June 26th

2016
Panama Canal's third set of locks opens for commercial traffic, doubling the Canal’s capacity at an estimated cost of $5.25 billion.
Panama Canal expansion project
2003
Former South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond died at age 100.
Strom Thurmond
2000
The first map of the human genome, which required decoding more than 3 billion biochemical "letters" of human DNA, is completed.
Genome
1976
The CN tower in Toronto opened, then the world's tallest free-standing structure.
CN Tower
1963
U.S. President John F. Kennedy holds his iconic “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. The speech was a welcome gesture of support for the people of West Berlin. East Germany had erected the Berlin Wall just two years earlier to stop mass emigration to the West.
Timeline of the presidency of John F. Kennedy
1959
The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was opened.
Saint Lawrence Seaway
1945
The United Nations Charter is signed. The United Nations is the world's most important international organization.
United Nations Charter
1936
The world's first practical helicopter lifts off. The twin-rotor Focke-Wulf Fw 61 was first tested in Bremen, Germany. None of the first prototypes survived World War II but a replica can be seen at the Hubschraubermuseum in Bückeburg, Germany.
Helicopter
1925
Charlie Chaplin's film “The Gold Rush” receives its premiere. The comedy featuring Chaplin in his famous Little Tramp role is a classic of the silent film genre. The English star actor repeatedly stated that this is the film he wants to be remembered for.
The Gold Rush
1917
1st US Expeditionary Force arrives in France during World War I.
American Expeditionary Forces
1906
The first Grand Prix car race is held. The competition was held on a circuit around Le Mans, France and organized by the Automobile Club de France (ACF). Renault's Ferenc Szisz won the competition.
1906 French Grand Prix
1896
1st movie theater in the US opens - Vitascope Hall in New Orleans, charging 10 cents for admission.
History of cinema in the United States
1857
The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria.
Victoria Cross
1843
Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony.
British Hong Kong
1819
The bicycle was patented by W. K. Clarkson.
Colgate University
1794
Battle of Fleurus: major victory by forces of the First French Republic under General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan over the Coalition Army (Great Britain, Hanover, Dutch Republic, and Habsburgs) first use of reconnaissance balloon.
Flanders Campaign
363
Roman Emperor Julian is killed during retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by troops on the battlefield.
Julian (emperor)