26th June, on this day

363 Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield.
684 St Benedict II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1284 The day, according to legend, when the 'Pied Piper' re-appeared in the German town of Hamelin. After ridding the town of rats the townspeople refused to pay him. So he began playing his pipe and 130 children from the town followed him into a cave in Koppenburg Mountain which he then sealed
1402 Battle of Casalecchio
1409 Western Schism: The Roman Catholic church is led into a double schism as Petros Philargos is crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.
1483 Richard, Duke of Gloucester, becomes King Richard III of England. His nephew, the deposed King Edward V and Edward's brother, Richard Duke of York are murdered in the Tower of London
1541 Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Diego is later caught and executed.
1718 Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great's son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
1723 After a lasting siege and firing from the cannons Baku surrendered to Russians.
1797 Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can't sell it to
farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!
1848 End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
1857 The first investiture ceremony for Victoria Cross winners takes place in Hyde Park, London. Queen Victoria personally awards 62 servicemen with Britain's highest military honour
1862 Battle of Beaver Dam Creek-Union repulse Confederacy in Virginia
1862 Day 2 of the 7 Days-Battle of Mechanicsville
1870 The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1900 Dr Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever
1906 The first official motor racing grand prix, the French Grand Prix, is run at Le Mans with Hungarian Ferenc Szisz, driving a Renault, the winner with an average speed of 63mph
1909 In London, the Victoria & Albert Museum opens to the public
1911 Nieuport sets an aircraft speed record of 83 mph (133 kph)
1916 Cleveland Indians experiment with #s on their jerseys (one game)
1917 World War I: King George V of England drops the German titles from the British Royal Family and changes their surname from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor. The name Battenberg is also changed to Mountbatten
1917 1st American Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I
1918 Battle for Belleau Wood - Allied Forces under John J. Pershing and James Harbord defeat Imperial German Forces under Wilhelm, German Crown Prince.
1919 1st issue of NY Daily News published
1924 After 8 years of occupation, US troops leave the Domincan Republic
1934 FDR signs Federal Credit Union Act establishing credit unions
1937 Britain's Duke of Windsor marries American divorcee Wallis Simpson in France following his abdication from the throne as Edward VIII
1939 Britain's first National Serviceman, Private Rupert Alexander, signs up for the Middlesex Regiment. His service number: 10000001
1940 End of USSR experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6/27
1940 Under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union presents an ultimatum to Romania requiring it to cede Bessarabia and northern part of Bukovina.
1941 Finland enters WW II against Russia
1945 UN Charter signed by 50 nations in SF
1948 US denounces Soviet blockade of Berlin. The Western allies start an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union has blockaded West Berlin.
1948 William Shockley filed the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.
1949 Walter Baade discovers asteroid Icarus inside orbit of Mercury
1957 Hurricane Audrey strikes Louisiana claiming 500 lives
1958 Vanguard SLV-2 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
1959 Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower open the St Lawrence Seaway
1960 British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain
1960 Madagascar gains independence from France (National Day)
1963 Kennedy visits W Berlin "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner)
1964 Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night" album
1968 Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US
1973 On Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
1974 The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
1974 British actor Richard Burton divorces his wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor
1975 Indian PM Indira Gandhi declares a state of emergency
1976 The CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world, was opened.
1977 The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she was the first victim who was not a prostitute
1977 42 die in fire inmate causes at Maury County Jail in Columbia, Tenn
1978 Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overran the runway and crashed into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers onboard died.
1978 Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France
1978 First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched
1982 Marie Osmond marries Steve Craig
1982 US vetos UN Security Council resolution for a limited withdrawal
from Beirut of Israeli and Palestine Liberation Organization forces
1984 1st flight of Shuttle Discovery (41-D) scrubbed at T -4s
1989 Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson marry for the 2nd time
1991 After campaigning to prove their innocence for 15 years, the 'Maguire Seven' are cleared by the Court of Appeal of running an IRA bomb factory in England
1993 The U.S. launches a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.
1995 Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposed his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
1996 Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
1997 Dresses belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales are auctioned for more than £2million in New York
2006 The Republic of Montenegro becomes the 192nd member of the United Nations.

