(Tuesday, July 26, 1955, evening CDT) — The Night of the Hunter, a horror film about a bogus preacher who marries an outlaw’s widow in search of the man’s hidden loot, premiered today in Des Moines, Iowa.
Directed by Charles Laughton, the film starred Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish and Gloria Castillo.
(Sunday, July 26, 1925, 4:45 p.m. EDT) — Just five days after winning a conviction in the Scopes Trial against John T. Scopes for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in Dayton, Tennessee (the verdict was later overturned), prosecutor William Jennings Bryan died today of a heart attack at age 65.
Bryan was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1896, 1900 and 1908 (losing all three times; to Republicans William McKinley in 1896 and 1900 and William Taft in 1908) and served as Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1915).
(Thursday, July 26, 1945, 8:30 p.m. BDST; during World War II) — Winston Churchill, who led Britain during World War II and currently represents his nation at the Potsdam Conference with U.S. President Harry S. Truman and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, resigned as Britain’s prime minister tonight after his Conservatives were soundly defeated by the Labour Party; Clement Attlee succeeded him.