26 July It Happened Today

1788  New York becomes the 11th state of the Union.

1856  Birth of Irish writer George Bernard Shaw.

1863  Death of Texan leader and soldier Sam Houston.

1928  Birth of American film director Stanley Kubrick.

1939   Death of British novelist Ford Madox Ford.

1943  Birth of British musician and founder member of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger.

1952  King Farouk I of Egypt abdicates.

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