On this day: February 26

POSTED: 11:02 AM PST Feb 25, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 25, 2014 

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 - Napoleon
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1815: Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba. He returned to Paris and ruled for a period now called the Hundred Days, before losing to British and Prussian forces at the Battle of Waterloo. He eventually was exiled again, this time to the island of Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean, where he would live until his death in 1821.

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