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Calendar for February 26th, 2013

Born 1802: Victor Hugo (author, Les Miserables)

Born 1829: Levi Strauss (manufacturer)

Born 1846: Buffalo Bill (Army scout)

Born 1852: John Harvey Kellogg (physician)

1863: President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act, establishing a national banking system and uniform currency

Born 1914: Robert Alda (actor)

Born 1916: Jackie Gleason (actor & comedian)

1919: Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona was established

Born 1920: Tony Randall (actor)

Born 1928: Fats Domino (singer)

1929: Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is established

Born 1932: Johnny Cash (singer)

Born 1937: Hagood Hardy (composer)

1940: Spelling Bee, the first quiz show, aired on television

Born 1956: Adrian Dantley (basketball player)

1963: NASA announced that Venus is about 800 degrees F

1972: Buffalo Creek disaster: 50 foot wall of water smashed down a narrow valley when a dam broke, West Virginia

Born 1973: Jenny Thompson (Olympic swimmer)

Born 1979: Corinne Bailey Rae (singer)

1986: Robert Penn Warren named U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

Died 1993: Constance Ford (actress)

Born 1993: Taylor Dooley (actress)

1993: A powerful bomb exploded in an underground parking lot of the World Trade Center in NYC, killing 6 people

Died 1997: David Doyle (actor)

Died 2006: Bill Cardoso (writer who coined the term "gonzo" to describe the unrestrained participatory journalism practiced by Hunter S. Thompson and others)

Died 2009: Wendy Richard (actress)

2012: At age 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner after receiving the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners