What Happened on June 26

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
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Jun 26 in Film & TV

Jun 26 in Music

  • 1870 Richard Wagner's opera "Valkyrie", second in his Ring Cycle premieres in Munich, featuring "Ride of the Valkyries"

Jun 26 in Sport

Did You Know?

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

On June 26, 1284

Would You Believe?

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

On June 26, 1974

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