On this day: June 26

POSTED: 07:57 AM PDT Jun 25, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jun 25, 2015 

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 - Babe Didrikson Zaharias
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1911: Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who became the first female golfer to play in a PGA Tour event during 1938's Los Angeles Open, is born Mildred Ella Didrikson in Port Arthur, Texas. She won 10 LPGA majors in her career and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Zaharias was actually a latecomer to golf, having earlier in her life proven her abilities in track and field, basketball, baseball, softball, diving and bowling. She won two gold medals and one silver medal for track and field in the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She died of colon cancer at age 45 on Sept. 27, 1956.


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