July 26 in Pop Culture History
1745 – “The greatest cricket match that was played in this part of England was on Friday, the 26th of last month, on Gosden Common, near Guildford, between eleven maids of Bramley and eleven maids of Hambledon, all dressed in white. The Bramley maids had blue ribbons and the Hambledon maids red ribbons on their heads. The Bramley girls got 119 notches and the Hambledon girls 127. There was of bothe sexes the greatest number that ever was seen on such an occasion. The girls bowled, batted, ran and catches as well as most men could do in that game.”
– news report on the first recorded women’s Cricket Match.
1775 – Allowance for The United States Post Office Department was established by the Second Continental Congress. It was called the Post Office Department 1792–1971. United States Postal Service was effective on July 1, 1971.
1847 – Liberia disbanded from the support of American Colonization Society, and formalized their settlement as the Republic of Liberia.
1887 – Dr. Esperanto’s International Language, usually referred to as Unua Libro (English: First Book) was published.
1908 – United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issued an order to staff the Bureau of Investigation (BOI – later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI).
1941 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the seizure of all Japanese assets in the United States.
1946 – Aloha Airlines began service from Honolulu International Airport. They closed on March 31, 2008.
1958 – #1 Hit July 26, 1958 – August 3, 1958: Elvis Presley – Hard Headed Woman
1963 – Syncom 2, the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral. It was used to telecast the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to the United States.
1971 – Launch of Apollo 15 on the first Apollo “J-Mission”, featuring the first use of a Lunar Roving Vehicle.
1975 – #1 Hit July 26, 1975 – August 1, 1975: Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony – The Hustle
1985 – European Vacation, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Heavenly Kid and The Black Cauldron debuted in theaters.
1986 – #1 Hit July 26, 1986 – August 1, 1986: Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
1990 – The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law by President George Bush.
1991 – The Doctor, Mobsters, Life Stinks, Another You, My Mother’s Castle, The Dark Backward and V.I. Warshawski were released in theaters.
1996 – Kingpin, Supercop, The Adventures of Pinocchio and Joe’s Apartment debuted in theaters.
2000 – Thomas and the Magic Railroad was released in theaters.
2002 – Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Country Bears debuted in theaters.
2006 – Little Miss Sunshine was released in theaters.
2014 – #1 Hit July 26, 2014 – September 5, 2014: Magic! – Rude
2016 – Hillary Clinton became the first female nominee for President of the United States by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. #VictoriaWoodhull