June 26 is the 177th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 188 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about June 26th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about June 26th in history!
Table of Contents
- National Beautician’s Day
- National Chocolate Pudding Day
- National Canoe Day
- International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
- International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
- Log Cabin Day
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