1498 - The bristle toothbrush was invented in China.
1797 - Charles Newbold was issued a patent (#X000177) for an improvement
for the cast-iron plow
1807 - Lightning struck a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing
more than 300 people.
1819 - The first US patent (#X003115) for a velocipede, a predecessor
of the bicycle, was issued to William K. Clarkson Jr. of New York.
1870 - Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1906 - 1906 French Grand Prix, the first Grand Prix motor racing event
was held. Ferenc Szisz, driving for the Renault team, won the two
1926 - Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises novel was released.
1927 - The Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney Island.
1934 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union
Act, which established credit unions in the US.
1936 - The first flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first working
helicopter, in Berlin, Germany.
1945 - The United Nations Charter was signed, in San Francisco.
1948 - Shirley Jackson's short story, The Lottery, was published
in The New Yorker magazine.
1961 #1 Hit June 26, 1961 - July 9, 1961: Gary U.S. Bonds
- Quarter to Three
1963 - US President John F. Kennedy gave his "Ich bin ein Berliner"
1965 #1 Hit June 26, 1965 - July 9, 1965: The Byrds - Mr.
1974 - The Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time to
sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in
1977 - Elvis Presley performed the final concert of his life in Indianapolis,
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency
Act violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
2000 - The completion of a working draft reference DNA sequence of
the human genome was announced at the White House by President Bill
Clinton, and representatives from the Human Genome Project (HGP).