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February 26, 2013

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2013. There are 308 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On Feb. 26, 1993@text5:, a truck bomb built by terrorists exploded in the parking garage of New York’s World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.

On this date:

In 1815@text5:, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on the Island of Elba.

In 1870@text5:, an experimental air-driven subway, the Beach Pneumatic Transit, opened in New York City for public demonstrations.

In 1913@text5:, “Brillo,” described as an “aluminum-cleanser,” was registered for trademark by Philip J. Brady of New York (the trademark was issued in Sept. 1913).

In 1919@text5:, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure establishing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

In 1929@text5:, President Calvin Coolidge signed a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

In 1940@text5:, the United States Air Defense Command was created.

In 1945@text5:, authorities ordered a midnight curfew at night clubs, bars and other places of entertainment across the nation.

In 1952@text5:, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.

In 1962@text5:, after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, astronaut John Glenn told a joint meeting of Congress, “Exploration and the pursuit of knowledge have always paid dividends in the long run.”

In 1970@text5:, National Public Radio was incorporated.

In 1987@text5:, the Tower Commission, which had probed the Iran-Contra affair, issued its report, which rebuked President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security staff.

In 1998@text5:, a jury in Amarillo, Texas, rejected an $11 million lawsuit brought by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey’s talk show for a price fall after a segment on food safety that included a discussion about mad-cow disease.

Ten years ago@text5:: President George W. Bush, offering new justification for war in Iraq, told a think tank that “ending this direct and growing threat” from Saddam Hussein would pave the way for peace in the Middle East and encourage democracy throughout the Arab world. In a victory for abortion foes, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that federal racketeering and extortion laws had been wrongly used to try to stop blockades, harassment and violent protests outside clinics. A fire at the Greenwood Health Center in Hartford, Conn., killed 16 nursing home patients; a patient charged with setting the blaze was later ruled incompetent to stand trial.

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