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This Day in History for June 26

1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow, thought farmers fear effects of iron on soil.

1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US.

1870 – 1st section of Atlantic City (NJ) Boardwalk opens.

1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto.

1917 – 1st US troops arrive in France during World War I.

1919 – NY Daily News begins publishing.

1934 – FDR signs Federal Credit Union Act, establishing Credit Unions.

1945 – United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco..

1946 – Fred Allen’s last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny.

1958 – Vanguard SLV-2 launched for Earth orbit (failed)

1963 – US President John F. Kennedy gives his famous “ich bin ein Berliner” (intended to mean “I am a Berliner”, but may actually mean “I am a doughnut”) speech in West Berlin.

1968 – Executive Council decides both American League and National League baseball leagues to divide into 2 divisions.

1968 – Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US.

1974 – 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.

1975 – U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously in “O’Connor v. Donaldson” that non-dangerous people can’t be confined to psychiatric facilities without adequate treatment if able to live viably in outside society.

1989 – Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty.

1992 NYC’s MTA votes to ban cigarette ads on January 1, 1993.

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.

2008 – The US Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.

2018 – US Supreme Court upholds President Trump’s travel ban against mostly Muslim countries.

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