Today In History, June 26, Guest hosted by patternpuzzler!

Welcome to today’s Tidbits of History, June 26th!

1284 Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away (actually happened) “Our first clue about what really happened in the town of Hamelin comes from a stained glass window that stood in the town’s Market Church until it was destroyed in 1660…”

1498 Toothbrush invented in China using boar bristles

1721 Dr Zabdiel Boylston gives first smallpox inoculations in America

1797 Charles Newbold patents first cast-iron plow, though farmers fear effects of iron on soil

1807 Lightning hits gunpowder warehouse in Luxembourg; 230 die Lightning kills approximately 73 people every year in the United States alone, but victims are almost always killed one at a time. The Luxembourg disaster may have been the most deadly lightning strike in history.

1848 First pure food law enacted in US Early history of food regulation:

1870 First section of Atlantic City (NJ) Boardwalk opens

1870 The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.

1894 Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto

1896 First movie theater in the US opens – Vitascope Hall in New Orleans, charging 10 cents for admission – $2.67 in today’s currency

1900 Dr Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever

1911 Nieuport sets an aircraft speed record of 83 mph (133 kph)

1917 First US Expeditionary Force arrives in France during World War I

1927 The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island

1934 FDR signs Federal Credit Union Act, establishing Credit Unions

1934 Germany & Poland sign non-aggression treaty

1935 Work service for recent graduates becomes obligatory in Germany

1936 First flight of Fw61 helicopter

1940 End of USSR experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6/27 The Soviet calendar added five- and six-day work weeks between 1929 and 1940 to the Gregorian calendar adopted by Russia in 1918

1941 Lithuanian fascists massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno

1945 United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco …”establishing the world body as a means of saving “succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

1946 Fred Allen’s last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny. We don’t have Jack Benny on Fred Allen’s show, but we do have Fred Allen on Jack Benny’s show – See the Bonus Video!***

1948 US begin airlift “Operation Vittles” to West Berlin ” U.S. and British pilots begin delivering food and supplies by airplane to Berlin after the city is isolated by a Soviet Union blockade.”

1956 Congress passes the Federal Highway Act. the Federal Highway Act, which allocates more than $30 billion for the construction of some 41,000 miles of interstate highways; the bill was signed into law by President Eisenhower. (Allows for entanglement of state and federal funding, too…)

1958 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated. Read its history here:

1959 Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway The seaway, made up of a system of canals, locks, and dredged waterways, extends a distance of nearly 2,500 miles

1963 US President John F. Kennedy gives his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” (intended to mean “I am a Berliner”, but may actually mean “I am a doughnut”) speech in West Berlin

1964 Beatles release “A Hard Day’s Night” album ***

1968 Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US

1971 “Man of La Mancha” closes at ANTA Wash Sq Theater NYC after 2,329 performances

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

1975 Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.

1975 U.S. Supreme Court’s rules unanimously in “O’Connor v. Donaldson” that non-dangerous people can’t be confined to psychiatric facilities without adequate treatment if able to live viably in outside society

1977 Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career

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.

1978 First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched

1979 “Moonraker”, 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London

1989 Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty. Read about Juveniles and the Death Penalty at Findlaw:

1990 122°F in Phoenix Arizona

1991 Kentucky medical examiner announces Zachary Taylor died of natural causes, rather than the suspected arsenic poisoning:

1992 Supreme Court rules fund soliciting, also known as begging, can be banned at airports in a case brought by Hare Krishna You can read about it in the LA times –

1994 104°F (40°C) at Denver, Colorado

1994 107°F (41.6°C) at Albuquerque, New Mexico

1994 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas

1994 122°F (50°C) at Laughlin, Nevada

1994 126°F (52.2°C) in Death Valley, Calif

1997 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds doctor-assisted suicide ban

1997 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment “The CDA lacks the precision that the First Amendment requires when a statute regulates the content of speech,” Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the 7-to-2 majority, said. “Although the Government has an interest in protecting children from potentially harmful materials, the CDA pursues that interest by suppressing a large amount of speech that adults have a constitutional right to send and receive. Its breadth is wholly unprecedented.”

1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is published, the first installment of the best selling series by J. K. Rowling

2008 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.

2015 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 same-sex marriage is a legal right across all US states

2016 City of Fallujah freed from Islamic State control after a month-long campaign by Iraqi forces

2016 Panama Canal’s third set of locks opens for commercial traffic, doubling the Canal’s capacity at an estimated cost of $5.25 billion

*** Bonus Video: from 1953 – The Jack Benny Program “Fred Allen Show”

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8 Responses to Today In History, June 26, Guest hosted by patternpuzzler!

  1. patternpuzzler says:

    Stella, great job on the pics again! Thanks!

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  2. Interesting facts today! Thank you, puzzler and Stella!

    The scanning the first bar code at Marsh Supermarket in Ohio is of interest to me. My husband’s first regular job, after being a paperboy, was at Marsh Supermarket in Anderson, Indiana in the mid -70’s. Sadly all of them are gone now. Probably due to Walmart taking over.

    The Harry Potter phenomenon was a big hit in my house. My girls were addicted to the books and enjoyed the movies so much. We always had to get each book the day they came out and see each movie as closeto, if not on opening day, as possible! It was fun. Good memories!

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  3. auscitizenmom says:

    This date was an interesting one in history. Lots of things going on. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. czarowniczy says:

    1284: investigators later learned that the Piper was actually catering a DC pizza party.

    Liked by 1 person

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