What happened on July 26? There are more than 277 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About July 26

July 26 In HistoryJuly 26 is the 208th day of the year 2020. There are 158 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 30th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Santa Ana, California 92735 sunrise occured at 05:59 AM and sunset occured at 07:55 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Ruby while the mystical birthstone is Ruby.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 201 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For July 26

  • 657
    First Fitna: the Battle of Siffin see the troops led by Ali ibn Abi Talib and those led by Muawiyah I clashing.
  • 811
    Battle of Pliska: Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus I is killed and his heir Stauracius is seriously wounded.
  • 920
    Rout of an alliance of Christian troops from Navarre and Léon against the Muslims at Pamplona.
  • 1309
    Henry VII is recognized King of the Romans by Pope Clement V.
  • 1469
    Wars of the Roses: the Battle of Edgecote Moor pitting the forces of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick against those of Edward IV of England takes place.
  • 1509
    The Emperor Krishnadeva Raya ascends to the throne, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire.
  • 1533
    Atahualpa, the 13th and last emperor of the Incas, dies by strangulation at the hands of Francisco Pizarro’s Spanish conquistadors. His death marks the end of 300 years of Inca civilization.
  • 1581
    Plakkaat van Verlatinghe (Act of Abjuration): the northern Low Countries declare their independence from the Spanish king, Philip II.
  • 1745
    The first recorded women’s cricket match takes place near Guildford, England.
  • 1758
    French and Indian War: the Siege of Louisbourg ends with British forces defeating the French and taking control of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
  • 1775
    The office that would later become the United States Post Office Department is established by the Second Continental Congress.
  • 1788
    New York ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 11th state of the United States.
  • 1803
    The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world’s first public railway, opens in south London.
  • 1822
    First day of the three-day Battle of Dervenakia, between the Ottoman Empire force led by Mahmud Dramali Pasha and the Greek Revolutionary force led by Theodoros Kolokotronis.
  • 1822
    José de San Martín arrives in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to meet with Simón Bolívar.
  • 1847
    Liberia declares independence.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: George B. McClellan assumes command of the Army of the Potomac following a disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Morgan’s Raid ends – At Salineville, Ohio, Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and 360 of his volunteers are captured by Union forces.
  • 1882
    Premiere of Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal at Bayreuth.
  • 1882
    The Republic of Stellaland is founded in Southern Africa.
  • 1887
    Publication of the Unua Libro, founding the Esperanto movement.
  • 1890
    In Buenos Aires the Revolución del Parque takes place, forcing President Juárez Celman’s resignation.
  • 1891
    France annexes Tahiti.
  • 1897
    Anglo-Afghan wars: The Pashtun fakir Saidullah leads an army of more than 10,000 to begin a siege of the British garrison in the Malakand Agency of the North West Frontier Province of India.
  • 1908
    United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation).
  • 1914
    Serbia and Bulgaria interrupt diplomatic relationship.
  • 1936
    King Edward VIII, in one of his few official duties before he abdicates the throne, officially unveils the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
  • 1936
    The Axis Powers decide to intervene in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1937
    End of the Battle of Brunete in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1941
    World War II: in response to the Japanese occupation of French Indo-China, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the seizure of all Japanese assets in the United States.
  • 1944
    The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain.
  • 1944
    World War II: the Soviet army enters Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine, liberating it from the Nazis. Only 300 Jews survive out of 160,000 living in Lviv prior to occupation.
  • 1945
    The Labour Party wins the United Kingdom general election of July 5 by a landslide, removing Winston Churchill from power.
  • 1945
    The Potsdam Declaration is signed in Potsdam, Germany.
  • 1945
    The US Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis arrives at Tinian with parts of the warhead for the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
  • 1946
    Aloha Airlines begins service from Honolulu International Airport
  • 1947
    Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the United States National Security Council.
  • 1948
    U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs Executive Order 9981 desegregating the military of the United States.
  • 1951
    Walt Disney’s 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premieres in London, United Kingdom.
  • 1952
    King Farouk of Egypt abdicates in favor of his son Fuad.
  • 1953
    Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle orders an anti-polygamy law enforcement crackdown on residents of Short Creek, Arizona, which becomes known as the Short Creek Raid.
  • 1953
    Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution. The movement took the name of the date: 26th of July Movement
  • 1956
    Following the World Bank’s refusal to fund building the Aswan High Dam, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal sparking international condemnation.
  • 1957
    Carlos Castillo Armas, dictator of Guatemala, is assassinated.
  • 1958
    Explorer program: Explorer 4 is launched.
  • 1963
    An earthquake in Skopje, Yugoslavia (now in the Republic of Macedonia) leaves 1,100 dead.
  • 1963
    Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.
  • 1963
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development votes to admit Japan.
  • 1965
    Full independence is granted to the Maldives.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: South Vietnamese opposition leader Trương Đình Dzũ is sentenced to five years hard labor for advocating the formation of a coalition government as a way to move toward an end to the war.
  • 1971
    Apollo Program: launch of Apollo 15 on the first Apollo “J-Mission”, and first use of a Lunar Roving Vehicle.
  • 1974
    Greek Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis forms the country’s first civil government after seven years of military rule.
  • 1977
    The National Assembly of Quebec imposes the use of French as the official language of the provincial government.
  • 1989
    A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm, thus becoming the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
  • 1990
    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is signed into law by President George H. W. Bush.
  • 2005
    Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days.
  • 2005
    Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission – Launch of Discovery, NASA’s first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.
  • 2007
    Shambo, a black cow in Wales that had been adopted by the local Hindu community, is slaughtered due to a bovine tuberculosis infection, causing widespread controversy.
  • 2008
    56 people are killed and over 200 people are injured in 21 bomb blasts in Ahmedabad bombing in India.
  • 2009
    The militant Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram attacks a police station in Bauchi, leading to reprisals by the Nigeria Police Force and four days of violence across multiple cities.

