June 26 in Pop Culture History
1498 – The bristle toothbrush was invented in China.
1797 – Charles Newbold was issued a patent (#X000177) for an improvement for the cast-iron plow
1807 – Lightning struck a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people.
1819 – The first US patent (#X003115) for a velocipede, a predecessor of the bicycle, was issued to William K. Clarkson Jr. of New York.
1870 – Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1906 – 1906 French Grand Prix, the first Grand Prix motor racing event was held. Ferenc Szisz, driving for the Renault team, won the two day event.
1926 – Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises novel was released.
1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney Island.
1934 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act, which established credit unions in the US.
1936 – The first flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first working helicopter, in Berlin, Germany.
1945 – The United Nations Charter was signed, in San Francisco.
1948 – Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, was published in The New Yorker magazine.
1961 #1 Hit June 26, 1961 – July 9, 1961: Gary U.S. Bonds – Quarter to Three
1963 – US President John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech.
1965 #1 Hit June 26, 1965 – July 9, 1965: The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
1974 – The Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
1977 – Elvis Presley performed the final concert of his life in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1987 – Spaceballs, Full Metal Jacket and Dragnet were released in theaters
1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency Act violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
1998 – Doctor Dolittle and Buffalo ’66 debuted in theaters
2000 – The completion of a working draft reference DNA sequence of the human genome was announced at the White House by President Bill Clinton, and representatives from the Human Genome Project (HGP).
2009 – The Hurt Locker was released in theaters
2015 – Ted 2 debuted in theaters