A closer look at key historic events that took place on June 26:

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that state bans prohibiting same-sex marriage were unconstitutional

The ruling of Obergefell vs Hodges became a landmark decision in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in and beyond the United States.

In 2003, Lebron James is drafted

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected 18-year-old Lebron James with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. James would transform the Cavaliers as a franchise and go on to be recognized as the greatest basketball player of his generation.

In 1997, author J.K. Rowling publishes Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

This was the first book of the Potter series, which ultimately became one of the bestselling series’ in history (over 600 million copies!).

In 1977, legendary singer Elvis Presley performs for the final time at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana

Less than two months later, Presley was found dead in his Graceland home as a result of heart failure. He was 42.

In 1963, John F. Kennedy delivered his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in West Berlin

Kennedy’s speech is recognized as one of the most notable anti-communist speeches of the Cold War.

In 1945, the Charter of the United Nations is signed in San Francisco, California

It is the founding document of the United Nations–the successor to the League of Nations–which was formed to maintain universal peace and security.

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