On this History Day – June 26 – Almanac
Today is Saturday June 26, the 177th day of 2021 with 188 to follow.
The moon is declining. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include renowned baseball pioneer Abner Doubleday in 1819; British physicist / inventor William Thomson Kelvin in 1824; Nobel Laureate for Literature Pearl Buck in 1892; German aircraft designer Willy Messerschmitt in 1898; William Lear, developer of the Lear jet, in 1902; actor Peter Lorre in 1904; champion athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias in 1911; musician Mick Jones in 1955 (66); musician Chris Isaak in 1956 (65); cyclist Greg LeMond in 1961 (60); the filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson in 1970 (51 years old); actor Chris O’Donnell in 1970 (51 years old); actor Sean Hayes in 1970 (51 years old); actor Nick Offerman in 1970 (51 years old); singer Gretchen Wilson in 1973 (48); former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in 1974 (age 47); actor Jason Schwartzman in 1980 (41 years old); actor Aubrey Plaza in 1984 (37); the actor King Bach in 1988 (33 years old); actor Jennette McCurdy in 1992 (29); singer Ariana Grande in 1993 (28); actor Jacob Elordi in 1997 (24 years old); actor Harley Quinn Smith in 1999 (22).
At this date in history:
In 1900, Dr. Walter Reed and his medical team launched a successful campaign to eradicate yellow fever in the Panama Canal area.
In 1917, the first troops of the American Expeditionary Force reached France during the First World War.
In 1939, the censors of the cinema approved Blown away by the wind but fined producer David O. Selznick $ 5,000 for objectionable language in Rhett Butler’s famous line to Scarlett O’Hara: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t care.”
In 1945, the Charter of the United Nations, drawn up at a conference in San Francisco, was signed by representatives of 50 nations – the original members of the UN. The organization officially began operations on October 24, 1945. United Nations Day is October 24 of each year.
In 1948, two days after the start of the blockade of Berlin, the Western Allies organized the Berlin Airlift to deliver supplies to the people of West Berlin.
In 1959, US President Dwight Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain officially opened the St. Lawrence Seaway to Canada.
In 1974, the barcode, allowing electronic reading of prices, was used for the first time. The purchase was a packet of chewing gum from a supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
In 1976, the CN Tower, then the tallest freestanding structure in the world at 1,815 feet 5 inches tall, opened in Toronto.
In 1990, US President George HW Bush rejected his “no new taxes” campaign pledge, stating that “it is clear to me” that taxes are needed as part of a deficit reduction program.
In 1992, Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett resigned, accepting responsibility for the “Tailhook” incident involving the harassment of Navy women by Navy aviators.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack on Iraqi intelligence headquarters in Baghdad after “compelling evidence” showed Saddam Hussein’s regime plotted to assassinate former President George HW Bush in 1992.
In 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling was published, launching the debut of a book and a seven-book series that captured the world’s imaginations and spurred several films and various spinoffs.
In 2000, two rival groups of scientists announced that they had deciphered the genetic code, the human genome.
In 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to carry a firearm for private use, but said the ruling did nothing to change the banning the possession of a firearm by criminals or the mentally ill, or the carrying of a firearm in “sensitive” areas such as schools or public buildings.
In 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states are constitutionally obligated to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
In 2019, two Florida cities – Riviera Beach and Lake City – paid hackers hundreds of thousands of dollars to give up control of their computer systems.
Thought for the day: “We should not let the limited perceptions of others define us. – American author / therapist Virginia Satir