (fun.) is 41 years old. Former tennis player Li Na is 41 years old. Latin singer Natalia Lafourcard is 39 years old. Actor Teresa Palmer is 37 years old.