February 26 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte Escapes from Elba

February 26 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte Escapes from Elba5 (100%) 1 vote Realizing he would soon be sent to an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Napoleon Bonaparte made a daring escape from his exile to Elba on February 26, 1815. Once the bane of Europe, he returned to the continent bent on restoring his military legacy, sealing his fate just 111 days later at Waterloo. After seizing power in 1799 with France in upheaval during the Revolution, Napoleon quickly proved himself an adept military mind and focused commander. Victories over old enemies — Austria, Britain and Italy — provided him with a platform and credibility in the […]

February 26 1971 – Secretary General of the United Nations U Thant proclaims the vernal equinox as the Earth Day

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February 26 1971 – Secretary General of the United Nations U Thant proclaims the vernal equinox as the Earth DayRate this post In a move that initiated the first global Earth Day celebrations, UN Secretary-General U Thant signed a proclamation on February 26, 1971, that said, “May there be only peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life”. The earliest Earth Day celebration was an initiative launched by John McConnell in October 1969 at the UNESCO Conference on Environment. McConnell chose the vernal equinox to represent the […]

February 26, 1993 – World Trade Center bombing, 1993

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February 26, 1993 – World Trade Center bombing, 1993Rate this post On February 26, 1993, terrorists exploded a suspected car bomb underneath the World Trade Center in New York. The attack claimed six lives with over 1,000 people injured. The attack, which was considered one of the worst at that time, left a crater which was many stories deep. On the fateful day, the plotters of the attack drove a van loaded with a homemade bomb weighing around 1,2000 pounds into the basement parking garage of the World Trade Center. The plotters parked the van in an illegal spot on a ramp and after lighting the fuses left in another […]