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, 410,400 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 ‘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

  • 306
    Martyrdom of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki
  • 1689
    General Piccolomini of Austria burned down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera himself soon after.
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 “Pfeil”.
  • 1947
    The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India.
  • 1955
    After the last Allied troops have left the country and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declares permanent neutrality.
  • 1968
    Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy pilots Soyuz 3 into space for a four-day mission.
  • 1977
    The last natural case of smallpox is discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.
  • 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?

  • 1757
    Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Austrian philosopher (d. 1823)
  • 1874
    Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, American socialite and philanthropist (d. 1948)
  • 1911
    Mahalia Jackson, American singer (d. 1972)
  • 1911
    Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (d. 1996)
  • 1926
    Panos Gavalas, Greek singer and musician (d. 1988)
  • 1946
    Keith Hopwood, British musician (Herman’s Hermits)
  • 1946
    Pat Sajak, American game show host
  • 1959
    Brian Bovell, British actor
  • 1961
    Dylan McDermott, American actor
  • 1963
    Ted Demme, American film and television director (d. 2002)

Who died on October 26?

  • 1773
    Amédée-François Frézier, French military engineer and explorer (b. 1682)
  • 1909
    Hirobumi Ito, Japanese Prime Minister (b. 1841)
  • 1943
    Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-born archaeologist (b. 1862)
  • 1945
    Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician (b. 1863)
  • 1956
    Walter Gieseking, German pianist (b. 1895)
  • 1979
    Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea (b. 1917)
  • 1994
    Wilbert Harrison, American singer (b. 1929)
  • 1995
    Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2004
    Bobby Avila, Mexican-American Major League Baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 2009
    Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)

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