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    What happened on October 26

    • October 26, 1640 "The Treaty of Ripon is signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England."

    • October 26, 1664 The British Marines are organized.

    • October 26, 1774 "The First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

    • October 26, 1776 Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.

    • October 26, 1795 "The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created."

    • October 26, 1814 British governor-general of India declares war on Gurkhas of Nepal.

    • October 26, 1825 "The Erie Canal opens - passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie."

    • October 26, 1825 "The Erie Canal, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River in upstate New York, opens."

    • October 26, 1859 "The Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead."

    • October 26, 1860 "Meeting of Teano. Giuseppe Garibaldi, conqueror of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, gives it to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy."

    • October 26, 1861 The Pony Express officially ceased operations.

    • October 26, 1863 "Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer"

    • October 26, 1863 Worldwide Red Cross organized in Geneva

    • October 26, 1868 White terrorists kill several blacks in St Bernard Parish La

    • October 26, 1869 "The first American steeplechase horserace (Westchester, NY)"

    • October 26, 1874 "All Grand Trunk Railway lines east of Montreal, 542 miles, are converted from 5' 6"" to standard gauge."

    • October 26, 1876 President sends federal troops to SC

    • October 26, 1878 "Australian bushranger Ned Kelly shoots and kills three police officers at Stringybark Creek, Victoria."

    • October 26, 1881 "Shootout at the OK corral, in Tombstone, Az"

    • October 26, 1881 "The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona."

    • October 26, 1903 Yerba Buena is 1st Key System ferry to cross SF Bay

    • October 26, 1905 Norway becomes independent from Sweden.

    • October 26, 1905 "The first Soviet (workers' council) formed, St Petersburg, Russia"

    • October 26, 1905 Union of Sweden & Norway ends

    • October 26, 1916 Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)

    • October 26, 1917 Battle of Caporetto: Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat at the hands of Germany during the World War I.

    • October 26, 1917 "Capt. Christopher P.J. O'Kelly (52nd Cdn. Infantry BAtt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Passchendaele, Belgium"

    • October 26, 1917 "Lt. Robert Shankland (43 Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Passchendaele, Belgium"

    • October 26, 1917 "Prv. Thomas W. Holmes (4th Cdn. Mounted Rifles) wins the Victoria Cross at Passchendaele, Belgium"

    • October 26, 1918 "Erich Ludendorff, quartermaster-general of the Imperial German Army, is dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany for refusing to cooperate in peace negotiations."

    • October 26, 1921 Solomon Porter Hood named minister to Liberia

    • October 26, 1936 The first electric generator at Hoover Dam went into full operation.

    • October 26, 1940 Canadian Pacific's Empress of Britian is bombed and sunk.

    • October 26, 1940 The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.

    • October 26, 1941 US savings bonds go on sale

    • October 26, 1942 The U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet is sunk in the WWII Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.

    • October 26, 1942 "World War II: In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands during the Guadalcanal Campaign, one U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, was sunk and another aircraft carrier, Enterprise, is heavily damaged."

    • October 26, 1944 U.S. defeats the Japanese Navy near the Phillipines.

    • October 26, 1947 Maharajah of Jammu & Kashmir accedes to India

    • October 26, 1947 The British Military Occupation ends in Iraq.

    • October 26, 1947 The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India.

    • October 26, 1948 "Killer smog settles into Donora, Pennsylvania."

    • October 26, 1950 "In London King George VI opens the restored House of Commons chamber, destroyed in a 1941 bombing raid"

    • October 26, 1951 "Boxer Joe Louis comes out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano. However, Marciano would win the fight in eight rounds."

    • October 26, 1951 Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

    • October 26, 1954 Trieste return to Italy.

    • October 26, 1955 "After the last Allied troops have left the country and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declares permanent neutrality."

    • October 26, 1955 Ng nh Dim declares himself Premier of South Vietnam.

    • October 26, 1955 Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as pres

    • October 26, 1956 UN's International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved

    • October 26, 1956 Vietnam promulgates its constitution

    • October 26, 1957 "USSR fires defense minister, Marshal Georgi Zhukov"

    • October 26, 1957 Vatican Radio begins broadcasting

    • October 26, 1958 "Pan Am flies its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in eight hours, 41 minutes."

    • October 26, 1958 "Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France."

    • October 26, 1962 "Beatles tape ""Please Please Me"" & ""Ask Me Why"""

    • October 26, 1964 Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.

    • October 26, 1965 Beatles receive MBEs at Buckingham Palace

    • October 26, 1965 Sylvia Likens tortured by teen girl gang

    • October 26, 1965 The Beatles are appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs).

    • October 26, 1966 "The first Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2"

    • October 26, 1967 Shah of Iran crowns himself after 26 years on Peacock Throne

    • October 26, 1968 Soyuz 3 launched

    • October 26, 1968 The Flushing Meadow Park Zoo opens in New York City.

    • October 26, 1969 "In Yugoslavia a 5.6 severe earthquake in the Banja Luka area of Yugoslavia killed 20, seriously injured 150, and left 65,000 homeless"

    • October 26, 1970 """Doonesbury"" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers"

    • October 26, 1971 UN votes to replace Taiwan with China

    • October 26, 1972 Guided tours of Alcatraz (by Park Service) begin

    • October 26, 1972 "Henry Kissinger declares ""Peace is at hand"" in Vietnam"

    • October 26, 1973 "Wings release ""Helen Wheels"""

    • October 26, 1974 Number one hit on UK music charts - Ken Boothe - Everything I Own

    • October 26, 1975 Anwar Sadat becomes the first Egyptian president to visit the United States.

