Historical Events on October 26

  • 740 An earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing damage to city walls and buildings
  • 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
  • 1492 Lead (graphite) pencils first used
  • 1524 Spanish troops give Milan to France
  • 1529 Sir Thomas More appointed Lord Chancellor of England

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1534 Charles V names Joris of Egmont as Bishop of Utrecht

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1667 Arung 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 Minutemen organized in US colonies

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1776 Benjamin Franklin departs 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 The Directoire, a five-man revolutionary government of France, is created
  • 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
  • 1850 Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island)
  • 1858 Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine
  • 1859 The steam clipper 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 US President sends federal troops to Southern Carolina

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

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
  • 1887 Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
  • 1896 Abyssinia & Italy sign peace treaty
  • 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 the Thames river in England 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 Cecil Chubb gives prehistoric monument Stonehenge to the British nation
  • 1918 Soldiers revolt at Harskamp, Veluwe

Victory in BattleEnd of World War I

1918 Germany's supreme commander General Eric Ludendorff resigns, protesting the terms to which the German Government has agreed in negotiating an armistice
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  • 1919 B C Hilliam's musical "Buddies" premieres in NYC

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

Composer Edward Elgar
Composer
Edward Elgar

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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 US 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

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1922 Gertrude Bell appointed Honorary Director of Antiquities in new Department of Antiquities in Baghdad, Iraq (origin of the Baghdad Archaeological Museum)

Archaeologist and Writer Gertrude Bell
Archaeologist and Writer
Gertrude Bell
  • 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

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1930 Dmitri Shostakovich's 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 Washington Seantors player-manager Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson, owner Clark Griffith's niece and 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 Second meeting of partisans Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia
  • 1942 Second day of Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal
  • 1942 Fourth day of battle at El Alamein: Australian breakthrough
  • 1942 Battle of Santa Cruz: Japanese naval offensive against US forces near Solomon Islands
  • 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 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 Trieste returned to Italy.
  • 1955 First edition of "Village Voice" (NYC) published
  • 1955 British troops occupy Saudi Arabian oil field at Boeraimi

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1955 Ngô Đình Diệm proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as President

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • 1956 UN's International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved
  • 1956 Vietnam promulgates its constitution

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1957 USSR fires defense minister Marshal Georgi Zhukov

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy 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 & Washington, D.C. 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

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
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 broadcasting
  • 1968 Soviet Union launches spacecraft Soyuz 3
  • 1968 The Soviet Union wraps up the volleyball double at the Mexico City Olympics; both men's & women's teams take gold at the end of their respective round-robin competitions

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1968 Future world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman wins the Olympic heavyweight gold medal when the final against Jonas Čepulis (Soviet Union) is stopped in round 2 at the Mexico City Games

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1968 Japanese gymnasts sweep the medals in the men's floor exercise competition at the Mexico City Olympics; Sawao Kato wins his 3rd gold of the Games ahead of team mates Akinori Nakayama and Takeshi Katō

  • 1968 Japanese gymnast Akinori Nakayama wins 3 individual gold medals on the one day (horizontal bar, rings & parallel bars) at the Mexico City Olympics; with team victory, 4 gold for the Games
  • 1968 Charlie Hickcox wins his 3rd gold medal of the Mexico City Olympics when he leads the US men's 4 x 100m medley relay team with team mates Don McKenzie, Doug Russell & Ken Walsh to world record 3:54.9
  • 1968 Striker Antal Dunai scores twice as Hungary outclasses Bulgaria 4-1 to take the men's football gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968 Italian diver Klaus Dibiasi wins first of 3 consecutive men's 10m platform gold medals when he comfortably beats Álvaro Gaxiola of Mexico at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 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 releases 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

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1975 Anwar Sadat becomes the 1st Egyptian president to officially visit the United States

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1975 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1975 Cuba beats Mexico for its 4th Pan Am Games Gold Medal in baseball
  • 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 Last natural case of smallpox discovered in Merca district, Somalia. Considered the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination
  • 1978 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 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 Whitemore's "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

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1984 "The Terminator" directed by James Cameron, 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
Actress Linda Hamilton
Actress
Linda Hamilton
  • 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
  • 1986 "Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1986 French McLaren driver Alain Prost retains his World Formula 1 Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 2 points from Nigel Mansell
  • 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 months' advisory service

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, 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 problems with a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system
  • 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 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Woodbine Racetrack; winners: Lit de Justice, Storm Song, Jewel Princess, Da Hass, Boston Harbor, Pilsudski, Alphabet Soup
  • 1996 New York beats Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win 23rd Baseball World Series; Bronx Bombers' reliever John Wetteland MVP
  • 1997 Bill Glasson wins Las Vegas Golf Invitational
  • 1997 Florida beats Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in Game 7 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami for Marlins first Baseball World Series; Florida pitcher Liván Hernández MVP
  • 1997 Jacques Villeneuve finishes 3rd in European Grand Prix at Jerez, Spain; first Canadian to win World F1 Drivers Championship; wins by 39 points from Michael Schumacher
  • 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 beat NY Mets, 4-2 in Game 5 at Shea Stadium to win "Subway Series"; Yankees 3rd straight Baseball World Series; Yanks infielder Derek Jeter MVP

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 ends: 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
  • 2002 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Arlington Park, winners: Volponi, Vindication, Azeri, High Chaparral, Starine, Storm Flag Flying, Domedriver, Orientate
  • 2003 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in Californian history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego
  • 2005 Chicago beats Houston, 1-0 in Game 4 at Minute Maid Park to sweep Astros and win White Sox first Baseball World Series in 88 years; Chicago outfielder Jermaine Dye MVP
  • 2007 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Monmouth Park; Day 1 winners: Maryfield, Nownownow, Corinthian
  • 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

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2014 American tennis star Serena Williams beats Simona Halep of Romania 6–3, 6–0 to successfully defend her WTA Finals title in Kallang, Singapore

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 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
  • 2017 US President Donald Trump declares the opioid crisis a public health emergency

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2017 Cremation ceremony for King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand held in Bangkok, a year after his death

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej

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2017 National Party of New Zealand found guilty of breaching copyright of rapper Eminem's publisher and must pay $413,000 for use of the sing “Eminem Esque”

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
  • 2017 Explosion and fire at a fireworks factory in Tangerang, Indonesia kills 47 and injuries dozens
  • 2017 Oldest-known tsunami victim revealed by sediment discovered in 6,000 year-old skull by scientists near Aitape, Papua New Guinea

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2017 Jacinda Ardern is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, becoming the world’s youngest female head of government

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern
  • 2018 Trump supporter Cesar Sayoc arrested for sending 14 pipe bombs to prominent US Democrats
  • 2018 Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor announces she has converted to Islam
  • 2018 Longest Baseball World Series game by both innings and time; LA Dodgers beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2 in the 18th inning (7 hours, 20 mins) in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium with Max Muncy walk-off homer
  • 2018 Rhine River in drought with lowest levels since 1920s forces German government to release oil reserves after barge shipments disrupted