On this day: July 26

Published On: Jul 25 2012 05:47:01 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Inca civilization suffers a blow, the Postal Service, the FBI and the CIA are born, The Babe makes his last public appearance, and the space shuttle returns to space, all on this day.

OTD July 26 - Sam Houston
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1863: American statesman, politician and soldier Sam Houston, best known for his leading role in bringing Texas into the United States, dies of pneumonia at age 70 in Huntsville, Texas. The namesake for the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston twice served as the president of the Republic of Texas, was elected to the U.S. House and Senate, and served as governor of both Texas and Tennessee, making him the only person in U.S. history to have been the governor of two different states.

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