JUN 26, 2016   ۩  John & Paul Feast Day (Roman Catholic Church); International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking; International Day in Support of Victims of Torture; Army & Navy Day of Azerbaijan; Independence Day of Madagascar; Flag Day (Romania) ● 1243: Mongols defeated the Seljuk Turks at the Battle of Köse Dağ ● 1522: Ottomans began the 2nd Siege of Rhodes ● 1541: Francisco Pizarro was assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego de Almagro the younger ● 1810: Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French co-inventor of the hot air balloon, died ● 1870: The Christian holiday of Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the US ● 1906: French Grand Prix, was the 1st Grand Prix motor racing event held ● 1908: Salvador Allende, Chilean 29th president, was born in Santiago ● 1936: Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter ● 1942: The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat ● 1945: The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco by 50 countries ● 1945: Emil Hácha, 3rd president of Czechoslovakia, died ● 1955: Engelbert Zaschka, German inventor of the 1st human-powered aircraft, died ● 1959: The St Lawrence Seaway opened, also N. America’s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships ● 2010: Algirdas Brazauskas, president of Lithuania, died

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