What Happened On This Day – July 26
1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is signed into law
The law banned discrimination based on disability.
1965 Independence of Maldives
The Indian Ocean Island nation gained independence after 78 years of British rule.
1963 Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite is launched
Part of NASA's Syncom program, it was responsible for transmitting the first TV signal from a geosynchronous satellite, a manmade satellite whose orbital period around the Earth matches the Earth's rotation.
1945 Potsdam Declaration is signed
Also known as the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender, the declaration signed by the US, UK and China, detailed the terms of surrender for Japan after World War II.
1847 The country of Liberia is founded
This west African state was founded primarily by freed slaves from the United States. The Liberian constitution was based on the US's constitution and the capital, Monrovia, is named after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.
Births On This Day – July 26
1943 Mick Jagger
English singer-songwriter, producer, actor
1928 Stanley Kubrick
1894 Aldous Huxley
1875 Carl Jung
1856 George Bernard Shaw
Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate
Deaths On This Day – July 26
1995 George W. Romney
American businessman, politician
1952 Eva Perón
Argentinian actress, 25th First Lady of Argentina
1925 William Jennings Bryan
American politician, 41st United States Secretary of State
1863 Sam Houston
American soldier, politician, 1st President of the Republic of Texas
796 Offa of Mercia