Who Were Born On July 26?

  • 1030
    Stanislaus of Szczepanów, Polish bishop and martyr (d. 1079)
  • 1678
    Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1711)
  • 1739
    George Clinton, American politician, 1st Governor of New York, and 4th Vice President of the United States (d. 1812)
  • 1782
    John Field, Irish composer (d. 1837)
  • 1791
    Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Austrian composer (d. 1844)
  • 1802
    Mariano Arista, 42nd President of Mexico (d. 1855)
  • 1829
    Auguste Marie François Beernaert, Belgian statesman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (d. 1912)
  • 1842
    Alfred Marshall, neoclassical economist (d. 1924)
  • 1846
    Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor and cowboy (d. 1880)
  • 1854
    Philippe Gaucher, French dermatologist (d. 1918)
  • 1855
    Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist (d. 1936)
  • 1856
    George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer, Nobel Laureate (d. 1950)
  • 1858
    Tom Garrett, Australian cricketer (d. 1943)
  • 1865
    Philipp Scheidemann, First Chancellor of the Weimar Republic (d. 1939)
  • 1865
    Rajanikanta Sen, Bengali poet and music composer (d. 1910)
  • 1874
    Serge Koussevitsky, Russian conductor (d. 1951)
  • 1875
    Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (d. 1939)
  • 1875
    Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist (d. 1961)
  • 1880
    Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukrainian statesman (d. 1951)
  • 1885
    André Maurois, French author (d. 1967)
  • 1886
    Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (d. 1965)
  • 1888
    Reginald Hands, South African cricketer (d. 1918)
  • 1892
    Sam Jones, American baseball player (d. 1966)
  • 1893
    George Grosz, German painter (d. 1959)
  • 1894
    Aldous Huxley, English-born author (d. 1963)
  • 1895
    Gracie Allen, American actress and comedian (d. 1964)
  • 1895
    Jane Bunford, Britain’s tallest-ever person (d. 1922)
  • 1896
    Henry Birkin, British racing driver (d. 1933)
  • 1897
    Paul Gallico, American novelist (d. 1976)
  • 1903
    Estes Kefauver, U.S. Senator from Tennessee (d. 1963)
  • 1906
    Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish agent of Intelligence (d. 1943)
  • 1908
    Lucien Wercollier, Luxembourgish sculptor (d. 2002)
  • 1908
    Salvador Allende, Chilean president (d. 1973)
  • 1909
    Peter Thorneycroft, British politician (d. 1994)
  • 1909
    Vivian Vance, American actress (d. 1979)
  • 1914
    Ellis Kinder, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1914
    Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1993)
  • 1916
    Herbert Norkus, German Nazi and murder victim (d. 1932)
  • 1918
    Marjorie Lord, American actress
  • 1919
    Virginia Gilmore, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1920
    Bob Waterfield, American football player (d. 1983)
  • 1921
    Jean Shepherd, American writer, radio and TV personality and actor (d. 1999)
  • 1922
    Blake Edwards, American film director (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Jason Robards, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1923
    Hoyt Wilhelm, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1923
    Jan Berenstain, American author
  • 1925
    Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-born Swedish doctor, researcher, politician and concentration camp survivor (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    Ana María Matute, Spanish writer
  • 1926
    James Best, American actor
  • 1927
    Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (d. 2003)
  • 1928
    Bernice Rubens, Welsh novelist (d.2004)
  • 1928
    Don Beauman, British racing driver (d. 1955)
  • 1928
    Francesco Cossiga, 8th President of the Italian Republic
  • 1928
    Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (d. 1980)
  • 1928
    Peter Lougheed, Canadian politician
  • 1928
    Stanley Kubrick, American film director (d. 1999)
  • 1929
    Alexis Weissenberg, Bulgarian-born French pianist
  • 1929
    Joe Jackson, American manager, boxer and talent scout, the patriarch of the Jackson family
  • 1929
    Marc Lalonde, French-Canadian politician
  • 1931
    Robert Colbert, American actor
  • 1931
    Takashi Ono, Japanese gymnast
  • 1931
    Telê Santana, Brazilian football manager and player (d. 2006)
  • 1934
    Tommy McDonald, American football player
  • 1936
    Mary Millar, English actress (d. 1998)
  • 1938
    Darlene Love, American singer
  • 1939
    Bob Lilly, American football player
  • 1939
    John Howard, 25th Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1939
    Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet
  • 1940
