On this day: June 26

POSTED: 07:57 AM PDT Jun 25, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jun 25, 2014 

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 - Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
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1810: Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, the French co-inventor of the hot air balloon with his brother Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, dies at age 69 in Balaruc-les-Bains, France. The brothers succeeded in launching the first manned ascent, carrying Étienne, in 1783.


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