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 299th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 66 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 13, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 419,160 hours 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 ‘dihectaenneacontaenneagon’ 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 116 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 1,770 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 26 Historical Events

  • 306
    Martyrdom of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki
  • 1597
    Imjin War: Admiral Yi Sun-sin routs the Japanese Navy of 300 ships with only 13 ships at the Battle of Myeongnyang.
  • 1795
    The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Ottoman occupied city of Thessaloniki, is liberated and unified with Greece on the feast day of its patron Saint Demetrius. On the same day, Serbian troops captured Skopje.
  • 1917
    World War I: Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers.
  • 1936
    The first electric generator at Hoover Dam goes into full operation.
  • 1955
    After the last Allied troops have left the country and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declares permanent neutrality.
  • 1967
    Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself Emperor of Iran and then crowns his wife Farah Empress of Iran.
  • 1984
    “Baby Fae” receives a heart transplant from a baboon.
  • 1985
    The Australian government returns ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines.

Who were born on October 26?

  • 1473
    Friedrich of Saxony (d. 1510)
  • 1871
    Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (d. 1941)
  • 1888
    Nestor Ivanovich Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist (d. 1934)
  • 1911
    Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (d. 1996)
  • 1916
    Boyd Wagner, First USAAF fighter ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • 1919
    Edward Brooke, American politician
  • 1953
    Keith Strickland, American musician (The B-52's)
  • 1960
    Patrick Breen, American actor
  • 1966
    Jeanne Zelasko, American sportcaster
  • 1973
    Austin Healey, English rugby player

Who died on October 26?

  • 1679
    Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • 1902
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American feminist and suffragette (b. 1815)
  • 1931
    Charles Comiskey, baseball team owner (b. 1859)
  • 1945
    Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician (b. 1863)
  • 1946
    Ioannis Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)
  • 1971
    Vincent Coleman, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1972
    Igor Sikorsky, Kiev, Russian Empire (currently Ukraine) born inventor (b. 1889)
  • 1995
    Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • 2010
    Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi gatekeeper (b. 1927)

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