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Today In History - June 26

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Today in History in 1896 the first movie theater in the United States opened, charging 10 cents for admission; in 1977 Elvis Presley gave the last performance of his career in Indianapolis; and in 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is published, the first instalment of the bestselling series by J. K. Rowling.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 363 - Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield.
  • 1794 - Battle of Fleurus; major victory by forces of the First French Republic under General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan over the Coalition Army (Great Britain, Hanover, Dutch Republic, and Habsburgs) first use of reconnaissance balloon
  • 1797 - Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can't sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!
  • 1857 - The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria
  • 1894 - Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto
  • 1896 - 1st movie theater in US opens, charging 10 cents for admission
  • 1900 - Dr Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever
  • 1917 - 1st US Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I
  • 1934 - FDR signs Federal Credit Union Act, establishing Credit Unions
  • 1945 - United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career
  • 1979 - "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London
  • 1997 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is published, the first instalment of the best- selling series by J. K. Rowling

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1909 - "Col Tom" Parker, [Dries Van Kruijk], Neth, rock mgr (Elvis Presley)
  • 1911 - Babe Didrikson Zaharias [Mildred Ella], Port Arthur, Texas, American athlete (U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame)
  • 1956 - Chris Isaak, Stockton Ca, rock singer/songwriter (Wicked Game)
  • 1970 - Chris O'Donnell, actor (School Ties, Robin-Batman Forever)
  • 1974 - Derek Jeter, Pequanock NJ, shortstop (NY Yankees, Rookie of Year 1996)
  • 1993 - Ariana Grande, Boca Raton Florida, American singer (Problem, The Way)

Famous Weddings

  • 1739 - Taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus (32) weds Sara Elisabeth Moræa
  • 1797 - US President John Quincy Adams (29) weds Louisa Johnson (22) at All Hallows Barking parish in London
  • 1844 - 10th US President John Tyler marries 2nd wife Julia Gardiner in NYC, 1st president to marry while in office
  • 1915 - Author T. S. Eliot (26) weds governess Vivienne Haigh-Wood (27) at Hampstead Register Office in London
  • 1937 - Actress Mary Pickford (45) weds actor and band leader Charles Rogers (32)
  • 1955 - Actor Geoffrey Holder marries Carmen de Lavallade
  • 1961 - NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke (24) weds Jackie Forchette
  • 1972 - NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) weds second wife Sandra Lemon
  • 1982 - Marie Osmond marries Steve Craig
  • 1984 - Tiny Tim marries Miss Jan (23)
  • 1989 - Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson marry for 2nd time
  • 1993 - NHL scoring champion Mario Lemieux (27) weds longtime girlfriend Nathalie Asselin at Notre Dame Basilica in Canada
  • 1994 - Actor Brandon Cruz (32) weds Elizabeth Finkelstein (26)
  • 1996 - Actor Kiefer Sutherland (29) weds model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (34)
  • 1999 - Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy (52) weds freelance journalist Alexandra Llewellyn (32) in Manhattan
  • 2010 - Former WWE Diva Michelle McCool (30) weds fellow wrestler "The Undertaker" Mark Calaway (45) in Houston, Texas
  • 2010 - "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (31) weds concert producer Simone Sestito (25) at Santo Stefano degli Abissini in Vatican City, Italy
  • 2010 - "Shear Genius" TV personality finalist Janine Jarman (29) weds sales executive Matthew Wolcott (33) in Hollywood

Famous Divorces

  • 1972 - NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage
  • 1974 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 5th divorce from actor Richard Burton
  • 1975 - Cher divorces Sonny Bono

Famous Deaths

  • 1541 - Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.
  • 1984 - George H Gallup, pollster (Gallup Poll), dies at 82
  • 1992 - Phil Rubenstein, US, actor (Tango & Cash, Robocop), dies
  • 1993 - Roy Campanella, 3xMVP catcher (Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1997 - Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84
  • 2007 - Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (b. 1929)
  • 2012 - Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71

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