Today in History for 26th July 2021

Historical Events

1926 – Philippines government asks USA for a plebiscite on independence
1945 – Japanese government disregards US ultimatum
1948 – Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant
1965 – Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1984 – Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,502nd single
2005 – Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission – Launch of Discovery, NASA’s first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003

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Famous Birthdays

1895 – Jane Bunford, Britain’s tallest-ever person measuring 2.41 metres (7 ft 11 in) at the time of her death, born in Bartley Green, Northfield, Birmingham (d. 1922)
1899 – Carel C. van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Italian and Roman art), born in Amsterdam (d. 1963)
1934 – Anthony Gilbert, British composer, born in London
1943 – Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, born in Swinton, Lancashire (d. 2015)
1954 – Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian/American tennis player (Australian Open 1977; Wimbledon doubles 1975), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
1987 – Miriam McDonald, Canadian actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation), born in Oakville, Ontario

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Famous Deaths

1342 – Charles I Robert van Anjou, King of Hungary (1307-42), dies
1957 – Carlos Castillo Armas, Dictator and President of Guatemala (1954-57), assassinated by a palace guard with leftist sympathies at 42
1987 – Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), dies at 71
2004 – Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
2015 – Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, dies in a coma at 22
2018 – Simegnew Bekele, Ethiopian dam engineer (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam), murdered at 53

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