On this day: June 26

POSTED: 07:57 AM PDT Jun 25, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jun 25, 2016 

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 - Veronica Guerin
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1996: Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, known for writing about Dublin's criminal underworld, is shot and killed by drug lords while sitting in traffic on the outskirts of Dublin. The man fingered as Guerin's killer was never convicted of the murder, and he denied the accusation up until his death in June 2009 while in prison in the United Kingdom. Another man convicted of being an accomplice in the case later had his conviction overturned on appeal. The investigation into Guerin's death resulted in more than 150 other arrests and convictions, as well as seizures of drugs and arms. Pictured is a monument to Guerin located in Dublin Castle gardens.


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