July 26

This Day in History

2007

Worshipped Cow Executed

On this day in 2007, Shambo, a black Friesian bull celebrated by the local Hindu community as a sacred animal, was executed for testing positive for bovine tuberculosis. Shambo lived in the Hindu … (more...)

1963

World’s First Geosynchronous Satellite Launched

On this day in 1963, Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous communication satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a Delta B booster. With its historic launch, Syncom also launched … (more...)

1847

Liberian independence proclaimed

The Republic of Liberia, formerly a colony of the American Colonization Society, declares its independence. Under pressure from Britain, the United States hesitantly accepted Liberian autonomy, making … (more...)