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Today In History

July 26th

1847 Liberia became a republic and Africa's first sovereign, black-ruled democratic nation.
1908 The Federal Bureau of Investigation was born when a group of newly hired investigators were ordered to report to the Justice Department. It didn't become the FBI officially until 1935.
1941 U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur was named commander of U.S. forces in the Philippines.
1956 Egypt created a crisis by nationalizing the British and French-owned Suez Canal.
1984 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson became the first network television show to be broadcast in stereo.
1990 The U.S. House of Representatives voted 408-18 to reprimand Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., for actions he took on behalf of a male prostitute.
1992 Under pressure, Iraq backed down and agreed to allow a U.N. inspection team to look for documentation on weapons of mass destruction.
1992 Motown singer/songwriter Mary Wells died of cancer at age 49.
1994 Congress opened hearings into the Whitewater affair, an Arkansas land deal involving U.S. President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton.
2004 An Egyptian diplomat held hostage by militants in Iraq for three days was released after successful negotiations.
2005 The United States roared back into space as the shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral in the first launch since the 2003 Columbia tragedy.
2006 The Bush administration drafted a bill that would allow hearsay evidence to be used in terrorism trials unless it was found to be unreliable.
2007 The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed anti-terrorism legislation that enhances screening of air and sea cargo and allocates more funds to states deemed at risk of attack.
2008 The U.S. Senate used a rare weekend session to pass a landmark housing bill meant to mitigate the ongoing mortgage crisis. The bill, which offered up to $300 billion in loan guarantees for consumers saddled with subprime, adjustable-rate mortgages and facing possible foreclosure, was approved earlier by the House of Representatives.
2008 Bombs concealed in tea boxes rocked the second Indian city in two days, killing at least 29 people and injuring 88. Nine explosions in a similar attack the day earlier at Bangalore, the center of India's IT business, killed two and injured 29 others.


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