June 26

I suspect that going forward, today will not be remembered as the anniversary of FDR’s signing of the Federal Credit Union Act. Indeed, I think I can pretty confidently say that in the future, June 26’s “On this day in history…” will not be any of the following other events:

  1. On June 26, 1483, Richard III became King of England. Important enough in its own right, and of course it was fodder for Shakespeare’s pen (and Martin Freeman’s acting).
  2. The Treaty of Nanking came into effect on June 26, 1843, making Hong Kong part of the British Empire forever!* (*Where forever = until 1997.)
  3. In 1848, June 26 marked the end of the June Days in France, a key turning point in the 1848 Revolution and emblematic of the shortcomings of revolutions across Europe that year.
  4. On this day in 1906, the first Grand Prix was held. And where would we be today without Formula 1?
  5. In 1917, this was the day American troops arrived in France to fight during World War I. The nail in the coffin, really.
  6. Of course there was the Federal Credit Union Act in 1934.
  7. On June 26, 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed.
  8. It was on this day in 1948 that the Berlin Airlift began after the Soviet Union blockaded the American, British, and French zones in Berlin. The blockade itself was the result of enormous mistrust on both sides–the Soviets don’t deserve all the blame–and it contributed to the emergence of the Cold War and the division of Germany into two states.
  9. In other Berlin history, in 1963 John F. Kennedy famously proclaimed “Ich bin ein Berliner.”
  10. On this day in 1970, actor Nick Offerman was born. And with him, Ron Swanson
  11. 1974: The first UPC code is put into use.
  12. In 1977, Elvis gave his last concert.

It’s worth noting:

  1. June 26, 2003 the Supreme Court ruled that sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
  2. June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court ruled portions of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
  3. June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that the constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.