Historical Events on 26th October

  • 740 An earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing much damage and death.
  • 1366 Comet 55P/1366 U1 (Tempel-Tuttle) approaches 0.0229 AUs of Earth
  • 1387 Amsterdam buccaneer Herman of Kuinre sign peace
  • 1407 Mobs attack Jewish community of Kraków

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1492 Columbus' fleet anchors on Ragged Island Range, Bahamas

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1492 Lead pencils first used
  • 1524 Spanish troops give Milan to France
  • 1529 Sir Thomas More appointed Lord Chancellor of England
  • 1534 Charles V names Joris of Egmont, bishop of Utrecht
  • 1667 Aru Palakka's occupies Makassar (Goa)
  • 1674 Prince Willem III occupies Grave

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1682 William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1749 Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal
  • 1774 First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia
  • 1774 Minute Men organized in colonies

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1776 Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1787 "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution
  • 1795 Pinckney's Treaty between Spain & US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US & giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi
  • 1795 The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created.
  • 1810 US annexes western Florida
  • 1822 King Willem I requires inhabitants of Brussels to use Dutch language
  • 1825 Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opens
  • 1830 Belgian rebels occupy Antwerp
  • 1858 Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine
  • 1859 The Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead.
  • 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
  • 1864 Union troops ambush & kill 'Bloody' Bill Anderson near Albany, Missouri
  • 1868 White terrorists kill several blacks in St Bernard Parish La
  • 1869 1st American steeplechase horserace (Westchester, NY)
  • 1876 President sends federal troops to SC

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1881 Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Az

OK Corral Sheriff Wyatt Earp
OK Corral Sheriff
Wyatt Earp
Gunfighter in the American Old West Doc Holliday
Gunfighter in the American Old West
Doc Holliday
  • 1886 Modest Mussorgsky's "A Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in Russia
  • 1887 Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
  • 1896 Abyssinia & Italy sign peace treaty
  • 1900 After 4 years of work, first section of New York subway opens
  • 1901 First recorded use of "getaway car" occurs after holding up a shop in Paris
  • 1903 Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay
  • 1905 First Soviet (workers' council) formed, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1905 Union of Sweden & Norway ends
  • 1909 Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, and former Japanese Prime Minister, shot and killed by Korean nationalist in Harbin, China
  • 1911 Philadelphia A's beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 8th World Series
  • 1912 Serbian troops over run Skopje (Uskup)
  • 1912 Woolwich Foot Tunnel under Thames opens
  • 1913 José Victoriano Huerta Márquez elected president of Mexico

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1916 Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)

  • 1917 Petrograd Soviet accepts establishment of Military
  • 1917 World War I:Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers.
  • 1918 Soldiers revolt at Harskamp, Veluwe
  • 1918 Germany's supreme commander General Eric Ludendorff resigns, protesting the terms to which the German Government has agreed in negotiating an armistice
  • 1919 B C Hilliam's musical "Buddies" premieres in NYC
  • 1919 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen's Hall London

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1919 US President Woodrow Wilson's veto of Prohibition Enforcement Bill is overridden

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1921 Solomon Porter Hood named minister to Liberia

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1922 Italian government resigns under pressure from fascists & Benito Mussolini

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1923 Dutch second Chamber rejects Fleet laws (50-49 vote)
  • 1923 Dutch Government of Ruijs de Beerenbrouck resigns
  • 1926 Arthur Goodrich's "Caponsacchi" premieres in NYC
  • 1926 Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 "Belga")

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1927 Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1930 Dmitri Sjostakovitch' ballet "Zolotoy Vyek" premieres in Leningrad
  • 1931 Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" premieres in NYC
  • 1933 French government of Serraut forms
  • 1934 While Wash player-mgr Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson owner Clark Griffith's niece & adopted daughter, he is sold to Red Sox
  • 1939 Polish Jews forced into obligatory work service
  • 1940 The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
  • 1941 2Second meeting of partisans Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
  • 1941 US savings bonds go on sale
  • 1942 Second day of Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal
  • 1942 Fourth day of battle at El Alamein: Australian breakthrough
  • 1942 Battle of Santa Cruz: USS SD shoots down a record 32 enemy planes
  • 1943 World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".
  • 1947 Maharajah of Jammu & Kashmir accedes to India
  • 1947 The British Military Occupation ends in Iraq.

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1949 US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1950 Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island)
  • 1950 630 Dutch volunteers depart for Korea
  • 1950 Branch Rickey resigns as Brooklyn Dodger president

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1950 Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 1950 South Korean troops reach Chosan at Chinese boundary
  • 1951 Emile Zatopek runs world record 30,000m, 25,000m & 15 miles

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1951 Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

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1951 Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister at the age of 86

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1952 Pakistan's 1st Test Cricket win Fazal Mahmood 12 wkts v India
  • 1953 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia
  • 1954 Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine
  • 1954 Walt Disney's 1st television program, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC
  • 1954 Trieste returned to Italy.
  • 1955 First edition of "Village Voice" (NYC) published
  • 1955 British troops occupy Saudi Arabian oil field at Boeraimi
  • 1955 Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as pres
  • 1956 UN's International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved
  • 1956 Vietnam promulgates its constitution
  • 1957 USSR fires defense minister Marshal Georgi Zhukov
  • 1958 PanAm flies first transatlantic jet from New York to Paris
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1960 AL approves Washington Senators move to become Minnesota Twins & announces franchises in LA & Wash DC for 1961
  • 1961 First test flight of Saturn launch vehicle
  • 1962 The Beatles record "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"

