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Notable Historical Events on October 26th

1962Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey: offer is rejected

1951Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister

1972Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam

1978Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

2000NY Yankees defeat NY Mets 4-1 to win their 3rd straight World Series championship, MVP: Derek Jeter, NY Yankees

1986"Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances

1682William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York

1950Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India

1927Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song"

1988Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service

1949US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents

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

1881Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Az

1962JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba

1492Columbus' fleet anchors on Ragged Island Range, Bahamas

1985Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

1916Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)

1968George Foreman wins gold for USA at Mexico Olympic games (Heavyweight boxing)

1951Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

1922Italian government resigns under pressure from fascists & Benito Mussolini

October 26th Historical Events
Date Event
740
An earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing much damage and death. 
1366
Comet 55P/1366 U1 (Tempel-Tuttle) approaches 0.0229 AUs of Earth 
1387
Amsterdam buccaneer Herman of Kuinre sign peace 
1407
Mobs attack Jewish community of Kraków 
1492
Columbus' fleet anchors on Ragged Island Range, Bahamas 
1492
Lead pencils first used 
1524
Spanish troops give Milan to France 
1529
Sir Thomas More appointed Lord Chancellor of England 
1534
Charles V names Joris of Egmont, bishop of Utrecht 
1667
Aru Palakka's occupies Makassar (Goa) 
1674
Prince Willem III occupies Grave 
1682
William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York 
1749
Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal 
1774
First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia 
1774
Minute Men organized in colonies 
1776
Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution. 
1787
"Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution 
1795
Pinckney's Treaty between Spain & US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US & giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi 
1795
The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created. 
1810
US annexes western Florida 
1822
King Willem I requires inhabitants of Brussels to use Dutch language 
1825
Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opened 
1830
Belgian rebels occupy Antwerp 
1858
Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine 
1859
The Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead. 
1861
Pony Express ends 
1863
International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields - beginning of the Red Cross 
1863
Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby 
1864
Union troops ambush & kill 'Bloody' Bill Anderson in Richmond MI 
1868
White terrorists kill several blacks in St Bernard Parish La 
1869
1st American steeplechase horserace (Westchester, NY) 
1876
President sends federal troops to SC 
1881
Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Az 
1886
Modest Mussorgsky's "A Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in Russia 
1887
Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series 
1896
Abyssinia & Italy sign peace treaty 
1900
After 4 years of work, first section of New York subway opens 
1901
First recorded use of "getaway car" occurs after holding up a shop in Paris 
1903
Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay 
1905
First Soviet (workers' council) formed, St Petersburg, Russia 
1905
Union of Sweden & Norway ends 
1909
Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, and former Japanese Prime Minister, shot and killed by Korean nationalist in Harbin, China 
1911
Phila A's beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 8th World Series 
1912
Serbian troops over run Skopje (Uskup) 
1912
Woolwich Tunnel under Thames opens 
1913
Huerta elected president of Mexico 
1916
Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control) 
1917
Petrograd Soviet accepts establishment of Military 
1917
World War I:Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers. 
1918
Soldier revolt at Harskamp Veluwe 
1919
B C Hilliam's musical "Buddies" premieres in NYC 
1919
Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen's Hall London 
1919
US President Woodrow Wilson's veto of Prohibition Enforcement Bill is overridden 
1921
Solomon Porter Hood named minister to Liberia 
1922
Italian government resigns under pressure from fascists & Benito Mussolini 
1923
Dutch second Chamber rejects Fleet laws (50-49 vote) 
1923
Dutch Government of Ruijs de Beerenbrouck resigns 
1926
Arthur Goodrich's "Caponsacchi" premieres in NYC 
1926
Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 "Belga") 
1927
Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song" 
1930
Dmitri Sjostakovitch' ballet "Zolotoy Vyek" premieres in Leningrad 
1931
Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" premieres in NYC 
1933
French government of Serraut forms 
1934
While Wash player-mgr Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson owner Clark Griffith's niece & adopted daughter, he is sold to Red Sox 
1939
Polish Jews forced into obligatory work service 
1940
The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight. 
1941
2Second meeting of partisans Tito & Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia 
1941
US savings bonds go on sale 
1942
Second day of Battle of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal 
1942
Fourth day of battle at El Alamein: Australian breakthrough 
1942
Battle of Santa Cruz: USS SD shoots down a record 32 enemy planes 
1943
World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil". 
1947
Maharajah of Jammu & Kashmir accedes to India 
1947
The British Military Occupation ends in Iraq. 
1949
US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents 
1950
Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island) 
1950
630 Dutch volunteers depart for Korea 
1950
Branch Rickey resigns as Brooklyn Dodger president 
1950
Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India 
1950
South Korean troops reach Chosan at Chinese boundary 
