Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/July 26
This is a list of selected July 26 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|Independence Day in Liberia (1847) and the Maldives (1965)||Liberia: requires expansion; Maldives: refimprove section|
|1509 – Krishnadevaraya, who would become the most powerful of all the Hindu rulers of India, ascended to the throne of the Vijayanagara Empire.||needs more footnotes|
|1822 – José de San Martín met with Simón Bolívar in Guayaquil to plan for the future of Peru and South America in general.||needs more footnotes|
|1863 – American Civil War: Union forces captured Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and 360 of his volunteers in northeastern Ohio, ending Morgan's Raid.||needs more footnotes|
|1963 – Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite, was launched by NASA on a Delta B rocket from Cape Canaveral.||needs more footnotes|
- 811 – Bulgarian forces led by Khan Krum defeated the Byzantines at the Battle of Pliska, annihilating almost the whole army and killing Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros I.
- 1581 – Representatives of the States General of the Netherlands signed the Act of Abjuration, declaring the independence of the Dutch Low Countries from King Philip II of Spain.
- 1759 – French and Indian War: Rather than defend Fort Carillon near present-day Ticonderoga, New York, from an approaching 11,000-man British force, French Brigadier General François-Charles de Bourlamaque withdrew his troops and attempted to blow the fort up.
- 1882 – Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal, loosely based on Wolfram von Eschenbach's epic poem Parzival about Arthurian knight Percival and his quest for the Holy Grail, officially premiered at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Bavaria (present-day Germany).
- 1908 – Unable to use U.S. Secret Service agents as investigators, U.S. Attorney General Charles Bonaparte established what is now the Federal Bureau of Investigation as his own staff of special agents.
- 1945 – The Labour Party won the United Kingdom general election of July 5 by a landslide, replacing Winston Churchill as Prime Minister with Clement Attlee.
- 1953 – Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl led a group of approximately 160 rebels in an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution.
- 1953 – In Short Creek, Arizona, police conducted a mass arrest of approximately 400 Mormon fundamentalists for polygamy.
- 1968 – After coming second to Nguyễn Văn Thiệu in a rigged presidential election in 1967, Trương Đình Dzu was jailed by a military court for illicit currency transactions.
- 1999 – Fighting in the Kargil War ended after Indian troops cleared the town of Drass, Kashmir, of Pakistani forces.
- 2007 – After widespread controversy throughout Wales, Shambo, a black Friesian bull that had been adopted by the local Hindu community, was slaughtered due to concerns about bovine tuberculosis.
- 2008 – One day after similar bombings in Bangalore, 21 bombs exploded in Ahmedabad, India, killing 56 people and injuring over 200 others.
- 1882 – Boer mercenaries declared their independence from the Transvaal Republic and established the Republic of Stellaland.
- 1887 – L. L. Zamenhof published Unua Libro, the first publication to describe Esperanto, a constructed international language.
- 1936 – The Canadian National Vimy Memorial (pictured), dedicated to the Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War, was unveiled near Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, France.
- 1990 – U.S. President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.
- 2009 – The militant Islamist sect Boko Haram launched an attack on a Nigeria Police Force station, sparking violence across several states in northeastern Nigeria, leaving over 1,000 people dead.
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