On This Day

On This Day in History for June 26 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1982 US vetos UN Security Council resolution for a limited withdrawal from Beirut of Israeli & Palestine Liberation Organization forces
  • 1983 "Loving" premieres on TV
  • 1984 1st flight of Shuttle Discovery (41-D) scrubbed at T -4

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1985 Portugal's Socialist Prime Minister Mário Soares resigns amid predictions that Parliament would be dissolved and elections called

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • 1987 Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announces his retirement
  • 1989 Canada updates its with a new portrait of the Queen
  • 1989 Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty
  • 1990 122°F in Phoenix Arizona
  • 1990 8 KS & OK radio stations boycott k d lang, due to her anti-meat ad
  • 1990 New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg release from hospital after fall

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1991 ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses congress

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1991 Amy Elizabeth Goodman, of California, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1992 India leases Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh
  • 1992 NYC's MTA votes to ban cigarette ads on Jan 1, 1993
  • 1992 Supreme Court rules fund soliciting can be banned at airports
  • 1993 Rebecca Jones, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Junior Miss

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1993 The U.S. launches a cruise missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H. W. Bush in April in Kuwait.

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1994 104°F (40°C) at Denver, Colorado
  • 1994 107°F (41.6°C) at Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1994 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas
  • 1994 122°F (50°C) at Laughlin, Nevada
  • 1994 126°F (52.2°C) in Death Valley, California
  • 1994 Air Ivory Fokker-27 crashes at Abidjan (16 killed/1 lives)

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1994 PLO leader Yasser Arafat returns to Gaza after 27 years

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

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1995 Gunmen ambush Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who escapes unharmed

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 1995 Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposes his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
  • 1996 Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
  • 1997 Galileo, Ganymede Observations (Orbit 9)
  • 1997 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds doctor-assisted suicide ban
  • 1997 U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Communications Decency Act, inconsistent with the 1st Amendment

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 1st book in J. K. Rowling's best-selling series, is published

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • 2003 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
  • 2008 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.
  • 2013 20 people are killed after a rescue helicopter crashes in Uttarakhand
  • 2013 Kevin Rudd defeats Julia Gillard in a leadership battle to become Australian Prime Minister
  • 2014 Following the military coup in Thailand, people are warned that anyone calling for protest on social media will be prosecuted for sedition

  • 2015 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 same-sex marriage is a legal right across all US states
  • 2015 Gunman opens fire at beach resort in Sousse, Tunisia, killing 38. Isis claims responsibility.
  • 2015 Saudi suicide bomber kills 27 at Shia Imam al-Sadiq mosque in Kuwait, 227 injured

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

2015 Greek Credit Crisis: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls for a Greek referendum on new bailout terms

Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras
Prime Minister of Greece
Alexis Tsipras
  • 2016 City of Falluja freed from Islamic State control after a month-long campaign by Iraqi forces
  • 2016 Iceland’s presidential election is won by history professor Guðni Jóhannesson
  • 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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2017 Theresa May's UK Conservative minority party strike deal to govern with Northern Ireland's DUP with guarantee of 1 billion funding

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 2017 Brazilian state prosecutors file corruption charges against President Michel Temer
  • 2017 Helicopter with rogue police pilot attacks Venezuelan Supreme Court in Caracas

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2018 US Supreme Court upholds President Trump's travel ban against mostly Muslim countries

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Quriyat, Oman, registers highest "low" temperature for a day ever recorded of 42.5 degrees
  • 2018 Sudanese court overturns death sentence for teenager who killed the husband after he raped her
  • 2018 India is named the most dangerous country to be a women because of sexual violence and slave labour by the Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • 2018 First high level talks between Ethiopian and Eritrean officials in 20 years begins in Addis Ababa
  • 2018 Hello Kitty bullet train unveiled by the West Japan Railway

Historic DiscoveryPolio

2018 Polio outbreak confirmed in New Guinea by WHO, 18 years after it was declared free of the disease

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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  • 2019 Two US Florida towns pay hackers considerable ransom to unfreeze their computer systems; Riviera Beach $600,00 and Lake City $500,000
  • 2019 More than 5,000 smuggled turtles discovered in luggage at Kuala Lumpur Airport, Malaysia, bound for India
  • 2019 Highest ever June temperatures recorded in Germany (38.6C), Poland (38.2C) and the Czech Republic (38.9C) during week-long heatwave in Europe
  • 2020 New York Times says Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan

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