Today In History – 26 July 2020

Today In History

Learn what happened today in history around the world including major events across the world!

Year: 657

 Battle of Siffin during the first Muslim civil war between Ali ibn Abi Talib and Muawiyah I beside Euphrates River

Year: 1267

Inquisition forms in Rome under Pope Clement IV

Year: 1309

Henry VII is recognized King of the Romans by Pope Clement V

Year: 1519 

Francisco Pizarro receives royal charter for the west coast of South America

Year: 1524

James V declared fit to govern by the Scottish Parliament

Year: 1529

Francisco Pizarro appointed Governor of Peru

Year: 1533

Francisco Pizarro orders the death of the last Sapa Inca Emperor, Atahualpa

Year: 1609

English mathematician Thomas Harriot is the first person to draw a map of the Moon by looking through a telescope

Year: 1803

The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world’s first public railway, opens in south London

Year: 1835

1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii

Year: 1847

The Liberian Declaration of Independence is signed making Liberia a sovereign nation, independent from the American Colonization Society

Year: 1863

Battle of Salineville Ohio, John Hunt Morgan and 364 troops surrender

Year: 1865

The capital of New Zealand moves from Auckland to Wellington

Year: 1891

Henry James’ “American” premieres in London

Year: 1902

Australia beat England by 3 runs at Old Trafford


Year: 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)

Year: 1944

Japanese suicide attack on US lines in Guam

Year: 1944

The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain (nicknamed “gasometer”).

Year: 1945

Declaration of Potsdam: US, Britain, and China demand the unconditional surrender of Japan during WWII

Year: 1951

Netherlands ends state of war with Germany

Year: 1953

Fidel Castro leads a failed attack on the Moncada Barracks, intended to spark a revolution in Cuba

Year: 1955

Ted Allen throws a record 72 consecutive horseshoe ringers

Year: 1958

Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer IV

Year: 1965

Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (National Day)

Year: 1971

Apollo 15 launched (Scott and Irwin) to 4th manned landing on Moon

Year: 1999

Fighting ceases between India and Pakistan in the Kargil War, Kashmir, after two months of fighting.

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