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On this day: June 26

POSTED: 09:57 AM CDT Jun 25, 2013    UPDATED: 01:00 AM CDT Jun 26, 2013 

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.

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1498: The bristle toothbrush is first patented by the emperor of China. The first toothbrushes were made by taking coarse hairs from the back of a hog's neck and attaching them at right angles to a bone or bamboo handle. Since 3000 BC, ancient civilizations had been cleaning teeth with a "chew-stick," a thin twig with a frayed end. Boar bristles were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours.

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