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This Day in History for February 26

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1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library.

1871 – US income tax repealed.

1907 – 1st US federal corrupt election practices law passed.

1918 – Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for “wheatless” & “meatless” days for war effort.

1920 – Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor company which he later sold to his former employer.

1930 – Cleveland’s Terminal Tower opens (52 stories)

1939 – Filming begins on film “Gone With the Wind”

1942 – 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Island.

1960 – Pete Rozelle elected NFL Commissioner on 23rd ballot.

1961 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley hits #1.

1967 – Chicago Blizzard strikes with a record 23 inches of snow fall causing 800 buses and 50,000 automobiles to be abandoned.

1970 – “Bridge over Troubled Water” 5th and final studio album by Simon & Garfunkel is released (Grammy Award of the Year, Best Engineered Non-Classical Album 1971)

1979 – “The Dukes of Hazzard” premieres on US TV network, CBS.

1988 – “Phantom of the Opera” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances.

1989 – AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years: $1.67B in 1988.

1998 – President Bill Clinton says “I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”

2004 – Mydoom, the most destructive computer worm (so far), first sighted on computers in North America.  Goes on to cause $38 billions in damages.

2010 – The World Health Organization rejects claims that it overstated the severity of the swine flu pandemic under pressure from vaccine companies.

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