JULY 26: The Daily Flashback
1775: A postal system was established by the second Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin.
1788: New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1945: Winston Churchill resigned as Britain’s prime minister.
1947: U.S. President Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1968: John Lennon and Paul McCartney completed the song “Hey Jude.”
1969: The 5th Dimension’s two lead singers, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., were married.
1971: Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy.
1979: The Clash’s first U.S. single, a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four’s “I Fought the Law,” was released.
1984: Prince’s movie “Purple Rain” premiered in Hollywood.
1986: Peter Gabriel hit No. 1 in the U.S. with “Sledgehammer,” bumping his old band, Genesis (with “Invisible Touch”) out of the top spot.
2000: At the request of the Recording Industry of Association of America, a U.S. federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, Inc., which was ordered to cease trade in music covered by RIAA member copyrights.
2002: Beyoncé made her film debut, playing Mike Myers’ love interest Foxxy Cleopatra in “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
2016: Hillary Clinton became the first woman to top a majority party ticket for President of the United States.
2017: A jury awarded Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties for the use of Michael Jackson songs he produced in two Cirque du Soleil shows and the “This Is It” documentary film.
1856: George Bernard Shaw
1894: Aldous Huxley
1914: Erskine Hawkins
1924: Louie Bellson
1928: Stanley Kubrick
1938: Bobby Hebb
1940: Dobie Gray
1941: Darlene Love
1943: Mick Jagger
1946: Helen Mirren
1949: Roger Taylor
1961: Gary Cherone
1990: Brent Mydland
1992: Mary Wells
2013: J.J. Cale