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On This Day in History - 26th June

Birthdays

1819Abner Doubleday, Publisher
1824William Thomson/Lord Kelvin, Physicist
1892Pearl Buck, American novelist
1898Willi Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer
1904Peter Lorre, American film actor
1914Laurie Lee, Author
1924Syd Lawrence, Bandleader
1943Georgie Fame, Singer/songwriter

Events

1830King George IV of England & Ireland died
1906The Victoria & Albert museum was opened
1906The first ever Grand Prix was held at Le Mans
1959The St Lawrence Seaway, Canada, was officially opened
1975Indira Gandhi was convicted of election fraud
1978A terrorist bomb caused damage at the palace of Versaille, France
1978The first dedicated oceanographic satellite was launched
1990Europe began to study ways into financially helping the USSR