Today is Sunday, June 26, the 177th day of 2011. There are 188 days left in the year.
Today's Highlights in History:
On June 26, 1911, John J. McDermott became the first American-born golf player to win the U.S. Open, played in Chicago. Track star and golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias was born in Port Arthur, Texas.
On this date:
In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, N.J.'s Boardwalk was opened to the public.
In 1919, the New York Daily News was first published.
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a second term of office by delegates to the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.
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 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 (muh-LOOZ'), 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: President George W. Bush urged Ariel Sharon during a White House meeting to take the next step toward Middle East peace talks, but the Israeli prime minister said violence had to end first. George Trofimoff, a retired Army officer, was convicted in Tampa, Fla., of selling Cold War secrets to Moscow over two decades. (Trofimoff, who maintained his innocence, was sentenced to life in prison.)
Five years ago: President George W. Bush said it was "disgraceful" that the news media had disclosed a secret CIA-Treasury program to track millions of financial records in search of terrorist suspects. More than a foot of rain inundated Washington, D.C., toppling a 100-year-old elm tree on the White House lawn and causing flooding that closed major government departments.
One year ago: At odds over how to strengthen the global economic recovery, Group of Eight leaders meeting in Canada did find common ground on foreign policy, condemning North Korea for the alleged sinking of a South Korean warship and endorsing a five-year exit timetable for Afghanistan. Ghana sent the U.S. packing from the World Cup in South Africa, eliminating the Americans in the second round.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Eleanor Parker is 89. Jazz musician-film composer Dave Grusin is 77. Actor Josef Sommer is 77. Singer Billy Davis Jr. is 71. Rock singer Georgie Fame is 68. Actor Clive Francis is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brenda Holloway is 65. Actor Michael Paul Chan is 61. Actor Robert Davi is 60. Singer-musician Mick Jones is 56. Actor Gedde Watanabe (GEH'-dee wah-tah-NAH'-bee) is 56. Rock singer Chris Isaak is 55. Rock singer Patty Smyth is 54. Singer Terri Nunn (Berlin) is 50. Rock singer Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) is 48. Rock musician Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 42. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is 41. Actor Sean Hayes is 41. Actor Matt Letscher is 41. Actor Chris O'Donnell is 41. Actor Nick Offerman is 41. Actress Rebecca Budig is 38. MLB All-Star player Derek Jeter is 37. Country singer Gretchen Wilson is 37. Rock musician Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) is 32. Pop-rock singer-musician Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) is 32. Actor-musician Jason Schwartzman is 31. Actress-singer Jennette McCurdy is 19.
Thought for Today: "The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration." _ Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, June 26)
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