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

  • 1640
    The Treaty of Ripon is signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England.
  • 1859
    The Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead.
  • 1861
    The Pony Express officially ceases operations.
  • 1881
    The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona.
  • 1918
    Erich Ludendorff, quartermaster-general of the Imperial German Army, is dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany for refusing to cooperate in peace negotiations.
  • 1921
    The Chicago Theatre opens.
  • 1958
    Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France.
  • 1992
    The London Ambulance Service is thrown into chaos after the implementation of a new CAD, or Computer Aided Dispatch, system which failed.
  • 1995
    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
  • 2000
    Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï.

Who were born on October 26?

  • 1757
    Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Austrian philosopher (d. 1823)
  • 1849
    Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician (d. 1917)
  • 1883
    Napoleon Hill, American writer and philosopher (d. 1970)
  • 1906
    Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (d. 1967)
  • 1911
    Mahalia Jackson, American singer (d. 1972)
  • 1933
    Takis Kanellopoulos, Greek film director and screenwriter (d. 1990)
  • 1949
    Antonio Carpio, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1949
    Kevin Sullivan, American professional wrestler
  • 1973
    Taka Michinoku, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1983
    Francisco Liriano, Dominican baseball player

Who died on October 26?

  • 1890
    Carlo Collodi, Italian writer (b. 1826)
  • 1902
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American feminist and suffragette (b. 1815)
  • 1946
    Ioannis Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)
  • 1979
    Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea (b. 1917)
  • 1984
    Gus Mancuso, baseball player (b. 1905)
  • 1994
    Wilbert Harrison, American singer (b. 1929)
  • 1999
    Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2002
    Jacques Massu, French general (b. 1908)
  • 2008
    Delmar Watson, American child actor (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi gatekeeper (b. 1927)

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