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

  • 1597
    Imjin War: Admiral Yi Sun-sin routs the Japanese Navy of 300 ships with only 13 ships at the Battle of Myeongnyang.
  • 1811
    The Argentine government declare the freedom of expression for the press by decree.
  • 1861
    The Pony Express officially ceases operations.
  • 1921
    The Chicago Theatre opens.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with an overwhelming American victory.
  • 1967
    Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself Emperor of Iran and then crowns his wife Farah Empress of Iran.
  • 1985
    The Australian government returns ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines.
  • 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?

  • 1883
    Napoleon Hill, American writer and philosopher (d. 1970)
  • 1919
    Edward Brooke, American politician
  • 1919
    Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (d. 1980)
  • 1921
    George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (d. 1968)
  • 1942
    Milton Nascimento, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1952
    David Was, member of 1980's group Was (Not Was)
  • 1959
    Evo Morales, Bolivian politician
  • 1982
    Adam Carroll, British racing driver
  • 1984
    Adriano, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985
    Andrea Bargnani, Italian basketball player

Who died on October 26?

  • 1686
    John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician (b. 1623)
  • 1817
    Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (b. 1727)
  • 1896
    Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (b. 1827)
  • 1944
    Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1857)
  • 1957
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek writer (b. 1883)
  • 1993
    Oro, Mexican professional wrestler (b. 1971)
  • 1995
    Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • 2008
    Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)

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