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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 66 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 13, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,727,840 minutes 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 109 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 2,866 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 26 Historical Events
King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution.
The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created.
The Chicago Theatre opens.
The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
World War II: In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands during the Guadalcanal Campaign, one U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, is sunk and another aircraft carrier, Enterprise, is heavily damaged.
Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France.
Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty
Britain’s House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament.
Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï.
The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
Who were born on October 26?
Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (d. 1757)
Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano (d. 1865)
Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, President of Brazil (d. 1957)
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, American socialite and philanthropist (d. 1948)
Joe Fry, British racing driver (d. 1950)
Holly Woodlawn, Puerto Rican actress
Trevor Joyce, Irish poet
Cristian Chivu, Romanian footballer
Ibor Bakar, Comorian footballer
Shawn Lauvao, American football player
Who died on October 26?
Alfred the Great, king of Wessex (b. 849)
King Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1175)
Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
Catherine Sedley, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1657)
John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)
William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1881)
Elizabeth Gunn, New Zealand paediatrician (b. 1879)
Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea (b. 1917)
Bobby Avila, Mexican-American Major League Baseball player (b. 1924)
Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
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