On this day: June 26

Posted: 10:57 AM EDT Jun 25, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Jun 26, 2015

The toothbrush is patented, Christmas becomes a federal holiday, the first helicopter takes off, President Kennedy delivers his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, the first UPC is scanned, and Elvis leaves the stage for the last time, all on this day.

OTD June 26 - same-sex marriage
1 / 55
David McNew/Getty Images

2013: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The act, in conjunction with other statutes, had barred same-sex married couples from being recognized as "spouses" for purposes of federal laws, effectively barring them from receiving federal marriage benefits. The court held that the Constitution prevents the federal government from treating state-sanctioned heterosexual marriages differently than state-sanctioned same-sex marriages. On the same day, the court also made a ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry, dismissing an appeal of a 2010 federal court decision finding California's Proposition 8 amendment banning same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. The ruling effectively cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on WFMZ.com

Advertisement
 

Slideshow Of The Day

  • Foster Farms chicken nuggets

    USDA FSIS via CNN

    Notable recalls of 2016

    Several major product recalls have been reported in the United States in 2016. Check our list to see if you could be affected.

On this Day

  • Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees file photo

    Library of Congress

    On this day: May 2

    Leonardo da Vinci dies, Lou Gehrig sits out a game for the first time in 14 years, the Soviets capture Berlin, and a version of "The Scream" sells for a record amount at auction, all on this day.