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

  • 306
    Martyrdom of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki
  • 1689
    General Piccolomini of Austria burned down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera himself soon after.
  • 1795
    The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created.
  • 1861
    The Pony Express officially ceases operations.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with an overwhelming American victory.
  • 1977
    The last natural case of smallpox is discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.
  • 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?

  • 1427
    Archduke Sigismund of Austria (d. 1496)
  • 1473
    Friedrich of Saxony (d. 1510)
  • 1873
    Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1911
    Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (d. 1996)
  • 1915
    Joe Fry, British racing driver (d. 1950)
  • 1919
    Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (d. 1980)
  • 1960
    June Brigman, American comic book artist
  • 1963
    Natalie Merchant, American singer
  • 1985
    Monta Ellis, American basketball player
  • 2000
    Ellery Sprayberry, American actress

Who died on October 26?

  • 1671
    Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet, English politician (b. 1593)
  • 1679
    Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • 1764
    William Hogarth, British painter (b. 1697)
  • 1931
    Charles Comiskey, baseball team owner (b. 1859)
  • 1962
    Louise Beavers, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1965
    Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (b. 1949)
  • 1989
    Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1993
    Oro, Mexican professional wrestler (b. 1971)
  • 2007
    Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
  • 2007
    Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)

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