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 - Jackie Gleason
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1916: Comedian and actor Jackie Gleason, best known for playing Ralph Kramden in the 1950s sitcom "The Honeymooners," is born in Brooklyn, New York. Gleason is also known for playing Minnesota Fats in the 1961 Paul Newman drama "The Hustler" and Buford T. Justice in the "Smokey and the Bandit" series. He died of colon cancer at age 71 on June 24, 1987.


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