1895
Jul 26, Gracie Allen, vaudeville, screen, radio and television personality, wife and foil of George Burns, was born.

1940
Jul 26, Mary Jo Kopechne (d.1969), killed while driving with Ted Kennedy, was born.

1996
Jul 26, Amy Van Dyken became the first American woman to win four gold medals at a single Olympics as she captured the 50-meter freestyle in Atlanta.

2006
Jul 26, Israeli strikes killed 23 people in the Gaza Strip, including 16 militants and a mother and her two young daughters, in the deadliest day of fighting since Israel withdrew from the coastal strip last year.

2007
Jul 26, In London, England, Bachan Athwal (70), a British grandmother, faced life imprisonment after being convicted of the “honor killing” of her son’s wife who she murdered after luring her to India. Her son (43) was also found guilty of murder. The two killed Sikh Heathrow Airport worker Surjit Kaur Athwal (27), who disappeared in December 1998 after she decided to walk out of her arranged marriage.

2011
Jul 26, Australian painter Margaret Olley (88), one of Australia’s most important and respected artists, was found dead at her Sydney home. She was best known for her colorful still life paintings.

2012
Jul 26, China’s state news agency said Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, the former political leader whose downfall sent shockwaves through China, has been charged with murdering British businessman Neil Heywood last November. Zhang Xiaojun, previously described as an orderly who worked for the high-flying couple, will also be prosecuted on the same charge.

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2012
Jul 26, In Ukraine a bare-breasted feminist activist bearing a threatening message on her body tried to attack the Russian Orthodox Church’s leader Patriarch Kirill at Kiev’s airport, to protest alleged anti-Ukrainian policies by the church and the Kremlin. Femen identified the woman as Yana Zhdanova.

2014
Jul 26, In Sierra Leone a patient with Ebola, whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital following a struggle with police.

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