    • October 26, 1976 "Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa"

    • October 26, 1976 Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic

    • October 26, 1977 5th & final test of space shuttle Enterprise

    • October 26, 1977 Dr Clifford R Wharton Jr named chancellor of State University of NY

    • October 26, 1977 "The last natural case of smallpox was 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."

    • October 26, 1978 Independent Counsel Act is signed into law.

    • October 26, 1979 "Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May."

    • October 26, 1984 """Baby Fae"" gets baboon heart transplant, lives 21 days"

    • October 26, 1984 """Baby Fae"" receives a heart transplant from a baboon."

    • October 26, 1985 Montreal constable Jacinthe Fyfe is the first Canadian female police officer killed on duty.

    • October 26, 1985 The Mutijuli Aboriginal Community is granted freehold title to Ayers Rock and the Uluru National Park in the Northern Territory.

    • October 26, 1987 Dow Jones down 156.83 points

    • October 26, 1987 Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads

    • October 26, 1988 "Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service"

    • October 26, 1988 "US-Soviet effort free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK"

    • October 26, 1992 The Charlottetown Accord fails to win majority support in a Canada wide referendum.

    • October 26, 1992 The command and control system of the London Ambulance Service fails catastrophically.

    • October 26, 1994 Announcement that Andrew Wiles correctly proved Fermat's last theorem.

    • October 26, 1994 Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty.

    • October 26, 1995 "The CN commuter line between Montr‚al Central station and Deux Montagnes is reopened with modernized equipment. The new electric multiple unit trains, operating at 25 kv AC, replace aging equipment, some of it going back to the opening of the line in 1918."

    • October 26, 1999 """Pinocchio"" becomes the first animated classic to make its way to DVD"

    • October 26, 1999 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to sit and vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.

    • October 26, 2000 "An Ilyushin-18 aircraft ploughs into a mountain in ex-Soviet Georgia, killing more than 80 people."

    • October 26, 2000 Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Cte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Gu.

    • October 26, 2001 The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.

    • October 26, 2002 "Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before."

    • October 26, 2003 "The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego."

    • October 26, 2007 "OS X ""Leopard"" is released."

    • October 26, 2009 A court in Milan rules that Mediaset run by Silvio Berlusconi is being anti-competitive against News Corporation run by Rupert Murdoch.

    • October 26, 2009 "A crater found in northern Latvia, believed at first to be a meteorite strike, is revealed to be a hoax perpetrated by telecom operator Tele2."

    • October 26, 2009 "A police officer in Liverpool, England is hospitalised in a life threatening condition after undergoing a homophobic attack by a gang of twenty youths."

    • October 26, 2009 "A Sri Lankan court in Colombo releases Vetrivel Jaseeharan, the publisher of North Eastern Monthly, and his wife after they were charged with conspiracy against the government in March 2008. The editor was given a twenty year jail sentence in August 2009."

    • October 26, 2009 "At least 10 patients from thirty-four operated on partially lose their sight after free cataract operations in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh."

    • October 26, 2009 "At least seven people are killed and at least four others are injured when a three-story building falls down in Palma, Majorca. The dead include at least three from Colombia."

    • October 26, 2009 Australian authorities offer a Aus$1 million reward in their search for a man suspected of ordering the murder of a vampire.

    • October 26, 2009 Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karad?ic boycotts his own trial as it begins in The Hague.

    • October 26, 2009 It is announced that Silvio Berlusconi will stand trial on 16 November.

    • October 26, 2009 "Jurelang Zedkaia is elected the 5th President of the Marshall Islands, following the ouster of Litokwa Tomeing in a no confidence vote last week. ("

    • October 26, 2009 "King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia removes the sentence of 60 lashes for Rosanna Yami, female journalist involved in the Red Lines sex scandal."

    • October 26, 2009 "President of Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali wins 90% of votes, his fifth term and a new five-year mandate in the country's general election."

    • October 26, 2009 Prof. Salamat Akhtar demands a repeal of blasphemy laws in Pakistan

    • October 26, 2009 Silvio Berlusconi has been diagnosed with scarlet fever.

    • October 26, 2009 South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk is convicted of fraud over his stem cell research.

    • October 26, 2009 The composer and pianist Elton John cancels his third concert in several days due to flu. (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph)

    • October 26, 2009 "The five surviving Conway sextuplets, the first sextuplets born on the island of Ireland, return home."

    • October 26, 2009 The trial of Japanese singer and actress Noriko Sakai begins in Tokyo. (Xinhua) (BBC)

    • October 26, 2009 "The UN's court in Freetown, Sierra Leone sees its final case after seven years of investigating the country's civil war."

    • October 26, 2009 "Uldis Nulle, a scientist at the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre, said: ""This is not a real crater. It is artificial."""

    • October 26, 2009 "Yahoo! discontinues its free web hosting service GeoCities, ten years after purchasing it from David Bohnett and John Rezner"







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