Today in history – June 26

1917 – The first troops of the American Expeditionary Force reached France in World War I.

1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.

1934 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act.

1945 – The United Nations Charter is signed by 50 Allied nations in San Francisco.

1963 – President John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in West Germany.

1977 – Elvis Presley held his final concert in Indianapolis.

1997 – The Supreme Court rules the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment.

2003 – The Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

2008 – The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to carry a gun for private use, but said the ruling did nothing to alter the ban on gun ownership by felons or the mentally ill.

2013 – The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

2015 – The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage under the 14th Amendment.