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26th February

1797 The first pound note was issued by the Bank of England.

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba.

1839 The first Grand National Steeplechase was run at Aintree, Liverpool.

1846 * Buffalo Bill (Colonel William Frederick Cody), frontiersman and showman.

1901 Leaders of the Boxer Uprising in China, Chi-hsui and Hsu Cheng-yu, were beheaded.

1919 The Grand Canyon National Park was established.

1928 * 'Fats' Domino, US singer and pianist.

1932 * Johnny Cash, US country singer.

1935 Radar was first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt.

1936 The Volkswagen Beetle car was first launched by Adolf Hitler.

1947 * Sandie Shaw, English pop singer who sang 'Puppet on a String'.

1952 Winston Churchill told the House of Commons that Britain had an atomic bomb.

1968 Twenty-one female patients died in a fire which sweeps through a wing of the Shelton Mental Hospital near Shrewsbury.

1987 The Church of England's General Synod voted by a huge majority in favour of the ordination of women priests.

1991 The Kuwaiti capital is liberated by the Gulf War Allies after 208 days of Iraqi occupation.

1993 At the World Trade Centre in New York, a bomb exploded. The blast killed six people and injured more than 1,000.

2000 Former British spy David Shayler was sued by the government for breach of confidence and contract.

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