June 26

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.

1819 – The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.

1844 – John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the first President to marry while in office.

1870 – The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was opened to the public.

1894 – The American Railway Union called a general strike in sympathy with Pullman workers.

1900 – A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever.

1927 – The Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster opened in New York, NY.

1934 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act, which established credit unions.

1936 – The Focke-Wulf Fw 61 made its first flight. It is often considered the first practical helicopter.

1942 – The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter was flown for the first time.

1945 – The U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.

1959 – President Dwight Eisenhower joined Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1963 – President John Kennedy announced “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.

1971 – The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.

1974 – In Troy, OH, a Marsh supermarket installed the first bar code scanning equipment, made by IBM. A Universal Product Code (UPC) bar code was placed on Juicy Fruit gum and a bar code was scanned for the first time.

1975 – Sonny and Cher were divorced in Santa Monica, CA. Four days later, she marries Gregg Allman.

1976 – In Toronto, Canada, the CN Tower opened to the public. The official opening date is listed as October 1, 1976. At 1,815 foot
tall, it was the world’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest tower until 2010.

1977 – Elvis Presley’s final concert took place at Market Square Arena, in Indianapolis, IN.

1979 – Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.

1981 – In Mountain Home, ID, a woman named Virginia Campbell used her coupons and rebates to buy $26,460 worth of groceries for just 67 cents.

1985 – Wilbur Snapp was ejected after playing “Three Blind Mice” during a baseball game. The incident followed a call made by umpire Keith O’Connor.

1987 – The movie “Dragnet” opened in the U.S.

1996 – The Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support.

1997 – The Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the Internet.

1997 – J.K. Rowlings book “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published in the U.K. The book was later released in the U.S. under the name “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” This was the first book in the Harry Potter series.

1997 – The Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on doctor-assisted suicides.

1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor’s sexual misconduct toward an employee.

2000 – The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.

2002 – R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of child pornography in Chicago.

2002 – A federal appeals court in San Francisco, CA ruled that the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance violate the separation of church and state.

2002 – David Hasseloff checked into The Betty Ford Center for treatment of alcoholism.

2013 – The Supreme Court struck down the federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Dave Grusin 1934 – Composer, arranger, producer

Billy Davis, Jr. 1938 – Musician (The 5th Dimension)

John Beasley 1943 – Actor (“The Sum of All Fears”, TV’s “Everwood”)

Georgie Fame 1943 – Rhythm and blues, jazz singer, keyboard player

Pamela Bellwood 1951 – Actress (TV’s “Dynasty”)

Mick Jones 1955 – Musician (Clash, Big Audio Dynomite)

Chris Isaak 1956 – Musician (“Wicked Game”)

Patty Smyth 1957 – Singer

Greg LeMond 1961 – Road racing cyclist

Terri Nunn 1961 – Musician (Berlin)

Colin Greenwood 1969 – Musician (Radiohead)

Paul Thomas Anderson 1970 – Producer, director (“There Will Be Blood”, “Magnolia”, “Boogie Nights”, “Inherent Vice”)

Sean Hayes 1970 – Actor (TV’s “Will & Grace”, “Sean Saves the World”, movies “The Three Stooges”, “The Bucket List”, “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton”, “Martin and Lewis”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “Cats and Dogs”)

Chris O’Donnell 1970 – Actor (“Max Payne”, “Kit Kittredge: American Girl”, “Batman Forever”, “Batman & Robin”, “Kinsey”, TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Grey’s Anatomy”)

Derek Jeter 1974 – Retired New York Yankees shortstop and team captain

Chad Pennington 1976 – Football player, TV analyst (FOX)

Ryan Tedder 1979 – Singer (OneRepublic)

Jason Schwartzman 1980 – Actor (“Moonlight Kingdom”, “Funny People”, “The Darjeeling Limited”, “Rushmore”)

Kaitlin Cullum 1986 – Actress (TV’s “Grace Under Fire”)

Jennette McCurdy 1992 – Actress, singer (TV’s “iCarly”)

Ariana Grande 1993 – Singer, actress (“Victorious”)

 

TODAY IS:

Beautician’s Day

Canoe Day

Chocolate Pudding Day

Please Take My Children To Work Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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