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June 26th, 2008 (June 26 2008)EventThe U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.
June 26th, 2003 (June 26 2003)EventThe U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
June 26th, 1997 (June 26 1997)EventThe U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment
June 26th, 1996 (June 26 1996)EventIrish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
June 26th, 1995 (June 26 1995)EventHamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposes his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
June 26th, 1993 (June 26 1993)EventThe U.S. launches a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.
June 26th, 1991 (June 26 1991)EventTen-Day War- the Yugoslav people s army begins the Ten-Day War in Slovenia.
June 26th, 1978 (June 26 1978)EventAir Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
June 26th, 1977 (June 26 1977)EventThe 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.Stan Lee Quotes
June 26th, 1976 (June 26 1976)EventThe CN Tower, the world s tallest free-standing structure on land, is opened.
June 26th, 1975 (June 26 1975)EventIndira Gandhi establishes emergency rule in India.Indira Gandhi Quotes
June 26th, 1975 (June 26 1975)EventTwo 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.
June 26th, 1974 (June 26 1974)EventThe 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
June 26th, 1973 (June 26 1973)EventOn Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
June 26th, 1963 (June 26 1963)EventJohn F. Kennedy speaks the famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner" on a visit to West Berlin.John F. Kennedy Quotes
June 26th, 1960 (June 26 1960)EventThe former British Protectorate of Somaliland British Somaliland gains its independence.
June 26th, 1959 (June 26 1959)EventThe Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
June 26th, 1948 (June 26 1948)EventThe Western allies begin an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin.
June 26th, 1948 (June 26 1948)EventWilliam Shockley filed the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.
June 26th, 1945 (June 26 1945)EventThe United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco.
June 26th, 1940 (June 26 1940)EventWorld War II: under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union presents an ultimatum to Romania requiring it to cede Bessarabia and the northern part of Bukovina.
June 26th, 1936 (June 26 1936)EventInitial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
June 26th, 1934 (June 26 1934)EventPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
June 26th, 1927 (June 26 1927)EventThe Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island
June 26th, 1924 (June 26 1924)EventAmerican occupying forces leave the Dominican Republic.
June 26th, 1918 (June 26 1918)EventWorld War I, Western Front: Battle for Belleau WoodAllied Forces under John J. Pershing and James Harbord defeat Imperial German Forces under Wilhelm, German Crown Prince.James Wood Quotes
June 26th, 1917 (June 26 1917)Eventthe first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight alongside Britain, France, Italy, and Russia against Germany, and Austria-Hungary in World War I.
June 26th, 1870 (June 26 1870)EventThe Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
June 26th, 1857 (June 26 1857)EventThe first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London.
June 26th, 1848 (June 26 1848)EventEnd of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
June 26th, 1723 (June 26 1723)EventAfter a lasting siege and bombardment by cannons, Baku surrenders to the Russians.
June 26th, 1718 (June 26 1718)EventTsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great s son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
June 26th, 1541 (June 26 1541)EventFrancisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.
June 26th, 1483 (June 26 1483)EventRichard III is crowned king of England.
June 26th, 1409 (June 26 1409)EventWestern Schism: the Roman Catholic church is led into a double schism as Petros Philargos is crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.Alexander Pope Quotes
June 26th, 1284 (June 26 1284)EventAccording to legend, the Pied Piper lures 130 children away from Hamelin.
June 26th, 0363 (June 26 0363)EventRoman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield. Julian Quotes

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