What happened this day in history October 26

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

  • 1775
    King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution.
  • 1795
    The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created.
  • 1921
    The Chicago Theatre opens.
  • 1940
    The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
  • 1942
    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.
  • 1958
    Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France.
  • 1994
    Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty
  • 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.
  • 2001
    The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.

Who were born on October 26?

  • 1684
    Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (d. 1757)
  • 1797
    Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano (d. 1865)
  • 1869
    Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, President of Brazil (d. 1957)
  • 1874
    Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, American socialite and philanthropist (d. 1948)
  • 1915
    Joe Fry, British racing driver (d. 1950)
  • 1946
    Holly Woodlawn, Puerto Rican actress
  • 1947
    Trevor Joyce, Irish poet
  • 1980
    Cristian Chivu, Romanian footballer
  • 1986
    Ibor Bakar, Comorian footballer
  • 1987
    Shawn Lauvao, American football player

Who died on October 26?

  • 899
    Alfred the Great, king of Wessex (b. 849)
  • 1235
    King Andrew II of Hungary (b. 1175)
  • 1679
    Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • 1717
    Catherine Sedley, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1657)
  • 1806
    John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)
  • 1944
    William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1881)
  • 1963
    Elizabeth Gunn, New Zealand paediatrician (b. 1879)
  • 1979
    Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    Bobby Avila, Mexican-American Major League Baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)

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