On this day in history

Mansfield's Palace Theatre was so named 21 years ago today.
Mansfield's Palace Theatre was so named 21 years ago today.

What happened on July 26 through the years?

On this day:

1745 – The first recorded woman’s cricket match takes place near Guildford, Surrey;

1847 – Liberia declares its independence;

1856 – Irish playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw was born. He died in 1950, aged 94;

1926 – American actor James Best, who starred as Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard, was born. He died in 2015, aged 88;

1951 – Walt Disney’s 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premieres in London, England, United Kingdom;

1952 – Former actress Argentian first lady Eva Perón died 33;

1986 – Peter Gabriel went to number one in the US with Sledgehammer;

1990 – The Grateful Dead star Brent Mydland was found dead in his home, aged 38;

1994 – Comedy actor Terry Scott, star of Terry and June and the Carry on films, died, aged 67;

1995 – The Civic Theatre on Leeming Street was renamed the Palace Theatre;

2005 – Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm – 39.17in – of rain within 24 hours, resulting in floods killing more than 5,000 people;

2006 – The final episode of Top of the Pops was recorded at the BBC/

Happy birthday:

1943 – Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, 73 today;

1959 – Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, star The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, 57 today;

1964 – Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock, star of Speed and The Blind Side, 52 today;

1967 – Shirebrook-born actor Jason Statham, star of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The Transporter trilogy, 49 today;

1969 – Paralympic star Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, 47 today;

1973 – English actress Kate Beckinsale, star of Serendipity and The Aviator, 43 today;

1985 – Manchester City and France footballer Gaël Clichy, 31 today;