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 - Strom Thurmond
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2003: Strom Thurmond, the third longest-serving senator in U.S. history, dies in Edgefield, South Carolina, at age 100. Thurmond left office in January 2003 after 48 years in the U.S. Senate as the oldest-serving and longest-serving senator in U.S. history, but was later surpassed in length of service by Robert Byrd and Daniel Inouye. He ran for president in 1948 as the States Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrat) candidate and also served as the governor of South Carolina between 1947 and 1951. As a senator he was known for his opposition to federal civil rights legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1957, for which he conducted the longest filibuster ever by a lone senator at 24 hours and 18 minutes.


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