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 - Abner Doubleday
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1819: Abner Doubleday, a career United States Army officer and Union general in the American Civil War, is born in Ballston Spa, New York. Doubleday is often mistakenly credited with inventing baseball, although he never made such a claim himself and there is no evidence to support it. Instead, Doubleday is famous for firing the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the Civil War, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg.


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