On This Day

What Happened on October 26, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Movsar Barayev, Chechen Islamist militia leader during the Second Chechen War, born in Argun, Chechen–Ingush ASSR, Soviet Union (d. 2002)

Famous Deaths

  • Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated