On This Day in History for October 26 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 144 of 144

  • 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

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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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1985 Hurricane Juan kills 97 in US
  • 1987 Dow Jones down 156.83 points
  • 1987 Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads
  • 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
  • 1994 Jordan & Israel sign peace accord
  • 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
  • 1999 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2014 Dilma Rousseff is re-elected President of Brazil
  • 2015 World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic
  • 2015 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits northern Pakistan and Afghanistan killing over 300

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2017 US President Donald Trump declares the opioid crisis a public health emergency

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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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
  • 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

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Jacinda Ardern

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