On this day: February 26

POSTED: 11:02 AM PST Feb 25, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 25, 2016 

The Grand Canyon becomes a national park, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album hits No. 1, a truck bomb explodes under the World Trade Center, and teenager Trayvon Martin is shot and killed, all on this day.

OTD February 26 - Vern Gagne
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Minnesota Historical Society

1926: Professional wrestler Verne Gagne, a 16-time world heavyweight champion, is born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Gagne made his pro wrestling debut at age 23 in 1949 and wrestled until 1981. He's also the former owner/promoter of the Minneapolis-based American Wrestling Association, which was the predominant promotion throughout the Midwest for many years until it folded in 1991. Gagne holds the record for the most combined days as a world champion and is one of six men inducted into each of the WWE Hall of Fame, the WCW Hall of Fame, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. He died at the age of 89 on April 27, 2015.


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