This week in history

0626Pearl-BuckNovelist Pearl Buck was born in Hillsboro in the home of her maternal grandparents on June 26, 1892. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature for “The Good Earth.”


Something to smile about: The emperor of China on June 26, 1498, patents the first bristle toothbrush, with bristles made from the coarse hair from a hog’s neck set into a piece of bone or bamboo. Hog’s hair continued to be the bristle of choice until 1938 when Dr. West’s Miracle Tuft Toothbrush appeared on the market. It boasted bristles made of nylon, DuPont’s new innovation.


On June 26, 1977, in front of 18,000 fans at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Elvis Presley performs “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” the last song in what would be his final show. He dies less than two months later at Graceland, a day before he was set to beginning touring again. Among the scheduled shows that never happened: Sept. 20 and 22 performances in Huntington.


The longest-serving member of Congress, Robert C. Byrd died on June 28, 2010, at the age of 92. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1958, and he served until his death.


Francis Pierpont, governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia, called the legislature into session on July 1, 1861. The general assembly re-established governmental functions, provided for the raising of military units, and elected new U.S. senators and representatives.

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