26 June It Happened Today

1541  Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro is killed in Peru.

1794  Austrian forces are defeated by the French at the Battle of Fleurus.

1830  Death of King George IV of Britain.

1892  Birth of American novelist Pearl Buck.

1904  Birth of Hungarian actor Peter Lorre.

1909  The Victoria and Albert Museum in London opens to the public for the first time.

1917  The first unit of American troops land in France during WWI.

1963  Over one million West Berliners turn out to greet US president John F Kennedy.

1984  Death of American writer Carl Foreman.

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