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26/2/2006The 20th Winter Olympics close in Torino, Italy. The games begun on 10/2 with the participation of 2508 athletes from 80 countries in 84 events. Germany is placed first in the medals table with 29 (11-12-6), USA second with 25 (9-9-7) and Austria third with 23 (9-7-7)
26/2/2003Kurt Christian Goethals, former formula 1 racing driver from Belgium, dies aged 75 at Kortrijk
26/2/1997Russian football authorities lift the restrictions on foreigners' playing in Russian First Division
26/2/1993FIDE strips Garry Kasparov of his world title when he sets up PCA. On October 25, 1995 Kasparov beats 25 year-old Vishwanathan Anand 10.5 - 7.5 for the PCA title at the New York World Trade Center. Kasparov gets $900.000 and Anand $450.000
26/2/1967Vassilis Kyriakou scores 5 goals at the away match of Apollon Athens against Egaleo (2-6) for Division A of the greek football championship. 5 goals in a match have been scored by Tsokataridis (1962, Doxa Dramas-Fostir 5-0) and Costas Nestoridis (1963, AEK-Iraklis 5-0). This list will be completed with Giorgos Dedes (1969, Panionios-Olympiacos Nicosia 8-0), Drakos (1979, Rhodes-Kavala 8-1), Seitaridis (1981, Ethnikos - Atromitos Athens 10-0), Thomas Mavros (1985, AEK-Egaleo 5-2), Krzysztof Warzycha (1995 PAO-Panionios 5-3) and Demis Nikolaidis (1996, AEK-Kalamata 6-2)
26/2/1925Billiard champion Joe Schaefer beats Erica Hagenlacher 400-0. Schaefer's perfect game gave Hagenlacher no chance to reply
26/2/1918More than 600 people die when a section of the stands collapses at the Hong Kong Jockey Club
26/2/1863Goodman on ''Socks'' wins the first hurdles race under the rules of National Hunt in Market Harborough, Leicestershire
26/2/1839Jem Mason on ''Lottery'' wins the first Grand National in Aintree, Liverpool. Grand National is the world's biggest hurdles race


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