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This Day in History for February 26

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

1863 – Abraham Lincoln signs National Currency Act, establishes single national US currency.

1891 – 1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park.

1895 – Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine.

1907 – US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500.

1917 – 1st jazz records recorded – “Dixie Jazz Band One Step” and “Livery Stable Blues” by Original Dixieland Jazz Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company.

1930 – 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)

1935 – RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt.

1947 – 4th Golden Globes: “The Best Years of Our Lives”, Gregory Peck & Rosalind Russell win.

1953 – 10th Golden Globes: “The Greatest Show on Earth”, Gary Cooper & Shirley Booth win.

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 $5.7M.

1975 – 1st televised kidney transplant (Today Show)

1983 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album goes #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks.

1987 – NBA’s Michael Jordan’s 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record.

1989 – Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career.

1993 – “World Trade Center bombing of 1993”: truck bomb explodes in parking garage of NYC World Trade Center at 12:18 pm, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000 in what was the deadliest act of terrorism perpetrated on US soil at the time.

2004 – The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.

2014 – Seth Rogen testifies about Alzheimer’s disease before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services.

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