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On this day in history - July 26

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.

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Births On This Day,
July 26

  • 1943 Mick Jagger

    English singer-songwriter, producer, actor

  • 1928 Stanley Kubrick

    American director

  • 1894 Aldous Huxley

    English author

  • 1875 Carl Jung

    Swiss psychiatrist

  • 1856 George Bernard Shaw

    Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate

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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