What Happened Today – July 26?

Everyone has a history. What you do with it is up to you. Some repeat it. Some learn from it.

The really special ones use it to help others. – John Mark Green

On This Day:

1775 – Establishment of the U.S Postal Service by the Second Continental Congress. Benjamin Franklin was named the first Postmaster General.

1865 – New Zealand’s capital was moved from Auckland to Wellington. The argument over the new location for more central capital had been going for more than a decade.

1908 – Founding of FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) with Stanley Finch being the first Director. It was initially named as BOI (Bureau of Investigation) which again changed to DOI (Division of Investigation) and finally FBI in 1935.

1945 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill resigns in the 11th of World War II, as his party lost the election.

1948 – American President Harry S. Truman signs an Executive order abolishing discrimination in the U.S Military, where black American soldiers were segregated and subjected to menial jobs.

1956 – Seuz Canal was captured by the Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, who nationalized it and collected tolls from the passing ships. This was in retaliation to U.S reneging on the promise of funds for construction of Aswan Dam on river Nile.

1965 – Maldives gained its independence from British.

1982 – Indian Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan was fatally injured during the shoot of the movie “Coolie” and was hospitalized. He underwent multiple surgeries to his abdomen and went into coma. He was even declared dead for few minutes before coming back to life.

1990 – “General Hospital” which according to the Guinness Book of World Records is the longest running soap opera in the U.S recorded its 7000th episode.

1999 – End of the Kargil War between India and Pakistan that had been going on for 3 months. It started when Pakistani soldiers disguised as Kashmiri militants infiltrated the LOC (Line of Control) and captured vacated Indian Posts in the Kargil sector of Kashmir.

1971 – Photographer Diane Arbus committed suicide at the age of 48, who was known to capture portraits of people living on the edge of the society.

2018 – Facebook stocks drop roughly 20% with a loss of $120 billion. It was the worst day for any public company on Stock Market.

2019 – Meg Lanning scored a record 133 from 63 balls in International T20 against England at Chelmsford.

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