On this day in history, President John F. Kennedy issued a speech that made it clear America was with the West Germans. Here’s a look at events and birthdays from June 26 throughout history.
1483: Richard, Duke of Gloucester Proclaims Himself King
After the death of King Edward IV in April 1483, the world presumed that Edward’s elder son, also named Edward, would become the next king. However, Richard, Duke of Gloucester as regent found a way to make Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville’s marriage void. Their children became illegitimate and Richard was next in line for the throne. On this day in British history, Richard declared himself Richard III of England and his wife Anne Neville as his queen consort.
1807: Deadliest Lightning Strike in History Takes Place
On this day in history, possibly the deadliest lightning strike in history took place in Luxembourg. While 73 people die from lightning in the United States on a yearly basis, they tend to be one at a time. Today in history, a lightning strike hit a Luxembourg gunpowder factory. The ammunition stored by Napoleon at the time ignited and then exploded. Around 300 people were killed in the blast, with two blocks completely destroyed.
1963: President John F. Kennedy’s “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” Speech
In history today, JFK issued a morale-boosting speech to the West Germans. It was his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which means “I am from Berlin” but also “I am a donut” in the German language. It was a turning point during the Cold War, as the Germans had been alarmed at the construction of the Berlin Wall at the time. JFK also made it clear that the Americans were not on the side of the Soviets, who hoped for Western Allies. Contrary to popular belief now, JFK never actually said that he was from Berlin, but that “Ich bin ein Berliner” was the proudest boast in the world of freedom and that he took pride in the words as a free man.
Famous Birthdays on June 26
Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, Queen of Denmark and Norway—1575
Composer Johannes Schultz—1582
Academic Thomas Clap—1703
Johan I Jozef, monarch of Liechtenstein—1760
Physicist and Engineer William Thomson—1824
Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden—1854
Author Pearl Sydenstricker Buck—1892
French politician Aimé Césaire—1913
Writer & film director Tadeusz Konwicki—1926
Will & Grace actor Sean Hayes—1970
New York Knicks basketball player Iman Shumpert—1990
“Problem” singer Ariana Grande—1993
Featured image from Deposit Photos
Birthdays from OnThisDay.com and FamousBirthdays.com
Richard III: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_III_of_England#/media/File:Richard_III_earliest_surviving_portrait.jpg
Anne Catherine of Brandenburg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Catherine_of_Brandenburg#/media/File:Anne_Catherine_of_Denmark_with_Christian,_Prince_Elect,_1611.jpg
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