Historical Political Events for July 26

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Year Event
1775 The Continental Congress creates a new national postal system. The first postmaster general, Benjamin Franklin, is appointed. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1788 The state of New York is admitted to the Union.
1830 The July Revolution in France.
1908 FBI created. A discussion of current deterioration here.
1945 The Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender, otherwise known as the Potsdam Declaration, was issued.
1948 By means of Executive Order 9981, President Truman ends segregation in the U.S. military.
1956 President Nasser of Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal.
1990 The Americans with Disabilities Act, (Public Law 101-336) signed into law on this date by President George Bush (R), is the most sweeping civil rights legislation since the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Bans discrimination against the disabled and provides new protection for workers with AIDS [Well, what about toe fungus?]. Sadly, it is another law based on vague definitions [what exactly does "disabled" mean?].
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Quote of
the Day
Sometimes I think that the surest sign of intelligent life in this universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
    — "Calvin & Hobbes"
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