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, 410,400 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 ‘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.
  • 1775
    King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution.
  • 1947
    The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India.
  • 1967
    Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself Emperor of Iran and then crowns his wife Farah Empress of Iran.
  • 1968
    Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy pilots Soyuz 3 into space for a four-day mission.
  • 1984
    “Baby Fae” receives a heart transplant from a baboon.
  • 1992
    The London Ambulance Service is thrown into chaos after the implementation of a new CAD, or Computer Aided Dispatch, system which failed.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1768
    Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (d. 1844)
  • 1802
    King Miguel of Portugal (d. 1866)
  • 1850
    Grigore Tocilescu, Romanian historian, archaeologist, epigrapher and folkorist (d. 1909)
  • 1869
    Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, President of Brazil (d. 1957)
  • 1874
    Martin Lowry, British chemist (d. 1936)
  • 1913
    Charlie Barnet, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1991)
  • 1919
    Edward Brooke, American politician
  • 1926
    Panos Gavalas, Greek singer and musician (d. 1988)
  • 1942
    Milton Nascimento, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1959
    Paul Farmer, American anthropologist

Who died on October 26?

  • 1679
    Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • 1806
    John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)
  • 1866
    John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (Labatt Brewing Company) (b. 1803)
  • 1930
    Waldemar Haffkine, Russian-Jewish bacteriologist (b. 1860)
  • 1945
    Paul Pelliot, French explorer (b. 1878)
  • 1999
    Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2005
    Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist (b. 1958)
  • 2007
    Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    Delmar Watson, American child actor (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi gatekeeper (b. 1927)

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