Born on July 26th:
George Bernard Shaw
Mary Jo Kopechne
Today in History: July 26
1788: New York became the 11th state in the United States.
1847: Liberia became Africa's first republic.
1908: The Office of the Chief Examiner, which in 1935 became the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was created.
1947: President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1952: Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron, died in Buenos Aires at age 33.
1952: King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated after a coup led by Gamal Abdal Nasser.
1953: Fidel Castro was among a group of rebelling anti-Batistas who unsuccessfully attacked an army barracks.