On This Day: June 26th

This is 178th day of the year and 188 days remain in the year.

in history
The bicycle was patented by W. K. Clarkson.
Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony.
The first Grand Prix motor race was held in Le Mans, France.
The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was opened.
President John Kennedy gave his, "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) speech in West Berlin.
The CN tower in Toronto opened, then the world's tallest free-standing structure.

The first map of the human genome, which required decoding more than 3 billion biochemical "letters" of human DNA, is completed.

Former South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond died at age 100.
June 26 BirthdaysPearl S. Buck1892–1973, American author, born in Hillsboro, W.Va., graduated Randolph-Macon Women's College, 1914.
Bernard Berensonart critic
William Learinventor
Babe Didrickson Zahariasathlete
Claudio Abbadoconductor

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