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On February 26
1815 Napoleon escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France.
1907 The U.S. Congress raised their own pay to $7500.
1919 The Grand Canyon National Park is established by Congress. Ten years later to the day, President Coolidge will sign a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park.
1930 New York City installed traffic lights.
1945 In the U.S., a nationwide midnight curfew went into effect.
1946 Captain James Gallagher and 14 crew members take off aboard Lucky Lady II as they begin what will become the first non-stop flight around the globe. The plane will be refueled four times while in the air before landing back in the U.S. on March 2.
1951 The 22nd Amendment was ratified, which limited U.S. Presidents to two terms.
1952 Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that Great Britain has developed its own atomic bomb.
1987 The Tower Commission rebuked U.S. President Reagan for failing to control his national security staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.
1991 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops were being withdrawn from Kuwait.
1993 Six people die and over 1,000 are injured when a terrorist attack by an Islamic extremist group occurs in the parking garage of NYC's 110-story World Trade Center.
1998 A federal jury in Armarillo, Texas, rules in favor of Oprah Winfrey in a lawsuit filed against her by Texas cattlemen. The lawsuit stems from a beef comment the popular talk show host made concerning mad cow disease.
1998 A Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.
1998 In Oregon, a health panel rules that taxpayers must help to pay for doctor-assisted suicides.
2000 Four New York City police officers were acquitted for the shooting of Amadou Diallo. On February 4, 1999, Diallo was shot and killed in front of his home by officers that were conducting a nighttime search for a rape suspect.
2002 In Rome, Italy, a bomb exploded near the Interior Ministry. No injuries were reported.

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