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, 419,160 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 ‘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

  • 1689
    General Piccolomini of Austria burned down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera himself soon after.
  • 1774
    The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1775
    King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution.
  • 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.
  • 1917
    World War I: Battle of Caporetto; Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat at the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany. The young unknown Oberleutnant Erwin Rommel captures Mount Matajur with only 100 Germans against a force of over 7000 Italians.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with an overwhelming American victory.
  • 1947
    The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India.
  • 1955
    Ngô Đình Diệm declares himself Premier of South Vietnam.
  • 1968
    Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy pilots Soyuz 3 into space for a four-day mission.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 26?

  • 1609
    William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)
  • 1694
    Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer (d. 1758)
  • 1800
    Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian field marshal (d. 1891)
  • 1803
    Joseph Hansom, English architect and inventor (d. 1882)
  • 1916
    Boyd Wagner, First USAAF fighter ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • 1929
    Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires) (d. 2000)
  • 1949
    Steve Rogers, American baseball player
  • 1966
    Jane Hajduk, American actress
  • 1966
    Jeanne Zelasko, American sportcaster
  • 1976
    Miikka Kiprusoff, Finnish hockey player

Who died on October 26?

  • 1235
    King Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1175)
  • 1440
    Gilles de Rais, French serial killer (b. 1404)
  • 1675
    William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)
  • 1890
    Carlo Collodi, Italian writer (b. 1826)
  • 1896
    Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (b. 1827)
  • 1949
    Lionel Halsey, British Royal Navy officer and courtier (b. 1872)
  • 1963
    Elizabeth Gunn, New Zealand paediatrician (b. 1879)
  • 1972
    Igor Sikorsky, Kiev, Russian Empire (currently Ukraine) born inventor (b. 1889)
  • 2007
    Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi gatekeeper (b. 1927)

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