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Monday 26 February 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • National Wear Red Day (United Kingdom, until 2016)
  • Saviour's Day (Nation of Islam)

Events

  • 2008 The New York Philharmonic performs in Pyongyang, North Korea; this is the first event of its kind to take place in North Korea.
  • 1971 U.N. Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1966 – Apollo program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
  • 1952 – Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.
  • 1929 President Calvin Coolidge signs an executive order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
  • 1919 President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of Congress establishing the Grand Canyon National Park.
  • 1914 HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
  • 1909 Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • 1794 – The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
  • 747 BC Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy's Nabonassar Era.

Births

  • 1986 – Hannah Kearney, American skier
  • 1983 – Jerome Harrison, American football player
  • 1982 – Nate Ruess, American singer-songwriter
  • 1981 – Kertus Davis, American race car driver
  • 1980 – Steve Blake, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Marty Reasoner, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1977 – Tim Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Chad Urmston, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1973 – Jenny Thompson, American swimmer
  • 1973 – Marshall Faulk, American football player
  • 1971 – Erykah Badu, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1971 – Max Martin, Swedish-American record producer and songwriter
  • 1965 – James Mitchell, American wrestler and manager
  • 1959 – Rolando Blackman, American basketball player and coach
  • 1958 – Greg Germann, American actor and director
  • 1958 – Susan Helms, American general, engineer, and astronaut
  • 1958 – Tim Kaine, American lawyer and politician, 70th Governor of Virginia
  • 1957 – David Beasley, American lawyer and politician, 113th Governor of South Carolina
  • 1957 – Joe Mullen, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1957 – Keena Rothhammer, American swimmer
  • 1955 – Andreas Maislinger, Austrian historian and academic, founded the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service
  • 1953 – Michael Bolton, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1950 – Jonathan Cain, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
  • 1949 – Elizabeth George, American author and educator
  • 1948 – Sharyn McCrumb, American author
  • 1946 – Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2016)
  • 1945 – Marta Kristen, Norwegian-American actress
  • 1945 – Mitch Ryder, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1944 – Ronald Lauder, American businessman and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Austria
  • 1943 – Bill Duke, American actor and director
  • 1943 – Bob "The Bear" Hite, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1981)
  • 1943 – Paul Cotton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1937 – Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (d. 2011)
  • 1932 – Johnny Cash, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1931 – Robert Novak, American journalist and author (d. 2009)
  • 1928 – Fats Domino, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1927 – Tom Kennedy, American game show host and actor
  • 1926 – Doris Belack, American actress (d. 2011)
  • 1926 – Verne Gagne, American football player, wrestler, and trainer (d. 2015)
  • 1924 – Marc Bucci, American composer, lyricist, and dramatist (d. 2002)
  • 1921 – Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • 1920 – Danny Gardella, American baseball player and trainer (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Tony Randall, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2004)
  • 1919 – Mason Adams, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1918 – Otis R. Bowen, American physician and politician, 44th Governor of Indiana (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Theodore Sturgeon, American author and critic (d. 1985)
  • 1916 – Jackie Gleason, American actor and singer (d. 1987)
  • 1914 – Robert Alda, American actor, singer, and director (d. 1986)
  • 1912 – Dane Clark, American actor and director (d. 1998)
  • 1908 – Tex Avery, American animator, producer, and voice actor (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Jean Bruller, French author and illustrator, co-founded Les Éditions de Minuit (d. 1991)
  • 1900 – Fritz Wiessner, German-American mountaineer (d. 1988)
  • 1893 – Wallace Fard Muhammad, American religious leader, founded the Nation of Islam (disappeared 1934)
  • 1887 – Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player and coach (d. 1950)
  • 1887 – William Frawley, American actor and vaudevillian (d. 1966)
  • 1882 – Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
  • 1877 – Rudolph Dirks, German-American illustrator (d. 1968)
  • 1866 Herbert Henry Dow, Canadian-American businessman, founded the Dow Chemical Company (d. 1930)
  • 1852 – John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon, co-created Corn flakes (d. 1943)
  • 1846 – Buffalo Bill, American soldier and hunter (d. 1917)
  • 1829 – Levi Strauss, German-American fashion designer, founded Levi Strauss & Co. (d. 1902)
  • 1808 – Nathan Kelley, American architect, designed the Ohio Statehouse (d. 1871)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Joseph Wapner, American lieutenant and judge (b. 1919)
  • 2015 – Earl Lloyd, American basketball player and coach (b. 1928)
  • 2015 – Theodore Hesburgh, American priest, theologian, educator, and academic (b. 1917)
  • 2015 – Tom Schweich, American lawyer and politician, 36th State Auditor of Missouri (b. 1960)
  • 2014 – Phyllis Krasilovsky, American author and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2009 – Johnny Kerr, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1932)
  • 2009 – Norm Van Lier, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1947)
  • 2005 – Jef Raskin, American computer scientist, created Macintosh (b. 1943)
  • 2002 – Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2000 – George L. Street III, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1913)
  • 1998 – Theodore Schultz, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1997 – David Doyle, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 1993 – Constance Ford, American model and actress (b. 1923)
  • 1989 – Roy Eldridge, American trumpet player (b. 1911)
  • 1985 – Tjalling Koopmans, Dutch-American economist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • 1981 – Howard Hanson, American composer, conductor, and educator (b. 1896)
  • 1930 – Mary Whiton Calkins, American philosopher and psychologist (b. 1863)
  • 1903 Richard Jordan Gatling, American engineer, invented the Gatling gun (b. 1818)
  • 1813 – Robert R. Livingston, American lawyer and politician, 1st United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs (b. 1746)
  • 1802 – Esek Hopkins, American admiral (b. 1718)
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