This day in history

Wednesday, Feb. 26, is the 57th day of 2014. There are 308 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 86. Country-rock musician Paul Cotton (Poco) is 71. Actor-director Bill Duke is 71. Singer Mitch Ryder is 69. Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 64. Singer Michael Bolton is 61. Actor Greg Germann is 56. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is 56. Bandleader John McDaniel is 53. Actress Jennifer Grant is 48. Rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 46. Singer Erykah Badu is 43. R&B singer Rico Wade (Society of Soul) is 42. Gold medal swimmer Jenny Thompson is 41. R&B singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) is 39. Actor Greg Rikaart is 37. Rock musician Chris Culos (O.A.R.) is 35. R&B singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 35. Pop singer Nate Ruess (fun.) is 32. Tennis player Li Na is 32.

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


In 1904, the United States and Panama proclaimed a treaty under which the US agreed to undertake efforts to build a ship canal across the Panama isthmus.

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In 1919, President Wilson signed a congressional act establishing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

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

In 1945, authorities ordered a midnight curfew at nightclubs, bars, and other places of entertainment across the nation.

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


In 1962, 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, National Public Radio was incorporated.

In 1984, the last US Marines deployed to Beirut as part of an international peacekeeping force withdrew from the Lebanese capital.

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

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 others.


In 1994, a jury in San Antonio acquitted 11 followers of David Koresh of murder, rejecting claims they’d ambushed federal agents; five were convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

In 2004, two church-sanctioned studies documenting sex abuse by US Roman Catholic clergy said that about 4 percent of clerics had been accused of molesting minors since 1950 and blamed bishops’ ‘‘moral laxity’’ in disciplining offenders for letting the problem worsen.

In 2009, President Obama laid out his first budget plan, predicting a federal deficit of $1.75 trillion.

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 was subsequently acquitted of second-degree murder.)