On This Day: February 26th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

February 26th

1797- Bank of England Issues first £1 note

1935- RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt.

1732- First mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia

1863- Abraham Lincoln signs National currency act which establishes single national US currency.

1866- New York forms NYC Metropolitan Board of Health

1869- Franz Shubert’s Symphony Number 4, “The Tragic”, premiers.

1884- British and Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II

1891- First buffalo was purchased for Golden State Park.

1893- Two Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Mich

1895- Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine.

1907- US Congress raise their own salaries to $7,500. (Today’s value: $208,709 according to Inflation Calculator)

1914- New York Museum of Science and Industry is incorporated.

Source: On This Day

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