Today in history

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On June 26 in …

1483 — The 12th of 13 children of Richard Plantagenet, the 3rd Duke of York, and Cecily Neville, is crowned Richard III, King of England.

1804 — The Lewis and Clark Expedition — also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition — reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles. The group was the first American expedition to cross what now is the western portion of the United States, departing in May 1804 from near St. Louis and making their way westward through the Continental Divide to the Pacific Coast.

1844 — John Tyler of Virginia weds Julia Gardiner, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.

1945 — The United Nations Charter is signed by 50 nations in San Francisco. One of the major non-governmental organizations (NGO) assisting in the creation of the organization is Rotary International.

1997 — J.K. Rowling’s book “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” is published in the United Kingdom, the first in the Harry Potter series. (It later was released in the United States under the title “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”)


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