Highlights of this day in history: President Harry Truman orders desegregation of U.S. Military; Cuba's Fidel Castro attacks Moncada barracks; Argentina's Eva Peron dies; Playwright George Bernard Shaw and rock star Mick Jagger born. (July 26)
SANDY KOZEL: July 26 1948, President Harry Truman signs an executive order to effectively end racial segregation in the US military. It happens a year after Truman signs the National Security Act, which creates the Defense Department and the CIA.
FIDEL CASTRO: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
SANDY KOZEL: Fidel Castro leads a group of rebels in a failed attack on the Moncada army barracks in eastern Cuba. More than five years later, Castro outs Fulgencio Batista from power and begins his own decades-long rule in Havana.
1952. Eva Peron, Argentina's charismatic first lady, also known as Evita, dies of cancer in Buenos Aires. She was 33.
1856. Playwright George Bernard Shaw is born in Dublin, Ireland. Shaw's work Pygmalion served as the basis for the Broadway musical My Fair Lady.
[MUSIC - THE ROLLING STONES, "YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT"] You can't always get what you want. You can't always get what you want.
Mick Jagger, front man of the rock band The Rolling Stones, is born in Dartford, England.
Today in history, July 26. Sandy Kozel, The Associated Press.