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On July 26, 1938: Film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor Stanley Kubrick was born in NYC. Kubrick’s earliest films were made on a shoestring budget, with his first Hollywood production, Spartacus, being a gigantic hit. Many of Kubrick’s films revolutionized cinematography as we now know it. Although some of his films were highly controversial — films such as Paths of Glory (1957), Lolita (1962), and A Clockwork Orange (1971) — most of his films have been nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs, and have been praised as being masterpieces. Film historian Michel Ciment considers Kubrick’s movies to be “among the most important contributions to world cinema in the twentieth century.”


On July 26, 1788: New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. The assent of Virginia and New York — though they were the 10th and 11th of original 13 colonies to ratify the charter — was seen as vital to the success of the U.S. Constitution, which was in doubt before these two states gave it the “O.K.” The document was fully ratified with the addition of the first 10 amendments (known as the Bill of Rights) on December 15, 1791.

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On July 26, 1992: The third of four revivals of the Broadway smash hit Man of La Mancha closed at the Marquis Theatre after 108 performances. This production starred Raúl Juliá as Cervantes/Quixote and Sheena Easton as Aldonza/Dulcinea. The original Broadway production ran for 2,329 performances in the mid-1960’s and won five Tony Awards, including the Tony for Best Musical.