|June 26 in recent years
June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining until the end of the year.
- 363 - Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield.
- 684 - Benedict II becomes Pope.
- 1284 - According to legend, the Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away.
- 1409 - Western Schism: The Roman Catholic church is led into a double schism as Petros Philargos is crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.
- 1483 - Richard III becomes king of England.
- 1541 - Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Diego is later caught and executed.
- 1718 - Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great's son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
- 1723 - After a lasting siege and firing from the cannons Baku surrendered to Russians.
- 1807 - Lightning hits a warehouse in Luxembourg, killing 230 people.
- 1819 - The bicycle is patented.
- 1848 - End of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
- 1857 - The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London.
- 1870 - The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
- 1918 - World War I Western Front: Battle for Belleau Wood - Allied Forces under John J. Pershing & James Harbord defeat Imperial German Forces under Wilhelm.
- 1924 - American occupying forces leave the Dominican Republic.
- 1927 - The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island
- 1934 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
- 1934 - Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
- 1940 - World War II: Under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union presents an ultimatum to Romania requiring it to cede Bessarabia and northern part of Bukovina.
- 1945 - The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco.
- 1948 - The Western allies start an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union has blockaded West Berlin.
- 1948 - William Shockley filed the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.
- 1959 - The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America's Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
- 1960 - Former British Protectorate of Somaliland British Somaliland gains its independence
- 1963 - John F. Kennedy speaks the famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner" on a visit to West Berlin.
- 1973 - On Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 people are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
- 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
- 1975 - Indira Gandhi establishes authoritarian rule in India.
- 1975 - Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
- 1976 - The CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world, was opened.
- 1977 - The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she was the first victim who was not a prostitute.
- 1978 - Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overran the runway and crashed into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers onboard died.
- 1981 - Couples For Christ, a Christian charismatic organization, established in the Philippines.
- 1992 - Denmark wins the European Football Championship title by beating Germany 2-0 in Nya Ullevi stadium (Gothenburg,Sweden)
- 1993 - The U.S. launches a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.
- 1995 - Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposed his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
- 1996 - Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin
- 1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment
- 1997 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling is published in the United Kingdom.
- 2003 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas.
- 2006 - The Republic of Montenegro becomes the 192nd member of the United Nations.
- 1575 - Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1612)
- 1681 - Hedwig Sophia, Swedish writer (d. 1708)
- 1689 - Edward Holyoke, American academic (d. 1769)
- 1694 - Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and minerologist (d. 1768)
- 1702 - Philip Doddridge, English religious leader (d. 1751)
- 1703 - Thomas Clap, American academic (d. 1767)
- 1819 - Abner Doubleday, American Major General (d. 1893)
- 1824 - Lord Kelvin, Irish-born physicist (d. 1907)
- 1838 - Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Bengali Novelist (d. 1894)
- 1854 - Robert Laird Borden, Canadian politician (d. 1937)
- 1865 - Bernard Berenson, American art historian (d. 1959)
- 1866 - George Herbert, English financier of Egyptian excavations (d. 1923)
- 1869 - Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (d. 1954)
- 1892 - Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
- 1895 - George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1950)
- 1898 - Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer (d. 1978)
- 1898 - Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (d. 1971)
- 1899 - Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1918)
- 1902 - Hugues Cuénod, Swiss Tenor
- 1904 - Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer (d. 1951)
- 1904 - Peter Lorre, Hungarian-born actor (d. 1964)
- 1906 - Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer (d. 1974)
- 1906 - Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer
- 1907 - Debs Garms, American baseball player (d. 1984)
- 1909 - Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager (d. 1997)
- 1911 - Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete (d. 1956)
- 1914 - Laurie Lee, British writer (d. 1997)
- 1915 - Charlotte Zolotow, American author
- 1919 - Richard Neustadt, American political historian (d. 2003)
- 1921 - Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent (d. 1945)
- 1922 - Eleanor Parker, American actress
- 1923 - Barbara Graham, American murderer (d. 1955)
- 1924 - Costas Axelos, Greek philosopher
- 1925 - Pavel Belyayev, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 1970)
