Historical Events for 26th February 2024

364 – Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor
1851 – 13th Grand National: Terry Abbott wins aboard Irish stallion Abd-El-Kader at 7/1; first dual winner and first to win back-to-back
1870 – Beach Pneumatic Transit – 1st attempt to demonstrate a subway in New York opens (pneumatic powered)
1881 – PandO’s SS Ceylon begins world’s 1st round-the-world pleasure cruise from Liverpool
1893 – Norwegian Einar Halvorsen skates world record 500m (48 sec)
1941 – Utrecht and Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
1965 – West Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
1972 – Ireland-Wales Five Nations Rugby match scheduled for Lansdowne Road, Dublin is cancelled because of escalating political situation; Championship not completed for first time since World War II
1982 – Test Cricket debut of batsman Martin Crowe, playing for New Zealand v Australia in Wellington, run out for 9
1989 – California court throws out most of Margo Adams’s $12 million breach-of-contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs

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