26 JUNE
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Antoine Rivarol, 1753
  • Abner Doubleday, 1819
  • Bernard Berenson, 1865
  • Sidney Howard, 1891
  • Pearl Buck, 1892
  • Willy Messerschmitt, 1898
  • Stuart Symington, 1901
  • Peter Lorre, 1904
  • Col. Tom Parker, 1910
  • Babe Zaharias, 1914
  • Eleanor Parker, 1922
  • Colin Wilson, 1931
  • Claudio Abbado, 1933
  • Charles Robb, 1939
  • Georgie Fame, 1943
  • Mick Jones, 1956
  • Greg LeMond, 1961
  • Mikhail Khodorkovsky, 1963
  • Chris O'Donnell, 1970
  • Derek Jeter, 1974

Died On This Day:

  • Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate, AD 363
  • Francisco Pizarro murdered, 1541
  • Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, 1810
  • King George IV, 1830
  • Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1836
  • Simon Cameron, 1889
  • Ford Madox Ford, 1939
  • Carl Foreman, 1984
  • Roy Campanella, 1993
  • Strom Thurmond, 2003
  • Liz Claiborne, 2007
  • Nora Ephron, 2012

Today's Events:

  • 1284 - Traditional date of the legend that a Pied Piper came to Hamelin Germany; 130 children disappeared.
  • 1483 - Richard III begins rule of England.
  • 1614 - First lottery in America held by the Virginia Company. Prize 4,500 crowns.
  • 1797 - Charles Newbold of New Jersey granted patent on his cast iron plow.
  • 1819 - First bicycle patent granted to William Clarkson of New York for 'improved curricle.'
  • 1830 - On death of George IV, William IV ascends throne of England.
  • 1858 - Treaty of Tientsin ends Anglo Chinese War. Ports open, opium trade legalized.
  • 1870 - World's first boardwalk opens in Atlantic City, NJ; 1 mile long 10 foot wide path cost $5,000.
  • 1896 - America's first cinema opens in New Orleans-Vitascope Hall, 400 seats.
  • 1906 - First French Grand Prix of auto racing begins; oldest car race on European continent.
  • 1909 - Victoria and Albert Museum opens in London.
  • 1917 - American forces reach France, WWI.
  • 1945 - 2 months and 1 day after first meeting, United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations at San Francisco. 1948-Berlin airlift-U.S. blocks roads so Soviets can't force Western powers out of Berlin.
  • 1959 - Ingemar Johansson KO's Floyd Patterson in 3rd at N.Y. to become heavyweight boxing champ.
  • 1959 - Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower officially open St. Lawrence Seaway. Queen's Yacht sails on it.
  • 1963 - Kennedy greeted by million West Germans; famous speech 'Ich bin ein Berliner.'
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley gives final performance at Indianapolis. (Dies 2 months later)
  • 2000 - Scientists announce that 97% of the human genome has been mapped.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • John and Paul
  • Anthelm

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Madagascar (1960)
  • African Freedom Day

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SAVITRI-VRATA, Hindu Festival for women
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • SHAVUOT or Feast of Weeks (Jewish), on 6th or 7th of lunar month Sivan.
  • ASCENSION (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTECOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • FATHER'S DAY (U.S.) Third Sunday in June.
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE DAY - Last Sunday in June
  • CHAGU-CHAGU UMAKKO or horse Festival in Morioka celebrated second Saturday in June
  • HARE KRISHNA RATHA YATRA CHARIOT CARNIVAL celebrated 3rd week in June.
  • AMBUBACHI MELA Festival at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India celebrated third week in June for 5 days

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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