On This Day

26th June

1284 – The legendary Pied Piper led 130 children out of Hamelin, Germany.

1483 – Richard III was crowned king of England.

1870 – The Christian holiday of Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.

1917 – The first U.S. troops arrived in France to fight alongside Britain, France, Italy, and Russia against Germany, and Austria-Hungary in World War I.

1945 – The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco.

1948 – The Western allies began an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockaded West Berlin.

1960 – The former British Protectorate of Somaliland British Somaliland gained its independence.

1963 – John F. Kennedy spoke the famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a doughnut), on a visit to West Berlin.

1974 - The bar code, allowing for the electronic scanning of prices, was used for the first time on a pack of gum at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

1977 – The Yorkshire Ripper killed 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.

1977 - Elvis Presley gave his last concert.

1991 – The Ten-Day War began in Slovenia.

1996 – Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin was shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin.

2015 - Militants murdered scores of people in seemingly unrelated attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility; the attacks following a message broadcast by Abu Mohammed al-Adnani to: “... make Ramadan a month of disasters for the infidels.” He doesn't seem to know much about Ramadan, does he? Just remember, people can drip their poison into your ears, but only you can decide whether to accept them into your heart.

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