On This Day in History, February 26

This National Pistachios Day presents a chance to learn fun facts about the tasty treat. For instance, California produces about 300 million pounds of pistachios each year. Let’s explore other important events associated with this date and, even better, made it to the books of history.

Here, take a look!

  • 1909 -A color motion picture was shown to the general public for the first time.
  • 1917 -The world’s first jazz record was created.
  • 1919 – The USA Congress established the Grand Canyon, National Park.
  • 1920 -The first German Expressionist film was premiered.
  • 1935 – Nazi leader Adolf Hitler signed a secret decree authorizing the founding of the Reich Luftwaffe as the third German military service to join the Reich army and navy.
  • 1938 – Crude oil was found in Abilene, Texas.
  • 1952 -Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Great Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.
  • 1968 -A hospital fire in the Shelton Mental Hospital in England killed 21 patients.
  • 1972 -A dam In West Virginia’s Buffalo Creek Valley collapsed and killed 118 people.
  • 1991 -Kuwait City was liberated by Gulf War Allies when Iraq President Saddam Hussein ordered the withdrawal of Iraq Troops from the city.
  • 1991 -The world’s first web browser was presented to the public.
  • 1993 -A car bomb exploded below the World Trade Center in New York.
  • 1995 -Barings PLC, a banking firm in England, collapsed after Nick Leeson lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices over a period of three years.
  • 2000 -A former British spy, David Shayler was sued by the British government for breach of confidence over secret service files.
  • 2008 -The latest in Electronic Gadget known as Chumby was released.
  • 2008 -The Starbucks coffee chain closed all of its U.S. branches for three-and-a-half hours of staff training.
  • 2009 -The Defense Department lifted the ban on media houses showing pictures of the coffins of soldiers being returned to the United States.
  • 2011 -The United States’ space shuttle Discovery docked at the International Space Station for the last time.
  • 2013 -Retired American basketball player Dennis Rodman visited North Korea.
  • 2014 -Over nine hundred Olive Ridley turtles were found dead in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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