On this day in history

What happened on July 26 through the years?

Tuesday, 26th July 2016, 8:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th July 2016, 11:34 am
Mansfield's Palace Theatre was so named 21 years ago today.
Mansfield's Palace Theatre was so named 21 years ago today.

On this day:

1745 – The first recorded woman’s cricket match takes place near Guildford, Surrey;

1847 – Liberia declares its independence;

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1856 – Irish playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw was born. He died in 1950, aged 94;

1926 – American actor James Best, who starred as Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard, was born. He died in 2015, aged 88;

1951 – Walt Disney’s 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premieres in London, England, United Kingdom;

1952 – Former actress Argentian first lady Eva Perón died 33;

1986 – Peter Gabriel went to number one in the US with Sledgehammer;

1990 – The Grateful Dead star Brent Mydland was found dead in his home, aged 38;

1994 – Comedy actor Terry Scott, star of Terry and June and the Carry on films, died, aged 67;

1995 – The Civic Theatre on Leeming Street was renamed the Palace Theatre;

2005 – Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm – 39.17in – of rain within 24 hours, resulting in floods killing more than 5,000 people;

2006 – The final episode of Top of the Pops was recorded at the BBC/

Happy birthday:

1943 – Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, 73 today;

1959 – Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, star The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, 57 today;

1964 – Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock, star of Speed and The Blind Side, 52 today;

1967 – Shirebrook-born actor Jason Statham, star of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The Transporter trilogy, 49 today;

1969 – Paralympic star Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, 47 today;

1973 – English actress Kate Beckinsale, star of Serendipity and The Aviator, 43 today;

1985 – Manchester City and France footballer Gaël Clichy, 31 today;