What Happened on July 26

Significant 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 leads a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks, intended to spark a revolution in Cuba
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July 26 in Film & TV

  • 1896 Vitascope Hall, 1st permanent for-profit movie theatre, opens in New Orleans

July 26 in Music

July 26 in Sport

Did You Know?

1st automobile trip across the United States (San Francisco to New York) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker

On July 26, 1903

Would You Believe?

3 live king cobras reported found inside potato chip cans by customs officials in Los Angeles

On July 26, 2017

Famous Weddings

  • 1797 US President John Quincy Adams (29) weds Louisa Johnson (22) at All Hallows Barking parish in London
  • 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

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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