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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, 1,477,440,000 seconds 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

  • 1813
    War of 1812: Canadians and Mohawks defeat the Americans in the Battle of Chateauguay.
  • 1905
    Norway becomes independent from Sweden.
  • 1942
    World War II: In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands during the Guadalcanal Campaign, one U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, is sunk and another aircraft carrier, Enterprise, is heavily damaged.
  • 1999
    Britain’s House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament.
  • 2001
    The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.

Who were born on October 26?

  • 1873
    Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1961
    Dylan McDermott, American actor
  • 1963
    Natalie Merchant, American singer
  • 1963
    Ted Demme, American film and television director (d. 2002)
  • 1966
    Steve Valentine, British actor

Who died on October 26?

  • 1235
    King Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1175)
  • 1679
    Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • 1764
    William Hogarth, British painter (b. 1697)
  • 1978
    Alexander Gerschenkron, Russian-born economic historian (b. 1904)
  • 1989
    Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)

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