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Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

World events on this day in the Menzies Era
  • 1949 - WCPO TV channel 9 in Cincinnati, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950 - Dodgers' Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game
  • 1950 - KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indies Army) unites
  • 1951 - Netherlands ends state of war with Germany
  • 1952 - King Farouk I of Egypt abdicates [Black Saturday]
  • 1952 - Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer
  • 1953 - Cuban pirate radio station's 1st transmission at Santiago de Cuba
  • 1953 - Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the "26th of July Movement," against Fulgenico Batista's regime
  • 1954 - WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 - 37th PGA Championship: Doug Ford at Meadowbrook CC Detroit
  • 1955 - Last day as Test Cricket umpire for Frank Chester
  • 1955 - Ted Allen throws a record 72 consecutive horseshoe ringers
  • 1956 - Egypt seizes Suez Canal
  • 1957 - Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200
  • 1957 - USSR launches 1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile
  • 1958 - Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer IV
  • 1959 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1960 - Italian govt of Fanfani forms
  • 1962 - Maria Oeljanov, 1st airship with nuclear missiles, arrives in Cuba
  • 1962 - Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher
  • 1963 - Skopje, Yugoslavia, destroyed by earthquake, kills 1,000+
  • 1963 - US Syncom 2, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched
  • 1964 - Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Women's Golf Open
  • 1964 - Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud & conspiracy
  • 1964 - Train from Povoa de Varzin, Portugal derails near Oporto, 94 die
  • 1964 - US union leader James Hoffa sentenced for fraud
  • 1965 - Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (Natl Day)
  • 1966 - WRLH TV channel 31 in Lebanon, NH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 - Twins beat Yanks 3-2 in 18
  • 1969 - Sharon Sites Adams, 39, becomes 1st lady to solo sail the Pacific
  • 1970 - Reds Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs of Phillies Steve Carlton
  • 1971 - Apollo 15 launched (Scott & Irwin) to 4th manned landing on Moon