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This Day in History – February 26

This Day In History1732—1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St. Joseph’s Philadelphia.

1773—Construction authorized for Walnut Street jail (Philadelphia) (1st solitary)
 
1863—Lincoln signs National Currency Act.
 
1870—1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
 
1891—1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park.
 
1895—Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine.
 
1907—Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
 
1907—US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500.
 
1914—New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated.
 
1916—Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract.
 
1919—Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
 
1930—1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)
 
1933—Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field.
 
1938—1st passenger ship equipped with radar.
 
1944—1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed.
 
1949—USAF plan began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight.
 
1955—“Peter Pan” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 149 performances.
 
1962—US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation.
 
1973—Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7 million.
 
1974—Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris.
 
1977—1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
 
1983—Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks.
 
1987—NBA’s Michael Jordan’s 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record.
 
1993—9th Soap Opera Digest Awards – Days of Our Lives wins.
 
1999—15th Soap Opera Awards – General Hospital wins.
 
2012—The film The Artist wins five Academy Awards and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927.
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