On This Day In History, 26 July

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World Events Today

  • The move of the capital of New Zealand, from Auckland to Wellington, became official today in 1865
  • The Labour Party leader, Clement Attlee, was confirmed as Britain’s new Prime Minister today in 1945, he replaced the wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill
  • The National Security Act was signed into law by the United States President, Harry S Truman, today in 1947, amongst other things the act established the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA

Entertainment Events Today

  • Just weeks before his death, the baseball movie biography of Babe Ruth, The Babe Ruth Story, was released today in 1948
  • Stephen Roche won the 74th Tour de France bicycle race today in 1987, he was the first Irishman to win the race
  • Sir Paul McCartney performed a “secret” gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool today in 2018, it was almost 60 years after he played there for the first time with The Beatles

Family Events Today

  • The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, author of Pygmalion, who was also awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature, was born today in 1856 in Dublin
  • Sir Michael Philip Jagger, better known more simply as the English singer-songwriter Mick Jagger, the lead singer and founder member of the Rolling Stones, was born today in 1943 in Kent
  • The English actress Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, who played Queen Elizabeth II in the movie The Queen, was born today in 1945 in London

Main Event Today

  • The Maldives, a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean, gained independence from British rule today in 1965

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Coffee Milkshake Day

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