Today In History

June 26, 2017

Historical Events

1962 – NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 6,606 kph, 37,700 m
1963 – Phillies Johnny Callison hits for cycle, but Phillie centerfielder Tony Gonzalez’s error ends his record 205 consecutive errorless games
1969 – 50,000 attend Denver Pop Festival
1994 – 118°F (47.8°C) at Lakewood, New Mexico a state record
2001 – Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country.
2007 – The Brazilian Military Police invades the favelas of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre.

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Famous Birthdays

1880 – Helen Keller, American blind-deaf author and lecturer, born in Tuscumbia, Alabama (d. 1968)
1932 – Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, born in Izmir, Turkey (d. 2015)
1956 – Jeff Odintz, horse trainer
1966 – Jeff Conine, outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Tacoma, Washington
1983 – Alsou, Russian singer
1985 – Nico Rosberg, German Finnish race car driver (F1 Champion 2016), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany

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Famous Deaths

444 – Cyrillus van Alexandria, patriarch of Alexandria, dies
1162 – Eudes II, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1118)
1844 – Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Mormon Church, shot by a mob at 38
1844 – Hyrum Smith, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob in Carthage Ill
1964 – Daniel Lazarus, French composer, dies at 65
2011 – Mike Doyle, English former footballer (b. 1946)

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