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February 26, 1908 -
Let's make some funny pictures.
Frederick Bean (Tex) Avery, animator, cartoonist, and another member of the legendary Termite Terrace was born on this date.
February 26, 1916 -
Thin people are beautiful, but fat people are adorable.
John Herbert Gleason, (The Great One) comedian, actor and musician was born on this day.
February 26, 1966 -
While Nancy Sinatra was on the same record label (Reprise) as her famous father, her record label was going to drop her because her first few singles flopped. Things changed when they teamed her with producer Lee Hazlewood. These Boots Are Made for Walkin' topped the charts on this date.
It was her first hit. In 1996, Nancy Sinatra gave a pair of white go-go boots she wore to promote this song to the Hard Rock Cafe in Beverly Hills.
February 26, 1988 -
John Water's great, albeit more mainstream feature (Water's first PG-rated film), Hairspray, opened on this date.
The role of Edna Turnblad was originally written for famed transsexual Christine Jorgensen. However, when the role of Tracy had to be rewritten, John Waters also rewrote the role of Edna in order to keep his friend and muse Divine in the production.
February 26, 1988 -
The science fiction film Alien from L.A., directed by Albert Pyun and starring Kathy Ireland was released in US theaters, on this date.
And the only reason to note it is because the MST3K guys spoofed it.
February 26, 1994 -
Bill Hicks, writer and comedian, died of pancreatic cancer on this date.
In the years after his death, Hicks' work has achieved significant admiration and acclaim.
Today in History:
February 26, 1815 -
One of the Top 10 prison breaks of all time
Napoleon managed to sneak past his guards and somehow escape from Elba, slip past interception by a British ship, and start on his return to France.
February 26, 1829 -
Levi Strauss, inventor and manufacturer of blue jeans was born, on this date.
He originally planned to make canvas tents for miners in the California gold rush, but soon found that durable pants sold better.
February 26, 1870 -
The Beach Pneumatic Transit, the first pneumatic-powered subway line in New York City was opened to the public on this date.
The tunnel was only a block long, and the line had only one car. Rush hour must have been a bitch.
February 26, 1918 -
The Grandstands at the Hong Kong Jockey Club collapsed and burnt, killing 604 spectators on this date. It was the worst disaster in sports history.
Even though mad dogs and Englishmen may go out in the midday sun - they apparently will not leave a burning stadium.
The good people at Volkswagen seem to overlook this anniversary every year.
February 26, 1970 -
National Public Radio (NPR) was created by Congressional mandate, along with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on this date.
February 26, 1974 -
A U.S. Senate report reveals Ford Motor's involvement in Nazi Germany's war efforts, for which CEO Henry Ford received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Adolf Hitler himself.
And some people worry about buying a BMW.
February 26, 1993 -
A bomb explodes on level B2 of the World Trade Center, creating a five story crater and leaving six dead and over 1,042 injured.
Mohammed A. Salameh was later arrested in connection with the bombing as he tries to claim a refund on a rented van believed to have carried the explosion.
Genius, sheer genius.
And so it goes.