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1962 JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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1962 Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey: offer is rejected

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 1963 US performs underground nuclear test at Fallon Nevada
  • 1964 Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
  • 1965 Beatles receive MBEs at Buckingham Palace
  • 1965 Sylvia Likens tortured by teen girl gang
  • 1966 First Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2
  • 1966 US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die
  • 1967 Shah of Iran crowns himself after 26 years on Peacock Throne
  • 1968 First European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy
  • 1968 KMIR TV channel 36 in Palm Springs, CA (NBC) begins broadcastng
  • 1968 Soyuz 3 launched

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1968 George Foreman wins gold for USA at Mexico Olympic games (Heavyweight boxing)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • 1969 WHMA (now WJSU) TV channel 40 in Anniston, AL (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers
  • 1970 Tanzania begins building railway Lusaka-Drone ash Salaam
  • 1971 UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
  • 1971 An Assembly, attended only by Nationalist politicians, and acting as an alternative to Stormont, meet in Dungiven Castle
  • 1972 Guided tours of Alcatraz (by Park Service) begin

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1972 Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • 1973 Israeli forces reach Suez, trapping Egyptian army
  • 1973 President Nixon released first White House tapes on Watergate scandal
  • 1973 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1973 Wings release "Helen Wheels"
  • 1974 Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch
  • 1975 Anwar Sadat became 1st Egyptian president to officially visit US
  • 1975 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1975 Cuba beats Mexico for its 4th Pan Am Games Gold Medal in baseball
  • 1975 Mary Bea Porter wins LPGA Golf Inns of America
  • 1976 Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa
  • 1976 Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic
  • 1977 5th & final test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • 1977 Dr Clifford R Wharton Jr named chancellor of State University of New York
  • 1977 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1977 The last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.

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1978 Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 1978 Independent Counsel Act is signed into law.
  • 1979 Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.
  • 1980 10th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:25:41.3
  • 1980 11th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41
  • 1980 St Louis Cards sack Balt Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times
  • 1981 LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 2 in 78th World Series
  • 1982 Steve Carlton became 1st pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards
  • 1982 US budget deficit reaches more than $110 trillion for fiscal year 1982
  • 1983 Hugh Williams' "Pack of Lies" premieres in London
  • 1983 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1984 Stephanie Fae Beauclair ("Baby Fae") gets baboon heart transplant, lives 21 days

Film release premierFilm Release

1984 "The Terminator" directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton is released in the US

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 1985 Hurricane Juan, kills 97 in US
  • 1985 On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the World Series

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1985 Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 1985 CBS' premiere of fact based TV film "Children of the Night", based on sociology student Lois Lee's expose on female crime and inconsistent enforcement of prostitution laws in Los Angeles

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1986 "Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1986 37th Formula One WDC: Alain Prost wins by two points
  • 1987 Dow Jones down 156.83 points
  • 1987 Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads

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1988 Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 US-Soviet effort to free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK
  • 1992 The Charlottetown Accord fails to win majority support in a Canada wide referendum.
  • 1992 London Ambulance Service thrown into chaos after implementation of new CAD (Computer Aided Despatch system) which failed.
  • 1993 NFL announces new expansion team, Carolina Panthers in Charlotte
  • 1993 NJ Devils lose 2-0 to Montreal, after winning 1st 7 games of 1993
  • 1994 Jordan & Israel sign peace accord
  • 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
  • 1996 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Lit de Justice, Storm Song, Jewel Princess, Da Hass, Boston Harbor, Pilsudski, Alphabet Soup at Woodbine
  • 1997 Bill Glasson wins Las Vegas Golf Invitational
  • 1997 MLB World Series: Florida Marlins defeat Cleveland Indians to win 4-3
  • 1997 48th Formula One WDC: Jacques Villeneuve wins by 39 points
  • 1999 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.

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2000 NY Yankees defeat NY Mets 4-1 to win their 3rd straight World Series championship, MVP: Derek Jeter, NY Yankees

Baseball Player Derek Jeter
Baseball Player
Derek Jeter
  • 2000 Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï. Bret Hart retires.
  • 2001 The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
  • 2002 Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before.
  • 2003 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.
  • 2005 Chicago White Sox defeat Houston Astros 4-0 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Jermaine Dye, Chicago
  • 2012 64 people are killed in West Burma after continued sectarian clashes
  • 2012 41 people are killed and 50 injured by a suicide bombing of a mosque in Maymana, Afghanistan
  • 2012 China blocks the New York Times from searches and social media in response to an investigation into Premier Wen Jiabao
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in the Bahamas killing 2 people and causing over $300 million in damage
  • 2013 St Louis Cardinals defeat Boston Red Sox to lead the MLB 2013 World Series 2-1
  • 2014 Dilma Rousseff is re-elected President of Brazil
  • 2015 "Spectre", 24th James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig premieres in London
  • 2015 World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic
  • 2015 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits northern Pakistan and Afghanistan killing over 300