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This Day in History for February 26

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

1893 – 2 Clydesdales horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a single sledge, Michigan.

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

1916 – Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract.

1929 – US President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park.

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

1935 – NY Yankees released Babe Ruth, he signed with Boston Braves.

1941 – 2 fighters unable to continue slugfest, referee declares double KO.

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

1954 – 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy, Mass.

1954 – Michigan Rep. Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing “obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy” phonograph (rock & roll records)

1962 – US Supreme Court disallows race separation on public transportation.

1967 – 9th Daytona 500: Mario Andretti wins his first and only NASCAR Grand National event, only time driver born outside the US has ever won the Great American Race.

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 explodes in parking garage of NYC World Trade Center at 12:18 p.m., killing 6 and injuring over 1,000 in what was the deadliest act of terrorism perpetrated on US soil at that time.

2012 – 84th Academy Awards: “The Artist” wins five Oscars and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927, Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep also win.

2017 – 59th Daytona 500; Kurt Busch wins after Kyle Larson runs out of gas on last lap.

2019 – More than 4,500 complaints of child sexual abuse against migrate children received by US Health Department, Department of Justice received 1,300 more.

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