Today in History: June 26, First Harry Potter Book Published | Health
Today is Sunday, June 26, the 177th day of 2022. There are 188 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On June 26, 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.
In 1917, the first troops of the American Expeditionary Force deployed in France during the First World War landed in Saint-Nazaire.
In 1925, Charles Chaplin’s classic comedy “The Gold Rush” premiered at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
In 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and sea routes to Berlin’s isolated western sector.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech of solidarity with the city’s residents, declaring, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).
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In 1977, 42 people were killed when a fire sent toxic smoke into the Maury County Jail in Columbia, Tennessee. Elvis Presley gave his last concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
In 1990, President George HW Bush reneged on his “no new taxes” campaign promise, conceding that tax increases should be included in any deficit reduction program worked out with congressional negotiators.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced that the United States had launched missiles against Iraqi targets due to “irrefutable evidence” that Iraq had plotted to assassinate former President George HW Bush.
In 1996, the Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state aid.
In 1997, the first Harry Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by JK Rowling (ROHL’-ing), was published in the UK (it was later published in the US as “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.
In 2008, the United States Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia saying, 5-4, that an individual right to gun ownership existed.
In 2013, in ruling on its first cases on the issue, the United States Supreme Court gave the country’s legally married same-sex couples equal footing with all other married Americans and also paved the way for the resumption of same-sex marriages in California.
In 2020, after protesters in Washington, DC, attempted to pull down a statue of Andrew Jackson, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to protect monuments, memorials and statues. Texas and Florida reversed course and clamped down on bars as the daily number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the United States hit a record high of 40,000.
Ten years ago: Sen. Orrin Hatch won the GOP Senate primary in Utah, easily fending off a tea-backed challenge from Dan Liljenquist (lihl-IHN’-kwihst). Essayist, author and filmmaker Nora Ephron, 71, has died in New York.
Five years ago: President Donald Trump welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN’-drah MOH’-dee) to the White House as the two leaders announced an increasingly close strategic partnership. The Supreme Court has said Trump could go ahead with a limited version of his travel ban from six majority Muslim countries. Helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand won the America’s Cup with a resounding fight against software mogul Larry Ellison’s two-time defending champion, Oracle Team USA. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook capped off his historic season at the inaugural NBA awards show, winning the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player award.
A year ago: Fire and smoke from inside the remains of a collapsed 12-story condominium tower near Miami hampered search efforts. Former President Donald Trump returned to a rally stage in Ohio for his first campaign-style event since leaving the White House; he resumed his election grievances and baseless allegations of fraud. The Celebrity Edge has become the first cruise ship to leave a US port since the coronavirus pandemic crippled the industry for 15 months; passenger numbers were limited to 40% of capacity as the ship left Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with virtually all vaccinated against COVID-19.
Today’s birthdays: Jazz musician and film composer Dave Grusin turns 88. Actor Josef Sommer is 88 years old. Singer Billy Davis Jr. is 84 years old. Rock singer Georgie Fame is 79 years old. Actor Clive Francis is 76 years old. R&B singer Brenda Holloway is 76 years old. Actor Michael Paul Chan is 72 years old. Actor Robert Davi is 71 years old. Singer-musician Mick Jones is 67 years old. Actor Gedde Watanabe (GEH’-dee wah-tah-NAH’-bee) is 67 years old. Rock singer Chris Isaak is 66 years old. Rock singer Patty Smyth is 65. Singer Terri Nunn (Berlin) is 63. Greg LeMond, a member of the American Cycling Hall of Fame, is 61 years old. Country musician Eddie Perez (The Mavericks) is 54. Rock musician Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 53 years old. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is 52 years old. Actor Sean Hayes is 52 years old. Actor Matt Letscher is 52 years old. Actor Chris O’Donnell is 52 years old. Actor Nick Offerman is 52 years old. Actor Rebecca Budig is 49 years old. Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter is 48 years old. Contemporary Christian musician Jeff Frankenstein (Newsboys) is 48. Country singer Gretchen Wilson is 48 years old. Rock musician Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) is 43 years old. musician Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) is 43 years old. Actor-musician Jason Schwartzman is 42 years old. Actor Aubrey Plaza is 38 years old. Actress-singer Jennette McCurdy is 30 years old. Actress-singer Ariana Grande is 29 years old.
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