History provides a chronological, statistical, and cultural record of the historical events, people, and movements that have made an impact on humankind and the world at large throughout the ages. Investigating the causes and results of historical events is critically important in gaining a full understanding and perspective of present-day issues. Each day in history has its significance. The importance of each day is signified by many happenings that took place on that particular day.
June 26 is the 177th day of the year 2020 (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.
What is the importance of today in world history? Discover what happened today in history.
Highlights of this day in history: In 1963, President John F. Kennedy rallies West Berlin during the Cold War. The United Nations Charter signed. Scientists’ complete first rough map of the human genetic code; Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Gold Rush’ premieres.
1893: Illinois Gov. John P. Altgeld issued a controversial pardon for three anarchists convicted after the Haymarket Riot. The riot had occurred in Chicago in May of 1886 after 180 police officers advanced on 1,300 persons listening to speeches by labor activists and anarchists. A bomb was thrown. Seven police were killed and over 50 wounded. Four anarchists were then charged with conspiracy to kill, convicted, and hanged while another committed suicide in jail. Three others were given lengthy jail terms, then pardoned by Gov. Altgeld in a move that likely cost him his political walk.
1944:The Republican national convention opened in Chicago with a keynote speech by California Governor Earl Warren. In an unusual Major League Baseball experiment, the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees played a three-way (or “tri-cornered”) exhibition game at the Polo Grounds to benefit war bonds. (Final score: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.).
1974: The supermarket price scanner made its debut in Troy, Ohio, as a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum costing 67 cents and bearing a Uniform Product Code (UPC) was scanned by Supermarket Marsh cashier Sharon Buchanan for customer Clyde Dawson. (The barcoded package of gum, never chewed, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.).