Mary Jo Kopechne Born, Viva Cuba Libre, Boko Haram Rising

On This Progressive Day: July 26
The Labour Party wins the U.K. general election of July 5 by a landslide, removing Winston Churchill from power (1945)

Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution (1953)

The Progressive Islamist Nigerian group Boko Haram attacks a police station in Bauchi, leading to reprisals by the Nigeria Police Force and four days of violence across multiple cities (2009)

b: Edward Mandell House (1858), Mary Jo Kopechne (1940); d: Eva PerĂ³n (1952), W. Averell Harriman (1986)

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