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On This Day in History, June 26

What Happened On This Day – June 26

  • 1963 U.S. President John F. Kennedy holds his iconic “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech

    The speech was a welcome gesture of support for the people of West Berlin. East Germany had erected the Berlin Wall just two years earlier to stop mass emigration to the West.

  • 1945 The United Nations Charter is signed

    The United Nations is the world's most important international organization.

  • 1936 The world's first practical helicopter lifts off

    The twin-rotor Focke-Wulf Fw 61 was first tested in Bremen, Germany. None of the first prototypes survived World War II but a replica can be seen at the Hubschraubermuseum in Bückeburg, Germany.

  • 1925 Charlie Chaplin's film “The Gold Rush” receives its premiere

    The comedy featuring Chaplin in his famous Little Tramp role is a classic of the silent film genre. The English star actor repeatedly stated that this is the film he wants to be remembered for.

  • 1906 The first Grand Prix car race is held

    The competition was held on a circuit around Le Mans, France and organized by the Automobile Club de France (ACF). Renault's Ferenc Szisz won the competition.

Births On This Day – June 26

  • 1980 Michael Vick

    American football player

  • 1961 Greg LeMond

    American cyclist

  • 1942 Gilberto Gil

    Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, politician

  • 1909 Colonel Tom Parker

    Dutch/American talent manager

  • 1908 Salvador Allende

    Chilean physician, politician

Deaths On This Day – June 26

  • 1975 Josemaría Escrivá

    Spanish priest, saint, founded Opus Dei

  • 1957 Alfred Döblin

    German writer

  • 1856 Max Stirner

    German philosopher

  • 1830 George IV of the United Kingdom

  • 1810 Joseph-Michel Montgolfier

    French inventor, co-invented the hot air balloon