He’s witty, he’s charming, he’s one year older! That’s right – comedy magician Adam London celebrates his birthday on June 26. In honor of this occasion, we made a list of whacky, fun facts that happened on this day in history – from Vegas and beyond.
On This Day in History…
- In 1819, The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. of New York City
- In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Boardwalk was opened to the public.
- In 1906, the first Grand Prix car race was held on a circuit around Le Mans, France.
- In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy holds his iconic “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech as a welcome gesture of support for the people of West Berlin.
- In 1977, Elvis Presley performed in public for the final time at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN.
- In 1979, After almost 20 years of professional fights, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali announced his retirement from boxing.
- In 1991, UNLV power forward Larry Johnson was the number one overall NBA draft pick by Charlotte Hornets.
- In 1993, American singer Ariana Grande was born in Boca Raton, Florida. Thank you, next.
- In 1997, the first Harry Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling, was published in the United Kingdom (it was later released in the United States under the title “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).
- In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the nation’s legally married gay couples equal federal footing with all other married Americans and also cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.