June 26 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

363 Roman Emperor Julian is killed during retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by 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

1857 The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria

1917 1st US troops arrive in France during World War I

1945 United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco

2016 Panama Canal’s third set of locks opens for commercial traffic, doubling the Canal’s capacity at an estimated cost of $5.25 billion

Today’s Historical Events

363 Roman Emperor Julian is killed during retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by troops on the battlefield.

684 St Benedict II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1243 Battle of Köse Dağ: Mongols under Baiju defeat Seljuk army of Sultan Kaykhusraw II during Mongol attacks in north east Turkey

1284 According to the Lüneburg manuscript, a piper leads 130 children of Hamelin away

1409 Council of Pisa selects Petros Philargi as 3rd Pope: Alexander V

1483 Duke of Gloucester succeeds as King Richard III of England after Parliament declared Edward V illegitimate

1498 Toothbrush invented in China using boar bristles

1553 Christ’s Hospital in England granted a charter

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1925 “The gold rush“, directed, starring and written by Charlie Chaplin, is released

1946 Fred Allen’s last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny

1953 KCTV (now KLST) TV channel 8 in San Angelo, TX (CBS) 1st broadcast

1959 9th Berlin International Film Festival: “The Cousins” wins Golden Bear

1962 WSEC (now WLRN) TV channel 17 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting

1964 14th Berlin International Film Festival: “Dry Summer” wins the Golden Bear

1971 21st Berlin International Film Festival: “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” wins the Golden Bear

1979 “Moonraker”, 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1870 Richard Wagner‘s opera “Valkyrie”, second in his Ring Cycle premieres in Munich, featuring “Ride of the Valkyries”

1912 Gustav Mahler’s 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna

1924 “Ziegfeld Follies of 1924”, featuring Billie Burke and W.C. Fields, opens at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC

1966 “Time for Singing” closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 41 performances

1971 “Man of La Mancha” closes at ANTA Wash Sq Theater NYC after 2329 performances

1973 London production of musical “Grease” premieres

1977 Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career

1979 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, accidentally crashes & kills a driver

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1899 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: R.F. Doherty wins 3rd straight Wimbledon singles championship; beats Arthur Gore 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

1906 Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)

1910 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Defending champion Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Louise Hammond 6-4, 6-2

1911 US Open Men’s Golf, Chicago GC: 19-year old John McDermott becomes first American born champion; wins in a playoff with Mike Brady and George Simpson

1916 Cleveland Indians experiment with numbers on their jerseys (one game)

1925 British Open Men’s Golf, Prestwick GC: English born American Jim Barnes captures his only Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Ted Ray and Archie Compston

1935 Surrey’s former England Test cricket batsman Andy Sandham scores his 100th first class century (103) v Hampshire at Basingstoke

1937 Test cricket debut of Len Hutton v NZ at Lord’s, scores 0 & 1