Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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About June 26

June 26, 2016 is the 178th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 216 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On June 26

  • 1857
    The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London.
  • 1907
    The 1907 Tiflis bank robbery took place in Yerevan Square, now Freedom Square, Tbilisi.
  • 1948
    Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery is published in The New Yorker magazine.
  • 1955
    The South African Congress Alliance adopts the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.
  • 1959
    The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America’s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
  • 1960
    The former British Protectorate of British Somaliland gains its independence as Somaliland.
  • 1977
    The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who is not a prostitute.
  • 1991
    Ten-Day War: the Yugoslav people’s army begins the Ten-Day War in Slovenia.
  • 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 Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual right, and that the District of Columbia handgun ban is unconstitutional.

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