This Day in History - July 26

July 26

  657 – Mu’awiya defeats Caliph Ali in the Battle of Siffin in Mesopotamia

  796 – Offa of Mercia dies

1526 – Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon and colonists leave Santo Domingo for Florida

1529 – Francisco Pizarro receives a royal warrant to “discover and conquer” Peru

1758 – British forces capture France’s Fortress of Louisbourg after a seven-week siege

1759 – The French relinquish Fort Ticonderoga in New York to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst

1775 – The Continental Congress establishes a postal system for the colonies with Benjamin Franklin at the first postmaster general

1790 – An attempt at a counter-revolution in France is put down by the National Guard at Lyons

1794 – The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus, France

1796 – Artist and author, George Catlin, is born

1797 – Future President John Quincy Adams marries Louisa Johnson in London

1830 – King Charles X of France issues five ordinances limiting the political and civil rights of citizens

1847 – Liberia becomes the first African colony to become an independent state

1848 – The French army suppresses the Paris uprising

1856 – Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, is born

1863 – 1st President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, dies

1863 – Confederate leader, John Hunt Morgan, is captured at Salineville, Ohio

1875 – Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, is born

1878 – Assistant Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a drunken cowboy while attempting to preserve the peace in Dodge City

1886 – William Gladstone is replaced by Lord Salisbury as Prime Minister of England

1893 – German satiric artist, George Grosz, is born

1894 – English author, Aldous Huxley, is born

1895 – Actress and wife of George Burns, Gracie Allen, is born

1908 – The FBI is founded

1914 – Trumpeter, Erskine Hawkins, is born

1916 – During the Battle of the Somme, Australian troops battle Germans at Pozieres in France

1918 – Britain’s top war ace, Edward Mannock, is shot down by ground fire on the Western Front

1920 – The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified

1925 – 41st US Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan dies

1928 – Film director, Stanley Kubrick, is born

1928 – Welsh novelist and filmmaker, Bernice Rubens, is born

1931 – A swarm of grasshoppers descends on crops throughout the American heartland, devastating millions of acres

1941 – The US freezes all Japanese assets in retaliation for the Japanese occupation of French Indo-China

1942 – Novelist, William Faulkner, begins a five-month screenwriting stint with Warner Brothers

1943 – Musician, Mick Jagger, is born

1945 – Winston Churchill is forced to resign as British Prime Minister

1947 – President Harry Truman signs the National Security Act

1947 – Musician and songwriter, Alan Gordon, is born

1948 – In an Executive Order, President Harry Truman calls for the end of discrimination and segregation in the US armed forces

1952 – American Bob Mathias wins his second straight gold medal in the Olympic decathlon at the XV Olympiad in Helsinki, Finland

1952 – 25th First Lady of Argentina, actress Eva Peron dies

1956 – The Suez Crisis begins when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the British and French-owned Suez Canal

1968 – Truong Dinh Dzu, a South Vietnamese opposition leader, is sentenced to five years hard labor for urging the formation of a coalition government as a step toward ending the war

1984 – Serial killer famous for skinning human corpses, Ed Gein, dies

1995 – Politician and businessman, George W. Romney, dies

1998 – Three fans are killed and six wounded by flying debris from a car at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan

2005 – The shuttle Discovery launches on missions STS-114, marking a return to space after the shuttle Columbia crash of 2003

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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