June 26

This Day in History

1945

U.N. Charter signed

Delegates from nations around the world sign the United Nations Charter on June 26, 1945. Even before celebrations for the end of World War II in Europe commenced, delegates from 51 nations began a … (more...)

1498

Emperor of China Patents Toothbrush

Dental hygiene improved by leaps and bounds when the emperor of China patented the toothbrush on this day in 1498. A far cry from the whiz-bang electric brushes of today, the first toothbrush was a … (more...)

1284

Pied Piper Lures 130 Children of Hamelin Away

This day, the Feast day of St John and Paul, is generally acknowledged as the fateful day when the Pied Piper of Hamelin lured the unfortunate children of that small German town away from their homes … (more...)