    Bobby Rousseau, Quebec ice hockey player
  • 1940
    Dobie Gray, American singer
  • 1940
    Mary Jo Kopechne, American aide to Robert F. Kennedy (d. 1969)
  • 1940
    Tolis Voskopoulos, Greek singer
  • 1941
    Bobby Hebb, American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1941
    Brenton Wood, American singer-songwriter
  • 1941
    Jean Baubérot, French historian and sociologist
  • 1942
    Teddy Pilette, Belgian racing driver
  • 1942
    Vladimír Mečiar, Slovakian politician, 1st and 3rd Prime Minister of Slovakia
  • 1943
    Mick Jagger, English singer (The Rolling Stones)
  • 1943
    Peter Hyams, American film director
  • 1944
    Kiel Martin, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1945
    Betty Davis, American funk, rock and soul singer
  • 1945
    Helen Mirren, English actress
  • 1948
    Herbert Wiesinger, German pairs skater
  • 1949
    Roger Taylor, English drummer and vocalist (Queen)
  • 1949
    Thaksin Shinawatra, 23rd Prime Minister of Thailand
  • 1950
    Nelinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1950
    Rich Vogler, American race car driver (d. 1990)
  • 1950
    Susan George, English actress
  • 1951
    Rick Martin, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1953
    Edie Mirman, American voice actress
  • 1953
    Robert Phillips, American classical guitarist
  • 1954
    Vitas Gerulaitis, American tennis player (d. 1994)
  • 1955
    Aleksandrs Starkovs, Latvian footballer
  • 1956
    Dorothy Hamill, American figure skater
  • 1956
    Tommy Rich, American professional wrestler
  • 1957
    Hart Hanson, American television writer and producer
  • 1957
    Nana Visitor, American actress
  • 1957
    Yuen Biao, Hong Kong actor
  • 1958
    Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist
  • 1959
    Kevin Spacey, American actor
  • 1959
    Michael Ross, American serial killer (d. 2005)
  • 1959
    Rick Bragg, American writer
  • 1959
    Tom McGowan, American actor
  • 1961
    Andy Connell, English keyboardist (Swing Out Sister, A Certain Ratio)
  • 1961
    Dimitris Saravakos, Greek footballer
  • 1961
    Gary Cherone, American vocalist (Extreme, Van Halen)
  • 1962
    Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Irish fiddler and vocalist (Altan)
  • 1964
    Danny Woodburn, American actor
  • 1964
    Ralf Metzenmacher, German painter and designer
  • 1964
    Sandra Bullock, American actress
  • 1965
    Jeremy Piven, American actor
  • 1967
    Anthony Durante, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)
  • 1967
    Tim Schafer, American computer game designer
  • 1968
    Frédéric Diefenthal, French actor and director
  • 1968
    Olivia Williams, English actress
  • 1969
    Greg Colbrunn, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Joan Wasser, American singer-songwriter and violinist (Dambuilders)
  • 1971
    Khaled Mahmud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1972
    Nathan Buckley, Australian rules footballer
  • 1972
    Wayne Wonder, Jamaican singer
  • 1973
    Chris Pirillo, American TV host and blogger
  • 1973
    Kate Beckinsale, British actress
  • 1973
    Lenka Kotková, Czech astronomer
  • 1973
    Vaniity, Mexican transsexual pornographic actress
  • 1974
    Daniel Negreanu, Canadian poker player
  • 1974
    Dean Sturridge, English footballer
  • 1975
    Joe Smith, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Tanja Szewczenko, German figure skater
  • 1977
    Kim Walther, TV actress
  • 1977
    Martin Laursen, Danish footballer
  • 1977
    Rebecca St. James, Australian-born singer
  • 1979
    Derek Paravicini, British autistic savant
  • 1979
    Erik Westrum, American ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Friedrich Michau, German rugby player
  • 1979
    Mageina Tovah, American actress
  • 1979
    Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41)
  • 1980
    Lee Dong-gun, South Korean actor
  • 1981
    Abe Forsythe, Australian actor and director
  • 1981
    Maicon Douglas Sisenando, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982
    Chez Starbuck, American actor
  • 1983
    Delonte West, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Roderick Strong, American professional wrestler
  • 1984
    Kyriakos Ioannou, Cypriot high jumper
  • 1984
    Leigh Lezark, American DJ and model
  • 1985
    Audrey De Montigny, Canadian singer
  • 1985
    Marcus Benard, American football player
  • 1985
    Mugdha Godse, Indian actress and model
  • 1987
    Fredy Montero, Colombian footballer
  • 1987
    Miriam McDonald, Canadian actress
  • 1988
    Francia Raisa, American actress
  • 1989
    Ivian Sarcos, Venezuelan beauty pageant
  • 1993
    Elizabeth Gillies, American actress
  • 1993
    Taylor Momsen, American actress and singer

