June 26th – This Day in History- Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island

June 26, 2010
By Vannini

Notable 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.

1848 – End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.

1857 – The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London.

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

1924 – American occupying forces leave the Dominican Republic.

1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.

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

1948 – Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery is published in The New Yorker magazine.

1963 – John F. Kennedy speaks the famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner” on a visit to West Berlin.

1974 – The 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

1977 – The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who is not a prostitute.

1991 – Ten-Day War: the Yugoslav people’s army begins the Ten-Day War in Slovenia.

1993 – The United States 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.

1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

Notable Births

1798 – Wolfgang Menzel, German writer (d. 1873)

1824 – Lord Kelvin, Irish-born physicist (d. 1907)

1915 – Paul Castellano, American organized crime figure (d. 1985)

1924 – Kostas Axelos, Greek philosopher

1937 – Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist, Nobel laureate

1955 – Mick Jones, British guitarist (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite)

1974 – Derek Jeter, American baseball player

Notable Deaths

1688 – Ralph Cudworth, English philosopher (b. 1617)

1922 – Albert I, Prince of Monaco (b. 1848)

1956 – Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1930)

1993 – Roy Campanella, American baseball player (b. 1921)

2002 – Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)

2003 – Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)

2004 – Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)

2006 – Tommy Wonder, Dutch magician (b. 1953)


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