26 June

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

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • 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

Historic Events

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.

Famous Birthdays

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

Heartbreaking Deaths

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

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