02/26/2024
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1908 – Anna Jeanes bequests $1 million to Swarthmore to permanently give up all intercollegiate sports. The college refused the gift.

1909 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms.

1914 – Dedication ceremony for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1924 – George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premieres at the influential concert “Experiment in Modern Music” held by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra at the Aeolian Hall in New York City.

1934 – Export-Import Bank incorporates.

1941 – First injection of penicillin into a patient by British physician Charles Fletcher at Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England.

1949 – “Annie Get Your Gun” closes at Imperial Theater in New York City after 1,147 performances.

1955 – McGuire Sisters’ “Sincerely” single goes to No. 1 and stays No. 1 for 10 weeks.

1958 – Boston Celtics center Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds in a 119-101 NBA win against the Syracuse Nationals.

1959 – The Lincoln Memorial’s design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the “sheaves of wheat” design.

1964 – Beatles first New York City concerts with two shows at Carnegie Hall.

1964 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.

1973 – First United States prisoners of war in North Vietnam released with 116 of 456 flown to the Philippines.

1984 – Cale Yarborough becomes first Daytona 500 qualifier above 200 mph.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick and his 10th 40+ goal season.

1997 – Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement.

1999 – President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.

2006 – A powerful winter storm blankets the northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 28.9 inches of snow in New York City.

2009 – Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes near Buffalo, New York killing 50 people.

2017 – Emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, California threatens to collapse, 180,000 residents ordered to evacuate.

2019 – US national debt tops $22 billion for the first time, according to the US Treasury.

2023 – Super Bowl LVII, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona: Kansas City Chiefs beat Philadelphia Eagles 38-35. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is named Most Valuable Player.

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