Today in History for 26th June 2021

Historical Events

1910 – US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Defending champion Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Louise Hammond 6-4, 6-2
1960 – British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain
1992 – NYC’s MTA votes to ban cigarette ads on Jan 1, 1993
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.
2018 – Quriyat, Oman, registers highest “low” temperature for a day ever recorded of 42.5 degrees
2019 – Former Gambian beauty queen Fatou “Toufah” Jallow says she was raped by former President Yahya Jammeh as part of a Human Rights Watch and Trial International report

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Famous Birthdays

1934 – John V Tunney, American politician (Rep/Sen-D-California), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
1938 – Neil Abercrombie, American politician (Rep-D-Hawaii, 1986-88), born in Buffalo, New York
1943 – Allen Strange, American composer (Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls), born in Calexico, California
1980 – Jason Schwartzman, American actor (The Darjeeling Limited), born in Los Angeles, California
1988 – King Bach Andrew B. Bachelor, Canadian American internet personality (most watched in Vine), born in Toronto, Ontario
1992 – Jennette McCurdy, American actress (iCarly), born in Long Beach, California

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Famous Deaths

1863 – Andrew Hull Foote, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), dies at 56
1965 – Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system), dies at 69
1986 – Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
1993 – Willy C of Hemert, director/(text)poet (Small Truth), dies at 81
2012 – Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71
2015 – Ash Brownridge, American conservationist (National Wildlife Federation) creator of Ranger Rick, dies at 98

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