Today in History 6/26


Today is Tuesday, June 26, the 178th day of 2012. There are 188 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 26, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a second term of office by delegates to the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.On this date:

• In 1483, Richard III began his reign as King of England (he was crowned the following month at Westminster Abbey).

• In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk was opened to the public.

• In 1911, John J. McDermott became the first American-born golf player to win the U.S. Open, played in Chicago.

• In 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.

• In 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western sector of Berlin.

• In 1950, President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.

• In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he famously declared, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).

• In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an “enemies list” kept by the Nixon White House.

• In 1987, Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announced his retirement, leaving a vacancy that was filled by Anthony M. Kennedy.

• In 1988, three people were killed when a new Airbus A320 jetliner carrying more than 130 people crashed into a forest during a demonstration at an air show in Mulhouse, France.

• In 1990, President George H.W. Bush went back on his “no-new-taxes” campaign pledge, conceding that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package worked out with congressional negotiators.

Ten years ago:

• The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was unconstitutional because the words “under God” had been inserted by Congress in 1954. (The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2004 on a technicality.)

• The Group of Eight nations, meeting in Canada, announced that Russia would be made a full-fledged member of the elite group.

• Chinese basketball star Yao Ming was selected first overall by the Houston Rockets in the NBA draft.

Five years ago:

• Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” got into a verbal fracas with Elizabeth Edwards, who had called into the program to ask Coulter to stop making personal attacks on her husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

• Paris Hilton left the Los Angeles County jail after a bizarre, three-week stay for a probation violation.