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🗓️ On This Day - July 26th

If you’re celebrating in any shape or form today, congratulations! As it happens, you share today with some pretty famous people, and beyond that, there’s plenty of historical events that occurred on your big day, too. July 26th is a surprising day for lots of reasons – and here’s why!

On this day

Potsdam declaration meeting

The Potsdam Declaration emerged.

In 1945, the Potsdam Declaration was issued by the United States, Great Britain, and China. It outlined the terms for Japan's surrender in World War II – effectively helping to seal off the conflict for good.

Facts about Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico claimed its own government.

As an official commonwealth of the USA, Puerto Rico claimed its own ruling government on this day back in 1952. The nation remains closely linked to the US to this day, and many even consider it to be a potential future state of its own!


The Cuban Revolution began.

The Cuban uprising is said to have first started on this date back in 1953, beginning with an unsuccessful attack upon the Moncada Barracks by a group of determined rebels led by Fidel Castro. As you may know, Castro eventually took power – and would stay in charge from 1959 through to 2008!

Facts about Hubble Telescope

The Space Shuttle Discovery was launched.

In 2005, the Space Shuttle Discovery was launched on the STS-114 mission. This marked NASA's first shuttle flight following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster!

Pratibha Patil

Pratibha Patil made political history in India.

On this day in 2007, India swore in their first-ever female President – Pratibha Patil, a lawyer turned politician. She’d serve in the post until 2012.

Special Days Falling on July 26th

Here are some of the best reasons to celebrate and mark July 26th, wherever you may be in the world.
Facts about Liberia

Liberia Independence Day

Did you know that Liberia was previously a colony of the US? It was founded all the way back in 1822 as a safe point for slaves freed from the trade. Liberia would eventually become a nation in its own right, setting up a constitution of its own by 1847. Despite the nation’s ups and downs in the years in between, Liberians come together and celebrate July 26th as the day they truly united.

Maldives Islands

Maldives Independence Day

It’s not just Liberia’s independence day today! The Maldives broke free from British rule and oversight following 77 years of empirical reign, with July 26th officially marking their “national day.” Today’s a great day for parades, salutes, and events for people of all ages to enjoy across the country. What’s more, it’s become a public holiday over the years, meaning many people from the Maldives have the day off work and school!

One Voice Day

One Voice Day

In a world where we’re connected together almost 24 hours a day, it’s important to take stock of where we are in terms of multiculturalism. World Voice Day centers around the Universal Peace Covenant, which people read and recite to remind each other of how we can all support one another to achieve true peace cross-boundaries. The day was originally set for December 31st, but has since moved to July 26th!

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