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 - F6F Hellcats
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1942: The Grumman F6F Hellcat makes its first flight. A total of 12,200 of the carrier-based fighter aircraft were built during World War II, and they were credited with destroying 5,223 aircraft while in service, more than any other Allied naval aircraft.

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