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, 445,464 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 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 Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead.
Meeting of Teano. Giuseppe Garibaldi, conqueror of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, gives it to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.
Erich Ludendorff, quartermaster-general of the Imperial German Army, is dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany for refusing to cooperate in peace negotiations.
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.
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.
Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty
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?
Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (d. 1757)
Nestor Ivanovich Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist (d. 1934)
Mahalia Jackson, American singer (d. 1972)
Natalie Merchant, American singer
Jane Hajduk, American actress
Taka Michinoku, Japanese professional wrestler
Guy Sebastian, Australian singer
Sam Brown, American comedian
Adriano, Brazilian footballer
Jefferson Farfán, Peruvian footballer
Who died on October 26?
Alfred the Great, king of Wessex (b. 849)
Philip Doddridge, English religious leader (b. 1702)
William Hogarth, British painter (b. 1697)
Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (b. 1827)
Hattie McDaniel, American singer and actress (b. 1895)
Bidia Dandaron, Buddhist author and teacher in the USSR (b. 1914)
Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
Wilhelm Freddie, Danish painter (b. 1909)
George Swindin, English football player manager (b. 1914)
George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
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