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On this day: June 26

POSTED: 07:57 AM PDT Jun 25, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jun 25, 2013 

The toothbrush is patented, Christmas becomes a federal holiday, the first helicopter takes off, President Kennedy delivers his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, the first UPC is scanned, and Elvis leaves the stage for the last time, all on this day.

OTD June 26 - Richard Wagner
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1870: At the National Theatre Munich in Germany, Richard Wagner's opera "Die Walküre" is performed for the first time, introducing the famous piece "The Ride Of The Valkyries."

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