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, 25,149,600 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 1905
    Norway becomes independent from Sweden.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1955
    After the last Allied troops have left the country and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declares permanent neutrality.
  • 1964
    Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
  • 1999
    Britain’s House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament.
  • 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?

  • 1491
    Zhengde Emperor of China (d. 1521)
  • 1768
    Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (d. 1844)
  • 1873
    Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1874
    Martin Lowry, British chemist (d. 1936)
  • 1888
    Nestor Ivanovich Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist (d. 1934)
  • 1906
    Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (d. 1967)
  • 1945
    Pat Conroy, American writer
  • 1949
    Antonio Carpio, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1960
    Patrick Breen, American actor
  • 1988
    Greg Zuerlein, American ice dancer

Who died on October 26?

  • 1679
    Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • 1773
    Amédée-François Frézier, French military engineer and explorer (b. 1682)
  • 1866
    John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (Labatt Brewing Company) (b. 1803)
  • 1947
    Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)
  • 1962
    Louise Beavers, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1978
    Alexander Gerschenkron, Russian-born economic historian (b. 1904)
  • 1984
    Gus Mancuso, baseball player (b. 1905)
  • 1989
    Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 2002
    Jacques Massu, French general (b. 1908)
  • 2006
    Tillman Franks, American songwriter (b. 1920)

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