This day in history

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

Today’s birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 85. Singer Michael Bolton is 60. Singer Erykah Badu is 42. Olympic gold medal swimmer Jenny Thompson is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 34.

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


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

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In 1970, National Public Radio was incorporated.

In 1993, 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.

In 2003, a fire at the Greenwood Health Center in Hartford killed 16 nursing home patients; a patient charged with setting the blaze was later ruled incompetent to stand trial.

In 2012, in a case that drew national attention, Trayon Martin, 17, was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he’d acted in self-defense. (Zimmerman is awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder.)