Holidays Calendar for July 26, 2016

July 26 is celebrated as Day of the National Rebellion in Cuba. This public holiday commemorates the 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks, which is considered to be the beginning of the insurrection that expelled Fulgencio Batista. Festivities typically last for three days, from July 25 to 27.

The Republic of Liberia celebrates its Independence Day on July 26. This public holiday commemorates the country's independence from the American Colonization Society in 1847.

The Republic of Maldives celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom on July 26. Independence Day is one of the public holidays in Maldives.

Kargil Victory Day is a memorial day in India that commemorates the end of the 1999 Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan. Although the conflict resulted in return to status quo ante bellum, India sees this as a victory.

National Coffee Milkshake Day is celebrated every year on July 26. A refreshing caffeinated beverage is a perfect drink for a warm summer day. A coffee milkshake contains less caffeine than a regular iced coffee so it is more kid-friendly.


This Day in History

  • 2011 Died: Margaret Olley, Australian painter, the subject of more than 90 solo exhibitions. Before her death she donated 130 of her own works to the Art Gallery of New South Wales worth $7 million.
  • 2005 Over 5,000 people died in floods in Mumbai, India. The flood was caused by heavy rain, that continued for two days. That rain was the eighth heaviest ever recorded rainfall.
  • 2004 Died: William A. Mitchell, American food chemist. During the time of work for General Foods Corporation he invented Pop Rocks, sugar candies, that create fizzy reaction when dissolve in saliva, Jell-O, Cool Whip and powdered egg whites.
  • 1983 Czech athlete Jarmila Kratochvílová set a world record for the 800 meter, running the distance at a time of 1:53:28. Her record is still not broken.
  • 1973 Born: Kate Beckinsale, English actress. She made a break-out in 2001 with starring roles in the war film Pearl Harbor and Serendipity. She also starred in The Aviator, Click, Van Helsing, Underworld: Evolution etc.
  • 1971 Apollo 15 was launched from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 in Florida, USA. The mission is known to be the first mission to use the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
  • 1971 Nicolette Milnes-Walker became the first woman to successfully complete single-handedly non-stop sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1968 Born: Frédéric Diefenthal, French actor and director, best known for role as Émilien in French Taxi series.
  • 1964 Born: Sandra Bullock, American actress and producer, one of the Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, winner of one Academy Award and one Golden Globe Award. She played in number of successful films: Miss Congeniality and its sequel, The Lake House, Premonition etc.
  • 1963 The world's first geosynchronous satellite Syncom 2 was launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.
  • 1959 Born: Kevin Spacey, American actor, singer, and producer, winner of several Golden Globe Awards, Academy Awards and BAFTAs. He is remembered for roles in films Seven, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty.
  • 1952 Died: Eva Perón, Argentinian actress and politician, First Lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952. She became a part of international popular culture, most famously as the subject of the musical Evita.
  • 1952 King of Egypt Farouk abdicated the throne in favor of his son Fuad, who was at that time only 7-month old. Fuad II of Egypt ruled the country only for one year, from 1952 to 1953.
  • 1951 Alice in Wonderland, Walt Disney's 13th animated film, premiered in London, England.
  • 1945 The Potsdam Declaration was signed in Potsdam, Germany. The declaration called for the surrender of all Japanese armed forces. According to the declaration, if the Empire of Japan didn't surrender, it would face total destruction.
  • 1943 Born: Mick Jagger, English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer and founder member of The Rolling Stones.
  • 1942 Died: Roberto Arlt, Argentinian author and playwright. Many of his works were filmed and translated to English, Italian, German, Portuguese and other languages. Back in Argentina Arlt influenced on works of the next generation of artists.
  • 1932 Died: Fred Duesenberg, German-American businessman, co-founder of the Duesenberg Company, an American manufacturer of luxury automobiles.
  • 1928 Born: Stanley Kubrick, American director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer, regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time. Most of his films were nominated for Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars. He is best known for films Lolita, A Clockwork Orange and Paths of Glory.
  • 1928 Born: Joe Jackson, American talent manager, known to be the father of the Jackson family, family of entertainers, that includes music superstars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.
  • 1926 Died: Robert Todd Lincoln, American lawyer and politician, the only son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, who lived to adulthood. He served as the 35th United States Secretary of War from 1881 to 1885.
  • 1925 Died: Antonio Ascari, Italian race car driver, Grand Prix motor racing champion. Ascari was a promising racer, but he was killed in an accident during French Grand Prix.
  • 1919 Died: Edward Poynter, English painter and illustrator, President of the Royal Academy. He is best known for historical paintings as Israel in Egypt, St George for England, Visit of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.
  • 1875 Born: Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, the founder of analytical psychology. His work much influenced on psychiatry, philosophy, anthropology, archeology, literature, and religious studies.
  • 1867 Died: Otto, Bavarian prince, the first modern King of Greece. He was crowned in 1832 and ruled the country till 1862, when he was deposed.
  • 1861 The end of the First Battle of Bull Run during American Civil War: the Union Army was defeated and George B. McClellan assumed command of the Army of the Potomac.
  • 1856 Born: George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic. Although he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was in drama. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925 for his significant contributions to literature.
  • 1829 Born: Auguste Marie François Beernaert, Belgian politician, the 14th Prime Minister of Belgium. One of his greatest achievements of lifetime was Nobel Peace Prize award fro his work at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
  • 1745 The first recorded women's cricket match took place near the city of Guildford, England.
  • 1684 Died: Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician and philosopher, known as the first woman to receive a doctoral degree from a university.