26 Jul 1945
  • USS Indianapolis delivered components of the atomic bomb "Little Boy" to Tinian, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • USS Charr arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Clement Attlee became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The Potsdam Ultimatum was issued, threatening Japan with "utter destruction" if it did not surrender unconditionally. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale rescued downed aviators in the Pacific Ocean amidst floating naval mines. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Bugara sank 5 small enemy craft with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea area during the day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The results of the 5 Jul 1945 election in the United Kingdom was revealed, yielding a Labour Party victory over Winston Churchill's Conservative Party, 394 seats to 188 seats. As Churchill prepared to be replaced by Clement Attlee, many of his war time ministers had also lost their seats, including Air Minister (and later Prime Minister) Harold Macmillan. Throughout the world, there was much sympathy for the great wartime leader. The New York Daily News called him "The greatest Englishman of his time and one of the greatest of all time". ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Jul 1945
Indianapolis off Tinian, days before she was sunk, circa 26 Jul 1945General Dwight Eisenhower greeting US President Harry Truman, Frankfurt, Germany, 26 Jul 1945Brigadier General Doyle Hickey, General Dwight Eisenhower, and US President Harry Truman, Neuisenberg, Germany, 26 Jul 1945Harry Truman and James Byrnes with Brigadier General A. G. Rolling at Heppenheim, Germany, 26 Jul 1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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