Daily Archives: June 26, 2014

The Beatles release ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ soundtrack in USA 50 years ago today (June 26 1964)

Video: 'Beatles Hard Days Night' (12 videos in stereo)

(Friday, June 26, 1964) — The Beatles today released A Hard Day’s Night in the U.S. on United Artists Records, the soundtrack to their forthcoming film A Hard Day’s Night. Continue reading The Beatles release ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ soundtrack in USA 50 years ago today (June 26 1964)

Americans capture most of Cherbourg 70 years ago today (June 26 1944)

Video: 'The World At War: Morning 5/5' (June 19-26, 1944, at 0:00)

(Monday, June 26, 1944; during the Battle of Cherbourg on the Western Front of World War II) — Most of Cherbourg, except the port, was occupied today by U.S. 7th Corps (part of U.S. 1st Army). The fortified port, which was considered vital to the campaign in Western Europe, surrendered on June 29, 1944.

Franklin Roosevelt, disabled by polio, re-enters public arena 90 years ago today (June 26 1924)

Video: 'FDR: The Fighting President (Part lll)' (June 26, 1924, at 2:59)

(Thursday, June 26, 1924) — Franklin D. Roosevelt re-entered the public arena today, moving to the podium at the Democratic National Convention in New York City, assisted only by his two crutches, to nominate New York Governor Al Smith for president.

Three years before the convention, Roosevelt contracted polio, a disease which left him paralyzed from the waist down (click here for more video of this event at 1:14:25).

Supermarket price scanner debuts in Troy, Ohio 40 years ago today (June 26 1974)

(Wednesday, June 26, 1974, 8:01 a.m. EDT) — The supermarket price scanner made its debut this morning in Troy, Ohio, as a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum costing 67 cents and bearing a Uniform Product Code (UPC) was scanned by Marsh Supermarket cashier Sharon Buchanan for customer Clyde Dawson.

The barcoded package of gum, never chewed, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.