26th June

Born on this Day 26th June
1892 Pearl Buck
1898 Wilhelm Messerschitt
1904 Peter Lorre
1931 Colin Wilson
1943 Georgie Fame
1956 Chris Isaak
1961 Greg Lemond
1964 Zeng Jinlian
1970 Matt Letscher

Died On This Day
1541 Francisco Pizarro
1810 Joseph Montgolfier
1830 King George IV


1965 The first no.1 for The Hollies in the UK was ‘I’m Alive’, while The Byrds had their first no.1 in the US with ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’.

1975 Sonny and Cher were divorced after 11 years of marriage.

1976 Bryan Ferry announced his trial separation from Roxy Music.

1992 Elton John played the first of 3 concerts with Eric Clapton at Wembley.


1979 Muhammed Ali announced that he was to retire.

1992 World champion racing driver Ayrton Senna was stopped police on the M25 for speeding.

People & Showbiz

1896 The first purpose-built permanent cinema was opened on the corner of Canal Street and Exchange Place in New Orleans, USA. The 400-seater had an admission charge of 10 cents with a further charge of 10 cents if the customer wanted to enter the projection room to see the Edison Vitascope Projector.

1909 The Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, was officially opened.

General Events

1483 Richard III acceded to the throne of England.

1498 The toothbrush was invented in China.

1990 70% of junior doctors said they would support an overtime ban in a survey conducted by the British Medical Association.

1995 John Redwood, who resigned as Welsh Secretary, announced that he would fight John Major for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

1995 The Queen attended a ceremony at Westminster Hall to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

1995 The Council for the Protection of Rural England told the Government that 1/5 of the English countryside would be urbanised within 50 years unless the rate of growth was checked.

1997 The controversial Greenwich exhibition was renamed the ‘Millenium Experience’ in an attempt to revamp its image. It was also announced that tickets will cost a minimum of £10.

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