26th July

Born on this day 26th July
1856 George Bernard Shaw
1894 Aldous Huxley
1895 Jane Bunford
1896 Henry Birkin
1922 Blake Edwards
1928 Stanley Kubrick
1931 Mary Quant
1936 Mary Millar
1943 Sir Mick Jagger
1946 Helen Mirren
1949 Roger Taylor
1950 Susan George
1959 Kevin Spacey
1961 Andy Connell
1965 Sandra Bullock
1968 Olivia Williams
1973 Kate Beckinsale
1979 Derek Paravicini

1952 Eva Peron
1992 Mary Wells


1967 Amen Corner entered the top 20 for the first time with ‘Gin House Blues’.

1980 The Police held a charity show in Milton Keynes.

1986 Peter Gabriel’s ‘ Sledgehammer’ made it to the top of the US charts.


1988 England lost the 4th Test Against the West Indies at Headingley.

1992 Around 23,000 people turned up to see the first Sunday race meeting to be staged in Britain.

1992 1988 Olympic campion Adrian Moorhouse announced his retirement from top-class swimming after finishing last in the 100 metres breast-stroke final at the Barcelona Games.

People & Showbiz

1936 King Edward VIII, in one of his few official duties before he abdicated the throne, officially unveiled the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

1953 Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution.

1971 100’s of topless women on the French Riviera were orderd by riot police to put their bikini tops back on .

1989 The final episode of popular US cop drama ‘Miami Vice’ was shown on US TV.

1995 Bob Monkhouse was offering a reward of £10,000 for the return of 2 joke books stolen from the BBC television centre. The books contained gags and scripts jotted down over 25 years.

General Events

1788 New York became the 11the state of the United States of America.

1908 The Federal Bureau of Investigation was established in Washington DC.

1945 The Labour Party wins the United Kingdom general election of July 5 by a landslide, removing Winston Churchill from power.

1984 Green top milk was blamed for an outbreak of illness that killed 5 people in West Yorkshire. Calderdale coroner James Turnbull warned that elerly people and babies were most at risk from drinking the raw unpasteurised milk.

1989 Two of the Great Train Robbers, James Hussey and Thomas Wisbey, admitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court that they were a part of a £500,000 cocaine trafficking ring.

1994 Archaeologists unearthed more than 200 Anglo-Saxon graves on building site in Dover. The graves were thought to contain the bodies of warriors and farmers from between 500 and 700 AD.

2005 Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days.

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