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.
  • 1811
    The Argentine government declare the freedom of expression for the press by decree.
  • 1905
    Norway becomes independent from Sweden.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 1979
    Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.
  • 1984
    “Baby Fae” receives a heart transplant from a baboon.
  • 1995
    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.

Who were born on October 26?

  • 1609
    William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)
  • 1797
    Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano (d. 1865)
  • 1871
    Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (d. 1941)
  • 1888
    Nestor Ivanovich Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist (d. 1934)
  • 1942
    Zdenko Runjić, Croatian composor (d. 2004)
  • 1946
    Keith Hopwood, British musician (Herman’s Hermits)
  • 1970
    Lisa Ryder, Canadian actress
  • 1971
    Jim Butcher, American author
  • 1985
    Andrea Bargnani, Italian basketball player
  • 1985
    Monta Ellis, American basketball player

Who died on October 26?

  • 1235
    King Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1175)
  • 1633
    Horio Tadaharu, Japanese warlord (b. 1596)
  • 1717
    Catherine Sedley, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1657)
  • 1864
    “Bloody Bill” Anderson, American Civil War rebel guerrilla leader (b. 1838)
  • 1943
    Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-born archaeologist (b. 1862)
  • 1946
    Ioannis Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)
  • 1957
    Gerty Cori, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1896)
  • 1997
    Joe Cinque, Australian civil engineer murdered by Anu Singh (b. 1978)
  • 2005
    Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist (b. 1958)
  • 2007
    Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)

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