July 26th

2006
A jury in Houston found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning of her children in a bathtub in the second trial she faced on the charges. she was committed to a state mental hospital.
Andrea Yates
2000
A federal judge approved a $1.25 billion settlement between Swiss banks and more than a half million plaintiffs who alleged the banks had hoarded money deposited by Holocaust victims.
Wells Fargo
1990
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that a young woman – later identified as Kimberly Bergalis of Florida – had been infected with the AIDS virus, apparently by her dentist.
Kimberly Bergalis
1971
Apollo 15 was launched on a manned mission to the moon.
Apollo 15
1965
Independence of Maldives. The Indian Ocean Island nation gained independence after 78 years of British rule.
History of the Maldives
1964
Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa and six others were convicted of fraud and conspiracy in the handling of a union pension fund.
United States Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in ...
1963
Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite is launched. Part of NASA's Syncom program, it was responsible for transmitting the first TV signal from a geosynchronous satellite, a manmade satellite whose orbital period around the Earth matches the Earth's rotation.
Syncom
1956
Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.
Gamal Abdel Nasser
1953
Fidel Castro was among a group of rebelling anti-Batistas who unsuccessfully attacked an army barracks.
Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution
1952
Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
1952 Democratic National Convention
1948
President Harry S. Truman signed executive orders prohibiting discrimination in the U.S. armed forces and federal employment.
Executive Order 9981
1947
President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
National Security Act of 1947
1945
Potsdam Declaration is signed. Also known as the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender, the declaration signed by the US, UK and China, detailed the terms of surrender for Japan after World War II.
Potsdam Declaration
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).
Federal Bureau of Investigation
1856
Playwright George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland.
George Bernard Shaw
1847
The country of Liberia is founded. This west African state was founded primarily by freed slaves from the United States. The Liberian constitution was based on the US's constitution and the capital, Monrovia, is named after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.
History of Liberia
1803
The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opens in south London.
Surrey Iron Railway
1788
New York became the 11th state to ratify the Constitution.
11th New York State Legislature
1519
Francisco Pizarro receives royal charter for the west coast of South America.
Hernán Cortés
657
Battle of Siffin during the first Muslim civil war between Ali ibn Abi Talib and Muawiyah I beside Euphrates River.
Battle of Siffin