History of 26 July
1907 – The Chester was launched. It was the first turbine-propelled ship.
1908 – U.S. Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order that created an investigative agency that was a forerunner of the FBI.
1945 – Winston Churchill resigned as Britain’s prime minister.
1947 – U.S. President Truman signed the National Security Act. The act created the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1948 – Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, “The Babe Ruth Story.”
1948 – U.S. President Truman signed executive orders that prohibited discrimination in the U.S. armed forces and federal employment.
1952 – King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated in the wake of a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser.
1953 – Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. Castro eventually ousted Batista six years later.
1956 – Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.
1971 – Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL.
1998 – AT&T and British Telecommunications PLC announced they were forming a joint venture to combine international operations and develop a new Internet system.
1999 – 1,500 pieces of Marilyn Monroe’s personal items went on display at Christie’s in New York, NY. The items went on sale later in 1999.
2016 – The Sagamihara stabbings occur in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. Nineteen people are killed.
2016 – Hillary Clinton becomes the first female nominee for President of the United States by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
2016 – Solar Impulse 2 becomes the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Eart.
Celebrating Birthday Today
1981 – Abe Forsythe, Australian actor, director, and screenwriter
1981 – Maicon Sisenando, Brazilian footballer
1982 – Gilad Hochman, Israeli composer
1982 – Christopher Kane, Scottish fashion designer
1983 – Kelly Clark, American snowboarder
1983 – Stephen Makinwa, Nigerian footballer
1983 – Roderick Strong, American wrestler
1983 – Naomi van As, Dutch field hockey player
1983 – Delonte West, American basketball player
1984 – Kyriakos Ioannou, Cypriot high jumper
1984 – Benjamin Kayser, French rugby player
1984 – Sabri Sarıoğlu, Turkish footballer
1985 – Marcus Benard, American football player
1985 – Gaël Clichy, French footballer
1985 – Audrey De Montigny, Canadian singer-songwriter
1985 – Mat Gamel, American baseball player
1986 – Leonardo Ulloa, the Argentinian footballer
1986 – John White, English footballer
1987 – Panagiotis Kone, Greek footballer
1987 – Jordie Benn, Canadian ice hockey player
1987 – Fredy Montero, Colombian footballer
1988 – Yurie Omi, Japanese female announcer
1988 – Sayaka Akimoto, Filipino–Japanese actress, and singer
1991 – Tyson Barrie, Canadian ice hockey player
1992 – Marika Koroibete, Fijian rugby player
1993 – Raymond Faitala-Mariner, New Zealand rugby league player
1994 – Ella Leivo, a Finnish tennis player
1996 – Olivia Breen, British sprinter