February 26: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On February 26th, learn about the most interesting historical events and facts that occurred throughout history. The anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson signing the act of Congress establishing the Grand Canyon National Park, the launch of the Apollo program’s AS-201 (the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket), and the World Trade Center bombing are all commemorated on February 26th.

Pisces is the zodiac sign for February 26. Johnny Cash, Michael Bolton, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Nate Ruess are all born on February 26th. National Pistachio Day is observed on February 26th.


(February 26, 1815)
Napoleon, who had been forced to abdicate as French emperor in 1814, escaped exile on the island of Elba on this day in 1815 and, after gaining support en route, retook power on March 20, ushering in the Hundred Days.


(February 26, 1919)
Grand Canyon National Park was established by the United States Congress in northwestern Arizona.

(February 26, 1928)
Fats Domino, a rhythm-and-blues star who went on to become one of the earliest rock-and-roll stars, was born in the United States.

(February 26, 1929)
In 1950, Grand Teton National Park was enlarged to encompass the majority of Jackson Hole National Monument in Wyoming.

(February 26, 1951)
From Here to Eternity, a novel by American novelist James Jones about the United States Army in Hawaii before to the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, was later transformed into an Academy Award-winning film.

(Died on February 26, 2017)
Joseph Wapner, American lieutenant and judge (b. 1919).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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