On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Congress names Benjamin Franklin the first postmaster general on the same day the U.S. postal system is established.
President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act, creating the National Security Council, Department of Defense and CIA.
Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa is convicted of three counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy. He is acquitted on 17 other charges.
Paul Reubens, better known as Pee-Wee Herman, is arrested by undercover police officers for indecent exposure at a Florida movie theater.
Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant becomes the nation's first five-star general when he’s nominated to lead the U.S. Army.
British wartime prime minister Winston Churchill loses the general election to Labour Party's Clement Attlee. Churchill tenders his resignation.
President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.
In a second trial, Andrea Yates is found not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning deaths of her children. She is committed to a state mental hospital.
Born on This Day
Born: July 26, 1943
Age: 70 years old
Birthplace: Dartford, England
Occupation: Songwriter, Singer
1964 | 49 years old
1959 | 54 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor
Born: July 26, 1945
Age: 68 years old
Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England, United Kingdom
1973 | 40 years old
1856 | 94 years old
Died on This Day
Died: July 26, 1952
Age: 33 years old
Place: Buenos Aires , Argentina
Occupation: Women's Rights Activist, Actress, ...
1867 | 52 years old
1971 | 48 years old
Died: July 26, 1925
Age: 65 years old
Place: Dayton, Tennessee , United States
Occupation: U.S. Representative
1863 | 70 years old
Lawyer, Military Leader, Governor
Serial Killer / 1906 - 1984
Ed Gein was a notorious serial killer and grave robber. He inspired the creation of several film characters, including Norman Bates (Psycho), Jame Gumb (The Silence of the Lambs) and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).
1984 | 77 years old
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