February 26th

2012
Trayon Martin, 17, was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he'd acted in self-defense. (Zimmerman is awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder.).
Shooting of Trayvon Martin
2005
Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76.
Egyptian constitutional referendum, 2005
2001
A U.N. tribunal convicted Bosnian Croat political leader Dario Kordic and military commander Mario Cerkez of war crimes for ordering the systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.
1995
Barings PLC, Britain's oldest investment banking firm, collapsed after a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices.
Barings Bank
1993
A car bomb explodes below the World Trade Center in New York. The attack was carried out by a group of Islamist militants. 6 people died in the blast.
1993 World Trade Center bombing
1991
The world's first web browser is presented to the public. The browser “WorldWideWeb” (later renamed “Nexus”) was developed by Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist best known as the inventor of the internet.
History of the World Wide Web
1987
The Tower Commission issued its report on the Iran-Contra affair, rebuking President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security staff.
John Tower
1970
National Public Radio was incorporated.
NPR
1952
Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.
Operation Hurricane
1935
RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) was first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt.
History of radar
1932
Country musician Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Ark.
Johnny Cash
1920
The first German Expressionist film is premiered. “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” by Robert Wiene is considered one of the best silent film of the horror genre.
German Expressionism
1919
Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Grand Canyon National Park
1917
The world's first jazz record is created. The “Original Dixieland Jass Band” recorded “Livery Stable Blues” for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
Original Dixieland Jass Band
1909
A color motion picture is shown to the general public for the first time. A series of 21 short Kinemacolor film were presented at the Palace Theatre in London.
Kinemacolor
1901
Leaders of the Boxer Uprising in China, Chi-hsui and Hsu Cheng-yu, were beheaded.
February 1901
1885
Berlin Conference gives Congo to Belgium and Nigeria to Great Britain.
Berlin Conference
1870
New York City's first pneumatic-powered subway line was opened to the public. (The tunnel was only a block long.).
IRT Ninth Avenue Line
1848
The Second French Republic was proclaimed.
French Second Republic
1815
Napoleon Bonaparte and his supporters leave Elba to start a 100 day re-conquest of France.
Napoleon
1797
Bank of England issues first £1 note.
Bank of England £1 note
1616
Roman Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo demanding he abandon his belief in heliocentrism.
Galileo affair