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This Day in History – June 26

This Day In History1498 – Toothbrush invented in China using boar bristles.

1721 – Dr. Zabdiel Boylston gives 1st smallpox inoculations in America.

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

1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US.

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

1900 – Dr. Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever.

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.

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

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

1971 – “Man of La Mancha” closes at ANTA Washington Square Theater, NYC, after 2329 performances.

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.

1977 – Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career.

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

1991 – Charlotte Hornets make Larry Johnson of UNLV, NBA’s #1 draft pick.

1992 – Supreme Court rules fund soliciting can be banned at airports.

1997 – The US Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment.

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

2015 – US Supreme Court rules 5-4 same-sex marriage is a legal right across all US states.

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