On This Day

What Happened on October 26, 1942

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Battle of Santa Cruz: Japanese naval offensive against US forces near Solomon Islands
  • Fourth day of battle at El Alamein: Australian breakthrough
  • Second day of Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), born in Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, England (d. 2014)
  • Dietmar Polaczek, Austrian composer and writer, born in Bendsburg, Upper Silesia (now Będzin, Poland)
  • John P "Jannie" Roux, South African sect to pres (Botha/De Klerk)