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 - Roy Campanella
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1993: Baseball Hall of Famer Roy Campanella, widely considered to have been one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game, dies of a heart attack at age 71 in Woodland Hills, California. After starting his career in the Negro leagues as a 16-year-old, Campanella played for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1940s and 1950s, as one of the pioneers in breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Campanella, whose career was cut short in 1958 when he was paralyzed in an automobile accident, is seen here in 1961 with San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays.


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