On This Day

What Happened on October 26

Important Events

  • 1850 Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island)
  • 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
  • 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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October 26 in Film & TV

October 26 in Music

  • 1919 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen's Hall London

October 26 in Sport

  • 1863 Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby

Did You Know?

Gunfight at the OK Corral: The most famous shootout in the Wild West occurs, between lawmen (including Wyatt Earp) and the Cowboys, with Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton killed

On October 26, 1881


Would You Believe?

First recorded use of "getaway car" occurs after holding up a shop in Paris

On October 26, 1901

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
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