UPI Almanac for Thursday, June 26, 2014

The St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened and the bar code made its debut ... on this date in history.
By United Press International  |  June 26, 2014 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Thursday, June 26, the 177th day of 2014 with 188 to follow.

The moon is new. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include reputed baseball pioneer Abner Doubleday in 1819; British physicist and inventor William Thomson Kelvin in 1824; Nobel literature laureate Pearl Buck in 1892; German aircraft designer Willy Messerschmitt in 1898; William Lear, developer of the Lear jet, in 1902; actor Peter Lorre in 1904; "Colonel" Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, in 1909; champion athlete Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias in 1911; musicians Mick Jones in 1955 (age 59) and Chris Isaak in 1956 (age 58); cyclist Greg LeMond in 1961 (age 53); actors Chris O'Donnell and Sean P. Hayes, both in 1970 (age 44); singer Gretchen Wilson in 1973 (age 41); baseball player Derek Jeter in 1974 (age 40); and actor Jason Schwartzman in 1980 (age 34).

On this date in history:

In 1900, Dr. Walter Reed and his medical team began a successful campaign to eradicate yellow fever in the Panama Canal Zone.

In 1917, the first troops of the American Expeditionary Force reached France in World War I.

In 1939, film censors approved "Gone With The Wind" but fined Producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for objectionable language in Rhett Butler's famous closing line to Scarlett O'Hara: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

In 1945, the U.N. Charter was signed by representatives of 50 nations.

In 1959, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II formally opened the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada.

In 1974, the bar code, allowing for the electronic scanning of prices, was used for the first time. The purchase was a pack of gum at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

In 1976, the CN Tower, then the world's tallest free-standing structure (1,815 feet, 5 inches), opened in Toronto.

In 1990, U.S. President George H.W. Bush discarded his "no new taxes" campaign pledge, saying "it is clear to me" taxes are needed as part of a deficit-reduction package.

In 1992, U.S. Navy Secretary H. Lawrence Garrett resigned, accepting responsibility for the "Tailhook" incident involving the harassment of Navy women by naval aviators.

In 2000, two rival groups of scientists announced they had deciphered the genetic code, the human genome.

In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Constitution protects an individual's right to carry a gun for private use but said the ruling did nothing to alter the ban on gun ownership by felons or the mentally ill, or carrying a gun into such "sensitive" areas as schools or government buildings.

In 2012, officials said the windswept Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado's Pikes Peak region had forced more than 6,000 people from their homes. (Thousands more would be evacuated in the days ahead.)

In 2013, advocates of gay marriage celebrated two 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decisions. One rejected the Defense of Marriage Act that denied many benefits to same-sex couples; the other cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

A thought for the day: Tennessee Williams wrote, "Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation."

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