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1519Francisco Pizarro receives royal charter for the west coast of South America

1529Francisco Pizarro appointed governor of Peru

1579Francis Drake leaves San Francisco to cross Pacific Ocean

1656Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn declares he is insolvent

1758British battle fleet under gen James Wolfe conquerors Louisbourg

1775United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin

1822Secret meeting of Simon Bolivar & Jose de San Martin

1914First Lord of the Admiralty (British Minister of Navy) Winston Churchill orders British fleet to remain

1917J. Edgar Hoover gets job in US Department of Justice

1933Joe DiMaggio ends 61 game hitting streak in Pacific Coast League

1945Winston Churchill resigns as Britain's Prime Minister after election defeat

1948"Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance

1948Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant

1952Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer

1953Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the "26th of July Movement," against Fulgenico Batista's regime

1957Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200

1959Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Western Golf Open

1970Reds Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs of Phillies Steve Carlton

1978Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run

198136th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

1984Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,052nd single

1988Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM

1990President Bush signs Americans With Disabilities Act

199247th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jul 26, 657
Battle of Siffin during the first Muslim civil war between Ali ibn Abi Talib and Muawiyah I beside Euphrates River 
Jul 26, 811
Battle of Pliska: Bulgarians under Krum beat Byzantines 
Jul 26, 920
Rout of an alliance of Christian troops from Navarre and Léon against the Muslims at Pamplona. 
Jul 26, 1267
Inquistion forms in Rome under pope Clement IV 
Jul 26, 1309
Henry VII is recognized King of the Romans by Pope Clement V. 
Jul 26, 1469
Wars of the Roses: Battle of Edgecote Moor - Pitting the forces of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick against those of King Edward IV. 
Jul 26, 1497
"Edward IV's son" Perkin Warbeck's army lands in Cork 
Jul 26, 1499
Alonso dhe Ojeda discovers Curacao Island 
Jul 26, 1519
Francisco Pizarro receives royal charter for the west coast of South America 
Jul 26, 1524
James V declared by Scottish Parliament fit to govern 
Jul 26, 1529
Francisco Pizarro appointed governor of Peru 
Jul 26, 1576
Muitende Spanish troops conquer Aalst 
Jul 26, 1579
Francis Drake leaves San Francisco to cross Pacific Ocean 
Jul 26, 1588
John Hawkins knighted 
Jul 26, 1656
Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn declares he is insolvent 
Jul 26, 1663
France annexes Venaissin 
Jul 26, 1678
England & Netherlands signs treaty: sending ultimatum to France 
Jul 26, 1757
Battle at Hastenbeck: French army beats Duke of Cumberland 
Jul 26, 1758
British battle fleet under gen James Wolfe conquerors Louisbourg 
Jul 26, 1759
French troops vacate Ticonderoga NY 
Jul 26, 1760
Austrian troops occupy Fort Glatz Silezie 
Jul 26, 1775
United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin 
Jul 26, 1788
NY becomes 11th state to ratify constitution 
Jul 26, 1790
US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts 
Jul 26, 1803
The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opens in south London. 
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