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 - Focke-Wulf Fw 61
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1936: In Germany, the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter, makes its first flight. Pictured here is a replica of the aircraft displayed at the 2006 ILA Berlin Air Show.


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