Sunday June 26 2016
Historical events of June 26
1986Congress approves $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua.
1973White House Counsel John Dean admits President Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up.
1964President Lyndon Johnson orders 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
1962The U.S. Supreme Court bans official prayers in public schools.
1959The Cuban government seizes 2.35 million acres under a new agrarian reform law.
1950North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
1948The Soviet Union tightens its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.
1946Ho Chi Minh travels to France for talks on Vietnamese independence.
1941Finland declares war on the Soviet Union.
1921Samuel Gompers is elected head of the American Federation of Labor for the 40th time.
1920The Greeks take 8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna.
1903George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair), novelist, essayist and critic (Animal Farm, 1984).
1903Marie Curie announces her discovery of radium.
1887George Abbott, American playwright, director and producer (Three Men on a Horse, Damn Yankees).
1886Henry (Hap) Arnold, U.S. Army Air Force general during World War II.
1881Crystal Eastman, suffragist.
1876General George A. Custer and over 260 men of the Seventh Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in Montana.
1868The U.S. Congress enacts legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the federal government.
1864Union troops surrounding Petersburg, Virginia, begin building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.
1862The first day of the Seven Days' campaign begins with fighting at Oak Grove, Virginia.
1857Gustave Flaubert goes on trial for public immorality regarding his novel, Madame Bovary.
1767Mexican Indians riot as Jesuit priests are ordered home.
1658Aurangzeb proclaims himself emperor of the Moghuls in India.
841Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeat Lothar at Fontenay.
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