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26th June

1819 The bicycle was patented by W. K. Clarkson.

1843 Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony.

1862 Kent cricketer Joseph Wells became the first man to take 4 consecutive wickets.

1898 * Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer who built the first jet fighter, the Me-262.

1904 * Peter Lorre, Hungarian-born actor who appeared in The Maltese Falcon (1941).

1906 The first motor racing grand prix took place at Le Mans, France.

1909 Edward VIII opened the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

1910 * 'Colonel' Tom Parker, US concert impresario and Elvis Presley's manager.

1943 * Georgie Fame, English musician and composer.

1959 Queen Elizabeth II and US President Eisenhower inaugurated the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1963 President Kennedy gave his, 'Ich bin ein Berliner' (I am a Berliner) speech in West Berlin.

1970 Riots broke out in Londonderry after it was revealed Bernadette Devlin had been arrested.

1976 The CN tower in Toronto opened, the world's tallest free-standing structure.

1986 Entrepreneur Richard Branson set off on his second attempt to claim the transatlantic crossing record for Britain.

2000 The first map of the human genome, which required decoding more than 3 billion biochemical 'letters' of human DNA, is completed.

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