What Happened on July 26

Historical Events

  • 657 Battle of Siffin during the first Muslim civil war between Ali ibn Abi Talib and Muawiyah I beside Euphrates River
  • 1519 Francisco Pizarro receives royal charter for the west coast of South America
  • 1803 The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opens in south London.
  • 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).
  • 1945 Declaration of Potsdam: US, Britain and China demand the Japanese surrender during WWII
  • 1953 Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the "26th of July Movement," against Fulgenico Batista's regime in Cuba
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Did You Know?

1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker

On July 26, 1903

Famous Weddings

  • 1849 Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott (28) weds Mary Bethune at bride's parents home
  • 1895 Physicist and chemist Marie Curie (27) weds physicist Pierre Curie (36) in Sceaux, France
  • 1942 Science fiction author Isaac Asimov (22) weds Gertrude Blugerman in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1967 Cricketer Richie Benaud (35) weds second wife Daphne Surfleet in London
  • 1969 "The 5th Dimension" lead vocalist Marilyn McCoo (25) weds fellow bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. (31)

Famous Divorces

  • 2006 Former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff (54) divorces actress and singer Pamela Bach (42) due to irreconcilable differences after 16 years of marriage
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