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June 26th

1900 Dr. Walter Reed and his medical team began a successful campaign to wipe out yellow fever in the Panama Canal Zone.
1917 The first troops of the American Expeditionary Force reached France in World War I.
1939 Film censors approved Gone With The Wind but fined Producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for objectionable language in Rhett Butler's famous closing line to Scarlett O'Hara: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
1945 The U.N. Charter was signed by representatives of 50 nations.
1945 The FCC began development of commercial television by allocating airwaves for 13 TV stations.
1959 U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II formally opened the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada.
1974 The bar code, allowing for the electronic scanning of prices, was used for the first time on a pack of gum at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
1976 The CN Tower, the world's tallest freestanding structure (1,815 feet, 5 inches), opened in Toronto.
1977 42 people died in a county jail fire in Columbia, Tenn.
1990 U.S. President George H.W. Bush discarded his no new taxes campaign pledge, saying it is clear to me taxes are needed as part of deficit-reduction package.
1991 120 people drowned after an Indonesian trawler and an unidentified ship collided in the Straits of Malacca.
1992 U.S. Navy Secretary H. Lawrence Garrett resigned, accepting responsibility for the Tailhook incident involving the harassment of Navy women by naval aviators.
1992 Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, the target of public wrath for the Rodney King beating, resigned.
1993 In response to an Iraqi plot to assassinate former U.S. President George H.W. Bush during a visit to Kuwait, two U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf fired missiles at Iraq's intelligence complex. The main headquarters building was badly damaged.
1995 An attempted assassination of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak failed during his visit to Ethiopia.
2000 Two rival groups of scientists announced they had deciphered the genetic code, the human genome.
2002 The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance recited in schools was unconstitutional because of the phrase under God. The ruling was stayed pending appeal.
2003 The U.S. Supreme Court gave a major boost to gay rights advocates by striking down a Texas law forbidding sexual activity between same-sex partners.
2005 Six months after the Indian Ocean tsunami, the death toll stood at 178,000 in 11 countries with another 50,000 people missing and presumed dead.
2006 Israel put on a military show of strength in the Gaza Strip following a bloody Palestinian militant raid on a military post and kidnapping of a soldier.
2007 German prosecutors sought to try 13 U.S. intelligence agents who allegedly kidnapped a German citizen in 2003. It's the second case in Europe centered on the controversial U.S. extraordinary rendition practice in which terror suspects arrested in one country can be transported to another with fewer prisoner rights for questioning. A trial of 26 CIA agents in Italy was reported on hold.
2008 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, that the Constitution protects an individual's right to carry a gun for private use but insisted that the ruling did nothing to alter the ban on gun ownership by felons or the mentally ill or carrying a gun into such sensitive areas as schools or government buildings.
2008 North Korea officials handed over to China a list of its nuclear facilities. In exchange, the United States removed North Korea from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism and lifted some sanctions.
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