26th June 2006

Demands set for captured Israeli

Alarm at Europe cocaine use rise

Buffett donates $37bn to charity

26th June 2007

Nato urges calm in Russia dispute

CIA releases past secrets on site

Galapagos put on UN danger list

26th June 2008

N Korea hands over nuclear data

Many killed in Iraqi bomb attacks

Internet overhaul wins approval

26th June 2009

World mourns pop icon Jackson

Bomb blast at Baghdad market

Pakistan troops killed in Kashmir

26th June 2010

11 Senegal football fans killed in terrace collapse

'US drone' kills 4 in Pakistan

3D mission returns pictures

Birthdates which occurred on 26th June :

1702 Dr Philip Doddridge England, nonconformist clergyman
1730 Charles Messier cataloguer of "M objects"
1742 Arthur Middleton signer Declaration of Independence
1763 George Morland England, artist of rural landscapes
1819 Abner Doubleday credited with inventing American baseball
1824 William Thomson Lord Kelvin, engineer/mathematician/physicist
1854 Sir Robert Laird Borden (C), 8th Canadian PM (1911-20)
1865 Bernard Berenson art critic (Italian Painters of the Renaissance)
1887 Anthony G de Rothschild Britain, philanthropist
1892 Hubert Julian (Jay) Stowitts the first American star in the Russian ballet, and Anna Pavlova's only American partner
1892 Pearl S Buck China, author (Good Earth-Nobel 1938)
1893 Big Bill Broonzy Miss, blues singer/guitarist (Blues by Broonzy)
1894 Bill Wirges Buffalo NY, orch leader (Growing Paynes)
19-- Travis Fine actor (Ike McSwain-The Young Riders)
1901 Stuart Symington (Sen-D-Mo)
1902 Antonia Brico Rotterdam Holland, conductor/pianist (Antonia)
1903 Floyd "Babe" Herman Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average)
1904 Peter Lorre actor (M, Casablanca, Beast with 5 Fingers)
1909 Col Tom Parker Elvis Presley's manager
1911 Edward Levi professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning)
1913 Maurice Wilkes inventor (stored program concept for computers)
1914 Richard Maltby orch leader (Vaughn Monroe Show)
1914 Wolfgang Windgassen Annemasse Germany, tenor (Stuttgart Opera)
1916 Alex Dreier Honolulu Hawaii, newscaster (Whats it all about World?)
1922 Eleanor Parker Ohio, actress (Caged, Detective Story, Hans Brinker)
1922 Frances Rafferty Sioux City Iowa, actress (December Bride)
1925 Pavel Belyayev USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod 2)
1928 Jacob Druckman Philadelphia, composer (Animus I Auerole)
1933 Claudio Abbado Milan Italy, conductor (London Symph-1982)
1933 Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Calif, actor (Happy Days, Karate Kid)
1933 Pat Morita Calif, actor (Arnold-Happy Days, Karate Kid)
1934 John V Tunney (Rep/Sen-D-Calif)
1939 Charles Robb (Sen-D-Va)/husband of Lynda Bird Johnson
1940 Billy Davis Jr St Louis Mo, singer (5th Dimension-One Less Bell)
1942 Larry Taylor rocker (Canned Heat-On the Road Again)
1943 Georgie Fame rocker (Get Away, Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde)
1946 Clive Francis London England, actor (Masada)
1951 Pamela Bellwood NYC, actress (Ellen-W.E.B., Claudia-Dynasty)
1954 Robert Davi actor (Raw Deal)
1955 Mick Jones rocker (Big Audio Dynamite-Tighten Up)
1960 Barbara Edwards Albuqueque NM, playmate of the year (Sept, 1983)
1963 Devin Rene‚ De Vasquez Baton Rouge La, playmate (June, 1985)
1964 Zeng Jinlian Hunan China, became tallest woman known (2.46 m, 8'1")


Deaths which occurred on June 26th:
1906 Alexander Muir poet (The Maple Leaf Forever), dies at 76
1938 James Weldon Johnson dies of injuries received in car crash
1967 Francoise Dorl‚ac actress (That Man From Rio), dies at 35
1983 Walter O'Keefe songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 82
1984 Carl Foreman producer, dies of cancer at 69

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