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What are the important events that happened on October 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 26 is the 300th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 66 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 13, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,624,000 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectagon’ day.

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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 94 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,405 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 26 Historical Events

  • 1795
    The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created.
  • 1881
    The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona.
  • 1909
    Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, was shot to death by Korean independence supporter Ahn Jung-geun at the Harbin train station in Manchuria.
  • 1955
    Ngô Đình Diệm declares himself Premier of South Vietnam.
  • 2001
    The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.

Who were born on October 26?

  • 1473
    Friedrich of Saxony (d. 1510)
  • 1873
    Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1949
    Kevin Sullivan, American professional wrestler
  • 1966
    Jane Hajduk, American actress
  • 1983
    Luke Watson, South African rugby player

Who died on October 26?

  • 1995
    Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Pontus Hultén, Swedish art collector and museum director (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    Tillman Franks, American songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
  • 2009
    George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)

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