Monday, June 26, 2017
Westmoreland given authority to commit U.S. forces » 1965 Vietnam War
Babe Didrikson born » 1911
Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias (/zəˈhɑːriəs/; June 26, 1911 – September 27, 1956) was an American athlete who achieved a great deal of success in golf, basketball, baseball and track and field. She won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympics, before turning to professi...
President John Tyler weds his second wife » 1844
Julia Gardiner Tyler (May 4, 1820 – July 10, 1889) was the second wife of John Tyler, who was the tenth President of the United States, and served as First Lady of the United States from June 26, 1844, to March 4, 1845.
Pearl Buck's birthday » 1892
Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973; also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu; Chinese: 賽珍珠) was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in…
Nora Ephron, director of "When Harry Met Sally," dies » 2012
Former U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond dies » 2003
James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) was an American politician who served for 48 years as a United States Senator from South Carolina. He ran for president in 1948 as the States Rights Democratic Party candidate, receiving 2.4% of the popular vote and 39 electoral votes. Thurmond...
Conqueror of the Incas assassinated » 1541
Francisco Pizarro González (/pɪˈzɑːroʊ/; Spanish: [piˈθaro]; circa 1471 or 1476 – 26 June 1541) was a Spanish conquistador who led an expedition that conquered the Inca Empire. He captured and killed Incan emperor Atahualpa and claimed the…
Rebels strike Union at the Battle of Mechanicsville » 1862 Civil War
Delaware Patriot Caesar Rodney dies » 1784 American Revolution
Caesar Rodney (October 7, 1728 – June 26, 1784) was an American lawyer and politician from St. Jones Neck in Dover Hundred, Kent County, Delaware, east of Dover. He was an officer of the Delaware militia during the French and Indian War…
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Union begins tunneling toward Rebels at Petersburg » 1864 Civil War
South Carolina Patriot Thomas Tudor Tucker born in Bermuda » 1745 American Revolution
Saturday, June 24, 2017
First operational flight of new German fighter plane » 1915 WW1
Jacqueline Bouvier and Senator John F. Kennedy announce engagement » 1953
On this day in 1953, Jacqueline Bouvier and Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedypublicly announce their engagement. Kennedy went on to become the 35th president and Jackie, as she was known,
Woodrow Wilson marries Ellen Axson in Savannah, Georgia » 1885
. However, he was unable to obtain Senate approval for U.S. membership. He suffered debilitating strokes in September 1919; after that his wife and staff handled most of his presidential duties.