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 - Jay Berwanger
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University of Chicago

2002: Jay Berwanger, who became the first Heisman Trophy winner in 1935 and the first-ever NFL draft pick in 1936, dies of lung cancer at age 88 in Oak Brook, Illinois. A University of Chicago halfback, he was the first winner of the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, which was renamed the Heisman Trophy the following year. The Philadelphia Eagles chose him with the first pick in the inaugural NFL draft and then traded him to the Chicago Bears. Berwanger never signed with the Bears and never played in the NFL.


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