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Today in History: Sunday, February  26, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 26, 1993, a bomb built by Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of New York City's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000.
Audio LinkAn eyewitness describes the scene
AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler
On this date in:
1815Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France.
1848The Second French Republic was proclaimed.
1870New York City's first pneumatic-powered subway line was opened to the public. (The tunnel was only a block long.)
1919Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
1932Country musician Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Ark.
1952Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.
1970National Public Radio was incorporated.
1987The Tower Commission issued its report on the Iran-Contra affair, rebuking President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security staff.
1991Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that he had ordered his forces to withdraw from Kuwait.
1995Barings PLC, Britain's oldest investment banking firm, collapsed after a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices.
2001A U.N. tribunal convicted Bosnian Croat political leader Dario Kordic and military commander Mario Cerkez of war crimes for ordering the systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.
2012Trayon 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.)
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk turns 44 years old today.
AP Photo/Tom Gannam
Fats DominoR&B singer89
Mitch RyderRock singer72
Jonathan CainRock musician (Journey)67
Greg GermannActor ("Ally McBeal")59
Tim KaineU.S. senator, D-Va.59
Erykah BaduR&B singer46
Nate RuessSinger (fun.)35
Singer Michael Bolton turns 64 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini