On this day in 1929, The First ever Academy Awards were held in Hollywood. The Awards ceremony was held at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor the outstanding film achievements of the 1927/1928 film season. The 84th Academy Awards, honoring films in 2011, was held at the Hollywood and Highland Center on February 26, 2012.

In 1888, The first demonstration of recording on a flat disc was demonstrated by Emile Berliner.

In 1946, Jack Mullin showed the world the first magnetic tape recorder.

In 1963, After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending Project Mercury.

In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

In 1991, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.

In 1997, President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire ended 32 years of autocratic rule when rebel forces led by Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.