Who Died On July 26?

  • 342
    Jin Chengdi, Chinese emperor (b. 321)
  • 796
    King Offa of Mercia (birth year unknown)
  • 811
    Nikephoros I Logothetes, Byzantine Emperor (birth year unknown)
  • 1380
    Emperor Komyo of Japan (b. 1322)
  • 1471
    Pope Paul II (b. 1417)
  • 1592
    Armand de Gontaut, baron de Biron, French soldier (b. 1524)
  • 1611
    Horio Yoshiharu, Japanese warlord (b. 1542)
  • 1680
    John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, English writer (b. 1647)
  • 1684
    Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician (b. 1646)
  • 1712
    Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds, English statesman (b. 1631)
  • 1723
    Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (b. 1660)
  • 1801
    Archduke Maximilian Franz of Austria (b. 1756)
  • 1863
    Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas (b. 1793)
  • 1867
    King Otto of Greece (b. 1815)
  • 1919
    Sir Edward Poynter, British painter (b. 1836)
  • 1925
    Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver (b. 1888)
  • 1925
    Gottlob Frege, German mathematician and logician (b. 1848)
  • 1925
    William Jennings Bryan, American politician (b. 1860)
  • 1930
    Pavlos Karolidis, Greek historian (b. 1849)
  • 1932
    Fred Duesenberg German-born American automotive pioneer (b. 1876)
  • 1934
    Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (b. 1871)
  • 1941
    Henri Lebesgue, French mathematician (b. 1875)
  • 1942
    Roberto Arlt, Argentinian writer (b. 1900)
  • 1952
    Eva Perón, Argentine First Lady (b. 1919)
  • 1953
    Nikolaos Plastiras, Greek general and politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1883)
  • 1957
    Dorotheus, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1888)
  • 1960
    Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • 1960
    Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (b. 1879)
  • 1964
    Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician and race driver (b. 1884)
  • 1969
    Frank Loesser, American composer (b. 1910)
  • 1970
    Robert Taschereau, French-Canadian jurist (b. 1896)
  • 1971
    Diane Arbus, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 1976
    Stefanos Natsinas, Greek politician (b. 1910)
  • 1980
    Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (b. 1928)
  • 1984
    Ed Gein, American serial killer (b. 1906)
  • 1984
    George Gallup, American statistician and opinion pollster (b. 1901)
  • 1986
    Averell Harriman, American diplomat (b. 1891)
  • 1988
    Fazlur Rahman Malik, Pakistani scholar (b. 1919)
  • 1990
    Brent Mydland, American keyboardist (Grateful Dead) (b. 1952)
  • 1992
    Mary Wells, American singer (b. 1943)
  • 1993
    Matthew Ridgway, American army general (b. 1895)
  • 1994
    Christy Henrich, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • 1994
    James Luther Adams, American theologian (b. 1901)
  • 1994
    Terry Scott, British actor (b. 1927)
  • 1994
    Tonia Marketaki, Greek film director and screenwriter (b. 1942)
  • 1995
    George W. Romney, American businessman and politician (b. 1907)
  • 1995
    Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian guitarist (b. 1917)
  • 1995
    Raymond Mailloux, Quebec politician (b. 1918)
  • 1999
    Phaedon Gizikis, Greek Army officer, president of Greece during the military junta (b. 1917)
  • 2000
    John Tukey, American statistician (b. 1915)
  • 2001
    Peter von Zahn, German journalist (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    Rex Barber, American WWII aviator (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    William A. Mitchell, American food chemist (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    Alexander Golitzen, American art director (b. 1908)
  • 2005
    Betty Astell, British actress (b. 1912)
  • 2005
    Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1945)
  • 2005
    Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (b. 1925)
  • 2007
    John Normington, English actor (b. 1937)
  • 2007
    Lars Forssell, Swedish writer (b. 1928)
  • 2007
    Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (b. 1950)
  • 2009
    Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • 2010
    Sivakant Tiwari, senior legal officer of the Singapore Legal Service (b. 1945)
  • 2011
    Margaret Olley, Australian artist (b.1923)

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