MILESTONES: June 26 birthdays for Ariana Grande, Derek Jeter, Sean Hayes
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include graphic designer Milton Glaser, who was born in 1929; “The Time Tunnel” star Robert Colbert, who was born in 1931; 5th Dimension co-founder Billy Davis, Jr., who was born in 1938; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mick Jones (The Clash), who was born in 1955; “Gung Ho” star Gedde Watanabe, who was born in 1955; “Wicked Game” singer Chris Isaak, who was born in 1956; “The Warrior” singer Patty Smyth, who was born in 1957; “The Kids in the Hall” star Mark McKinney, who was born in 1959; U.S. Bicycling Hall of Famer Greg LeMond, who was born in 1961; “Boogie Nights” director Paul Thomas Anderson, who was born in 1970; “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes, who was born in 1970; “Here for the Party” singer Gretchen Wilson, who was born in 1973; Yankees legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, who was born in 1974; and “No Tears Left to Cry” singer Ariana Grande, who was born in 1993.
RAISING THE BAR: The bar code was introduced on this day in 1974. A committee formed in 1970 by U.S. grocers and food manufacturers recommended in 1973 a Universal Product Code for supermarket items that would allow electronic scanning of prices. The first item to be scanned was a pack of Wrigley’s gum. Today bar codes are used to keep track of everything from freight cars to cattle.
THIS IS US: On this day in 2000, biologists J. Craig Venter and Francis S. Collins announced that their research groups had mapped the human genome, a strand of DNA with three billion parts that spell out our genetic code.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.”
— Derek Jeter, who was born on this day in 1974
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