Today in History
June 26

1096Peter the Hermit's crusaders force their way across Sava, Hungary.
1243The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor is wiped out by the Mongols.
1541Former followers murder Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru.
1794The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus.
1804The Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
1844Julia Gardiner and President John Tyler are married in New York City.
1862General Robert E. Lee attacks McClellen's line at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days' campaign.
1863Jubal Early and his Confederate forces move into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
1900The United States announces it will send troops to fight against the Boxer Rebellion in China.
1907Russia's nobility demands drastic measures to be taken against revolutionaries.
1908Shah Muhammad Ali's forces squelch the reform elements of Parliament in Persia.
1916Russian General Aleksei Brusilov renews his offensive against the Germans.
1917General Pershing arrives in France with the American Expeditionary Force.
1918The Germans begin firing their huge 420 mm howitzer, "Big Bertha," at Paris.
1926A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France is unveiled at St. Nazaire.
1924After eight years of occupation, American troops leave the Dominican Republic.
1942The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter flies for the first time.
1945The U.N. Charter is signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, California.
1951The Soviet Union proposes a cease-fire in the Korean War.
1961A Kuwaiti vote opposes Iraq's annexation plans.
1963President John Kennedy announces "Ich bin ein Berliner" at the Berlin Wall.
1971The U.S. Justice Department issues a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
1975Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is convicted of election fraud.
1993Roy Campanella, legendary catcher for the Negro Leagues and the Los Angeles Dodgers, dies.

Born on June 26
1742Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1819Abner Doubleday, Civil War general.
1892Pearl S. Buck, American novelist (The Good Earth).
1893William "Big Bill" Broonzy, blues singer and guitarist.
1898Wilhelm Emil Messerschmitt, German engineer.
1902William P. Lear, American engineer and industrialist.
1904Peter Lorre, film actor (Casablanca, M).
1909Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager.
1914Laurie Lee, British writer (Cider with Rosie).
1915Charlotte Zolotow, American children's writer.
1931Colin Henry Wilson, British author (The Outsider).

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