- 1928 - Jacob Druckman, American composer (d. 1996)
- 1933 - Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor
- 1933 - Gene Green, American baseball player (d. 1981)
- 1934 - Jeremy Wolfenden, British journalist (d. 1965)
- 1934 - Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist
- 1936 - Robert Maclennan, British politician
- 1936 - Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal
- 1937 - Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor
- 1937 - Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1938 - Gerald North, American climatologist
- 1941 - Yves Beauchemin, Canadian novelist
- 1942 - Gilberto Gil, Brazilian singer and Minister of Culture
- 1943 - John Beasley, American actor
- 1943 - Georgie Fame, British singer
- 1945 - Dwight York, American cult leader
- 1951 - Gary Gilmour, Australian cricketer
- 1954 - Steve Barton, American actor (d. 2001)
- 1955 - Mick Jones, British guitarist (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite)
- 1956 - Chris Isaak, American singer
- 1957 - Patty Smyth, American singer (Scandal)
- 1957 - Philippe Couillard, Quebec neurosurgeon and politician
- 1959 - Mark McKinney, Canadian actor
- 1960 - Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist
- 1961 - Greg LeMond, American cyclist
- 1961 - Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin)
- 1963 - Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, Russian businessman
- 1963 - Richard Garfield, American game designer
- 1967 - Todd Pletcher, American horse trainer
- 1968 - Paolo Maldini, Italian footballer
- 1968 - Shannon Sharpe, American football player
- 1969 - Colin Greenwood, British musician (Radiohead)
- 1969 - Mike Myers, American baseball player
- 1970 - Chris O'Donnell, American actor
- 1970 - Sean Hayes, American Actor
- 1970 - Irv Gotti, American record producer
- 1970 - Paul Thomas Anderson, American filmmaker
- 1970 - Nick Offerman, American actor
- 1971 - Max Biaggi, Italian motorcycle racer
- 1972 - Garou, Canadian singer
- 1972 - Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper
- 1973 - Gretchen Wilson, American singer
- 1973 - Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor
- 1973 - Jussi Sydänmaa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
- 1974 - Matt Striker, American professional wrestler
- 1974 - Derek Jeter, American baseball player
- 1974 - Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys)
- 1974 - Jason Kendall, American baseball player
- 1975 - Jonah Sorrentino, American hip hop artist
- 1976 - Ed Jovanovski, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1976 - Chad Pennington, American football player
- 1976 - Joe Landon, American pornographic actor
- 1977 - Kubo Tite, Japanese cartoonist
- 1979 - Kostas Katsouranis, Greek footballer
- 1979 - Walter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player
- 1979 - Andy O'Brien, English footballer
- 1979 - Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver
- 1980 - Jason Schwartzman, American actor
- 1980 - Michael Vick, American football player
- 1980 - Chris Shelton, American baseball player
- 1983 - Leela James, American singer
- 1984 - Elijah Dukes, American baseball player
- 1984 - Raymond Felton, American basketball player
- 1984 - Deron Williams, American basketball player
- 1984 - Jose Juan Barea, American basketball player
- 1985 - Urgyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan spiritual leader
- 1986 - Casey Desmond, American singer
- 1987 - Carlos Iaconelli, Brazilian racing driver
- 1992 - Jennette McCurdy, American actress
- 2005 - Princess Alexia of the Netherlands
- 363 - Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor (killed in battle) (b. 331)
- 1291 - Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III of England
- 1541 - Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conqueror of Peru (murdered)
- 1688 - Ralph Cudworth, English philosopher (b. 1617)
- 1784 - Caesar Rodney, American lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1728)
- 1793 - Gilbert White, English ornithologist (b. 1720)
- 1810 - Joseph Michel Montgolfier, inventor of the hot air balloon (b. 1740)
- 1836 - Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French composer (La Marseillaise) (b. 1760)
- 1878 - Mercedes of Orleans, queen of Spain (b. 1860)
- 1918 - Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1843)
- 1922 - Albert I (b. 1848)
- 1939 - Ford Madox Ford, English writer (b. 1873)
- 1943 - Karl Landsteiner, Austrian biologist and physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1868)
- 1946 - Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (b. 1880)
- 1946 - Max Kögel, SS officer (b. 1895)
- 1947 - Richard Bedford Bennett, eleventh Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1870)
- 1956 - Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1930)
- 1957 - Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
- 1958 - George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
- 1958 - Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)
- 1964 - Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect (b. 1888)
- 1967 - Françoise Dorléac, French actress (b. 1942)
- 1975 - St. Josemaría Escrivá, Spanish Catholic priest (b. 1902)
- 1992 - Herman Rohde, professional wrestler (b. 1921)
- 1993 - William H. Riker, American political scientist (b. 1920)
- 1993 - Roy Campanella, Major League baseball player (b. 1921)
- 1994 - Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist (b. 1929)
- 1996 - Veronica Guerin, Irish journalist (b. 1958)
- 1997 - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959)
- 2001 - Soccer (b. 1988)
- 2002 - Arnold
Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
Holidays and observances
- ^ Holweck, F. G. A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints. St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co., 1924.
104 Familypedia people were born on June 26
136 Familypedia people died on June 26
116 Familypedia people were first married on June 26