On this day: July 26

POSTED: 03:47 PM PDT Jul 25, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 25, 2016 

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 - Potsdam Declaration
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1945: The Potsdam Declaration, which outlines the terms of surrender for the Empire of Japan during World War II, is signed in Potsdam, Germany. The declaration included the ultimatum that, if Japan did not surrender, it would face "prompt and utter destruction." Japan would initially reject the ultimatum, leading to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, respectively.


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