What Happened on October 26

Historical Events

  • 1861 Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months
  • 1863 International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields - beginning of the Red Cross
  • 1863 Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby
  • 1950 Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island)
  • 1977 Last natural case of smallpox discovered in Merca district, Somalia. Considered the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination
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Did You Know?

Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona

On October 26, 1881

Famous Weddings

  • 1789 Lexicographer Noah Webster (31) weds Rebecca Greenleaf
  • 1953 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1963 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (30) weds director-producer William Asher (42) in El Paso, Texas
  • 2002 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas
  • 2008 World's fattest man Manuel Uribe (43) weds Claudia Solis (38) in Monterrey, Mexico
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