This Day in History on 26 July

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 26 July. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Kargil Victory Day or Kargil Vijay Diwas (India)

Important Events

1745: First recorded women’s cricket match at Guildford, England.

1758: French and Indian War: The Siege of Louisbourg ends with British forces defeating the French and taking control of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

1788: New York became the 11th state of the United States.

1847: Liberia declared its independence.

1856: The Hindu Widows’ Remarriage Act, 1856, also Act XV, 1856, enacted on this day, legalized the remarriage of Hindu widows in all jurisdictions of India under East India Company rule.

1892: Dadabhai Naoroji is elected as the first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain.

1945: World War II: The USS Indianapolis arrives at Tinian with components and enriched uranium for the Little Boy nuclear bomb.

1953: Fidel Castro’s failed attack on the Moncada Barracks triggered the Cuban Revolution, known as the July 26 Revolution.

1956: Egyptian President Gamal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal after the World Bank refused to finance the construction of the Aswan Dam.

1965: The Maldives gained total independence from the British.

1982: Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan got injured filming a fight scene for the movie “Coolie”

1999: Kargil conflict officially came to an end. The Indian Army announced the complete eviction of Pakistani intruders.

2008: 21 blasts in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat, India. 56 people were killed and over 200 injured in the accident.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1856: George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, and political activist.

1865: Rajanikanta Sen, Indian poet and composer (d. 1910)

1875: Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst.

Rajanikanta Sen

1893: Krishnarao Shankar Pandit, an Indian vocalist of the Gwalior Gharana.

1904: Malati Devi Choudhury, an Indian civil rights and freedom activist and Gandhian.

1910: B. R. Panthulu, an Indian film director, producer, and actor.

Gulabrai Ramchand

1915: K. Pattabhi Jois, an Indian yoga teacher, and Sanskrit scholar.

1925: Tyeb Mehta, an Indian painter, sculptor, and filmmaker.

1926: Pandit Gopal Krishan Sharma, an exponent of Vichitra Veena.

1927: Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (d. 2003)

1928: Ibn-e-Safi, a fiction writer, novelist, and poet of Urdu from Pakistan.

1967: Jason Statham, an English actor.

1972: Jugal Hansraj, an Indian actor, model, producer, writer, author, and director.

Death/ Death Anniversary

Sivakant Tiwari

1891: Rajendralal Mitra, an Orientalist researcher in Bengal and the first president of the Asiatic Society.

1980: Ibn-e-Safi, a fiction writer, novelist, and poet of Urdu from Pakistan.

2009: Bhaskar Chandavarkar, an Indian sitar player, academic and film and theatre composer.

2010: Sivakant Tiwari, Indian-Singaporean politician (b. 1945)

Bijoy Krishna Handique

2011: Madhu Sudan Kanungo, an eminent Indian scientist.

2013: Obaid Siddiqi, the Founder-Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research National Center for Biological Sciences.

2015: Bijoy Krishna Handique, Indian lawyer and politician, Indian Minister of Mines (b. 1934)

Further Reading

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