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The World Trade Center was bombed in 1993 – Chicago Tribune

Today’s Highlight in History:

On February 26, 1993, six people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured when a truck bomb built by Islamist extremists exploded in the parking lot of the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center. (The bomb failed to topple the North Tower into the South Tower, as the terrorists had hoped; both structures were destroyed in the September 11 attack eight years later.)

On this date:

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on the Island of Elba and returned to France with the aim of regaining power.

In 1904, the United States and Panama announced a treaty under which the United States agreed to undertake efforts to build a ship canal across the Panamanian isthmus.

In 1942, “How Green Was the Valley” won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Picture, beating out nine other films, including “The Maltese Falcon” and “Citizen Kane.”

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In 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain was developing its own atomic bomb.

In 1966, South Korean troops sent to fight in the Vietnam War massacred at least 380 civilians in the hamlet of Go Dai.

In 1987, the Tower Commission, which investigated the Iran-Contra affair, issued a report chastising President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security personnel.

In 1998, a jury in Amarillo, Texas, dismissed an $11 million lawsuit filed by Texas cattle ranchers who claimed Oprah Winfrey’s talk show was responsible for a price drop after a segment on food safety that included a discussion of mad cow disease.

In 2005, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered his country’s constitution to be amended to allow challengers to challenge the president in next fall’s elections.

In 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, during an argument with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he acted in self-defense. (Zimmerman was later acquitted of second-degree murder.)

In 2013, a hot air balloon burst into flames during a sunrise flight over the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor and later crashed to the ground from a height of 300 meters, killing 19 tourists.

In 2014, Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill introduced by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely religious beliefs to refuse service to homosexuals.

In 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stunned the Republican community by supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy for president.

At the Academy Awards in 2017, LGBT coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including best picture of 2016 (previously, in a surprising gaffe, the musical “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner ). error corrected).

In 2018, President Donald Trump, who was highly critical of law enforcement’s response to the Florida school shooting, told a room full of governors at the White House that he would have burst in unarmed if he had been there.

In 2020, the World Health Organization reported that the number of new coronavirus cases outside China exceeded the number of new infections in China for the first time.

Today’s birthdays: Actor-director Bill Duke is 81 years old. Singer Mitch Ryder is 79 years old. Actor Marta Kristen (TV: “Lost in Space”) is 79. Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 74. Singer Michael Bolton is 71. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey 70, Actor Greg Germann 66, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. 66, Group leader John McDaniel is 63, Actor-martial artist Mark Dacascos is 60, Actor Jennifer Grant is 58. Rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 56 years old. Singer Erykah Badu is 53 years old. Actor Maz Jobrani (TV: “Superior Donuts”) 52. R&B singer Rico Wade (Society of Soul) 52. Olympic gold medal swimmer Jenny Thompson 51. R&B singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) 49. Actor Greg Rikaart 47. Rock musician Chris Culos (OAR) is 45. R&B singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 45. Pop singer Nate Ruess (fun) is 42. Former tennis player Li Na is 42, Latin singer Natalia Lafourcade is 40, and actor Teresa Palmer is 38.

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