This Day in History on 26 June

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 26 June. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

World Refrigeration Day (International)

Important Events

1498: First toothbrush made in China.

1906: First ever Grand Prix motor race was held at the Le Mans circuit of France.

1960: Madagascar gained its independence from France.

1975: Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.

1977: Elvis Presley performed the last concert of his life in Indiana, USA.

1979: Boxer Muhammad Ali retirded.

1997: The first book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was first published.

2000: P Bandopadhyay became the first woman Air Commodore in the Air Force.

1740: A combined force of Spanish, free blacks and allied Indians defeat a British garrison at the Siege of Fort Mose near St. Augustine during the War of Jenkins’ Ear.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1564: Ahmad Sirhindi, an Indian Islamic scholar

1838: Bankimchandra Chatterjee, an Indian novelist, poet, and journalist.

1873: Gauhar Jaan, an Indian singer, and dancer.

1874: Shahu Maharaj, the first Maharaja of the Indian princely state of Kolhapur.

1888: Bal Gandharva, a Marathi singer and stage actor.

1926: Mahendra Bhatnagar, Indian poet

1946: Aruna Roy, an Indian political and social activist.

1958: Suresh Gopi, an Indian actor, politician, playback singer, and television presenter.

1994: Leonard Carow, German actor

1997: Baek Ye-rin, South Korean singer

1997: Callum Taylor, English cricketer

2002: Chandler Smith, American racing driver

2009: Yesha Camile, Filipino child actress

Death/ Death Anniversary

1810: Joseph Michel Montgolfier, a French inventor of the hot-air balloon.

2001: Vasant Purushottam Kale, an Indian-Marathi writer.

2004: Yash Johar, Indian film producer, founded Dharma Productions (b. 1929)

2014: Bob Mischak, American football player and coach (b. 1932)

2014: Julius Rudel, Austrian-American conductor (b. 1921)

2014: Mary Rodgers, American composer and author (b. 1931)

2015: Yevgeny Primakov, Ukrainian-Russian journalist and politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Russia (b. 1929)

2015: Chris Thompson, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1952)

Further Reading

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