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, 1,508,976,000 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 ‘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

  • 1775
    King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution.
  • 1776
    Benjamin Franklin departs from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.
  • 1860
    Meeting of Teano. Giuseppe Garibaldi, conqueror of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, gives it to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.
  • 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.
  • 1964
    Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    Britain’s House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament.
  • 2003
    The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acre, and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.

Who were born on October 26?

  • 1609
    William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)
  • 1850
    Grigore Tocilescu, Romanian historian, archaeologist, epigrapher and folkorist (d. 1909)
  • 1883
    Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (d. 1958)
  • 1902
    Jack Sharkey, American boxer (d. 1994)
  • 1909
    Dante Quinterno, Argentine comics artist (d. 2003)
  • 1914
    Jackie Coogan, American actor (d. 1984)
  • 1936
    Shelley Morrison, American actress
  • 1971
    Jim Butcher, American author
  • 1984
    Amanda Overmyer, American singer
  • 1985
    Kieran Read, New Zealand rugby player

Who died on October 26?

  • 1751
    Philip Doddridge, English religious leader (b. 1702)
  • 1803
    Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician (b. 1721)
  • 1909
    Hirobumi Ito, Japanese Prime Minister (b. 1841)
  • 1937
    Józef Dowbór-Muśnicki, Polish general (b. 1867)
  • 1962
    Louise Beavers, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 2005
    Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist (b. 1958)
  • 2007
    Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
  • 2008
    Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2010
    Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi gatekeeper (b. 1927)

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