On This Day

On This Day in History for July 26 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1965 Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1966 Lord Gardiner issues the Practice Statement in the House of Lords stating that the House is not bound to follow its own previous precedent
  • 1969 Sharon Sites Adams, 39, becomes 1st lady to solo sail the Pacific
  • 1971 Apollo 15 launched (Scott and Irwin) to 4th manned landing on Moon
  • 1972 Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle
  • 1974 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974 USSR's Soyuz fails to dock with Salyut 3
  • 1975 Soyuz 18B returns to Earth
  • 1977 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • 1977 The 'Committee of 10' formed by prominent Soweto residents, issues a programme for the election of a new community board to have total autonomy in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1978 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1979 Estimated 109 cm (43") of rain falls in Alvin, Texas (national record)
  • 1981 2 climbers fall 550 m down cliff near Angel Falls, Venezuela

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1981 New York Mayor Ed Koch is given the Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch
  • 1982 Canada's Anik D1 Comsat launched by US Delta rocket
  • 1983 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), for mating for STS-8

  • 1983 Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czech sets 800m woman's record (1:53.28)
  • 1983 Light flashes seen on Jupiter moon Io
  • 1983 US threatens action to preserve navigation in Persian Gulf
  • 1986 Lebanese kidnappers released Rev Lawrence Martin Jenco
  • 1990 General Hospital records its 7,000th episode

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1990 US President George H. W. Bush signs Americans With Disabilities Act

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 Britain honours her dead in the Falklands War
  • 1993 Boeing 737-500 crashes in South Korea, 66 killed
  • 1993 The first of four photos of Mars is taken by the Mars Observer, just under a month before the spacecraft failed in flight
  • 1994 Cambodia's Red Khmer surprise attack on train, kills 13
  • 1994 Turkish air force bombs Kurds, struggle in Iraq, 70 killed
  • 1999 Fighting ceases between India and Pakistan in the Kargil War, Kashmir, after two months of fighting
  • 2005 Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003
  • 2005 Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days
  • 2005 Samir Geagea, the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader, is released after spending 11 years in a solitary confinement. His release came after the end of the Syrian occupation to Lebanon.
  • 2012 At least 200 people are killed in a day of violence in Syria
  • 2012 Insurgent attack kills 19 people and destroys a helicopter at Baqubah, Iraq
  • 2012 North Korea is hit by Tropical Storm Khanun, killing 88 people and leaving 60,000 people homeless
  • 2013 57 people are killed in a market bombing in Parachinar, Pakistan
  • 2014 Taghrooda wins the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
  • 2014 While Israel reject long-term ceasefire that does not include destroying the Hamas tunnels, they agree to 12 hour ceasefire; Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip now exceeds 1000
  • 2014 The Chinese government suspends a Shanghai meat dealer and makes arrests after the company sold out-of-date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken

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2017 US President Donald Trump announces policy to ban transgender people from the military, overturning Obama era changes

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2017 Great Britain announces it will ban gasoline and diesel cars by 2040
  • 2017 3 live king cobras reported found inside potato chip cans by customs officials in Los Angeles
  • 2018 Facebook has the single worst day of any public company on the stock market - losing 19% or $119 billion market value
  • 2018 Authorities in Stung Treng province, Cambodia, evacuate 25,000 below collapsed Laos dam as waters rise
  • 2018 Over 700 immigrant children still separated from their parents in the US as court-imposed deadline to reunite them passes

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2018 Observation of a black hole by The Very Large Telescope in Chile proves Albert Einstein's prediction of "gravitational redshift", published in "Journal Astronomy & Astrophysics"

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein

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2020 Body of civil rights activist John Lewis crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for the last time (beaten there 55 years ago) with a military honor guard as part of a remembrance ceremony

Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis
Civil Rights Leader and Congressman
John Lewis

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