1951
Emile Zatopek runs world record 30,000m, 25,000m & 15 miles 
1951
Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden 
1951
Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister 
1952
Pakistan's 1st Test Cricket win Fazal Mahmood 12 wkts v India 
1953
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia 
1954
Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine 
1954
Walt Disney's 1st television program, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC 
1954
Trieste return to Italy. 
1955
First edition of "Village Voice" (NYC) published 
1955
British troops occupy Saudi Arabian oil field at Boeraimi 
1955
Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as pres 
1956
UN's International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved 
1956
Vietnam promulgates its constitution 
1957
USSR fires defense minister Marshal Georgi Zhukov 
1958
PanAm flies first transatlantic jet trip-New York to Paris 
1958
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1960
AL approves Washington Senators move to become Minnesota Twins & announces franchises in LA & Wash DC for 1961 
1961
First test flight of Saturn launch vehicle 
1962
The Beatles record "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why" 
1962
JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba 
1962
Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey: offer is rejected 
1962
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island 
1963
US performs underground nuclear test at Fallon Nevada 
1964
Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed. 
1965
Beatles receive MBEs at Buckingham Palace 
1965
Sylvia Likens tortured by teen girl gang 
1966
First Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2 
1966
US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die 
1967
Shah of Iran crowns himself after 26 years on Peacock Throne 
1968
First European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy 
1968
KMIR TV channel 36 in Palm Springs, CA (NBC) begins broadcastng 
1968
Soyuz 3 launched 
1968
George Foreman wins gold for USA at Mexico Olympic games (Heavyweight boxing) 
1969
Carol Mann wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open 
1969
WHMA (now WJSU) TV channel 40 in Anniston, AL (CBS) 1st broadcast 
1970
"Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers 
1970
Tanzania begins building railway Lusaka-Drone ash Salaam 
1971
UN votes to replace Taiwan with China 
1971
An Assembly, attended only by Nationalist politicians, and acting as an alternative to Stormont, meet in Dungiven Castle 
1972
Guided tours of Alcatraz (by Park Service) begin 
1972
Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam 
1973
Israeli forces reach Suez, trapping Egyptian army 
1973
President Nixon released first White House tapes on Watergate scandal 
1973
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1973
Wings release "Helen Wheels" 
1974
Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch 
1975
Anwar Sadat became 1st Egyptian president to officially visit US 
1975
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
1975
Cuba beats Mexico for its 4th Pan Am Games Gold Medal in baseball 
1975
Mary Bea Porter wins LPGA Golf Inns of America 
1976
Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa 
1976
Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic 
1977
5th & final test of space shuttle Enterprise 
1977
Dr Clifford R Wharton Jr named chancellor of State University of New York 
1977
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
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. 
1978
Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize 
1978
Independent Counsel Act is signed into law. 
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. 
1980
10th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:25:41.3 
1980
11th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:41 
1980
St Louis Cards sack Balt Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times 
1981
LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 2 in 78th World Series 
1982
Steve Carlton became 1st pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards 
1982
US budget deficit reaches more than $110 trillion for fiscal year 1982 
1983
Hugh Williams' "Pack of Lies" premieres in London 
1983
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1984
Stephanie Fae Beauclair ("Baby Fae") gets baboon heart transplant, lives 21 days 
1985
-Nov 6] Hurricane Juan, kills 97 in US 
1985
On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the World Series 
1985
Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens 
1986
"Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances 
1987
Dow Jones down 156.83 points 
1987
Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads 
1988
Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service 
1988
US-Soviet effort to free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK 
1992
The Charlottetown Accord fails to win majority support in a Canada wide referendum. 
1992
London Ambulance Service thrown into chaos after implementation of new CAD (Computer Aided Despatch system) which failed. 
1993
NFL announces new expansion team, Carolina Panthers in Charlotte 
1993
NJ Devils lose 2-0 to Montreal, after winning 1st 7 games of 1993 
1994
Jordan & Israel sign peace accord 
1995
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta. 
1996
Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Lit de Justice, Storm Song, Jewel Princess, Da Hass, Boston Harbor, Pilsudski, Alphabet Soup at Woodbine 
1997
Bill Glasson wins Las Vegas Golf Invitational 
1997
Nichirei LPGA International 
1997
Raley's Gold Rush Senior Golf Classic 
1997
World Series: Fla Marlins beat Cleve Indians, 4 games to 3 
1999
Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament. 
2000
NY Yankees defeat NY Mets 4-1 to win their 3rd straight World Series championship, MVP: Derek Jeter, NY Yankees 
2000
Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï. Bret Hart retires. 
2001
The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law. 
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. 
2003
The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego. 
2005
Chicago White Sox defeat Houston Astros 4-0 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Jermaine Dye, Chicago 
2012
64 people are killed in West Burma after continued sectarian clashes 
2012
41 people are killed and 50 injured by a suicide bombing of a mosque in Maymana, Afghanistan 
2012
China blocks the New York Times from searches and social media in response to an investigation into Premier Wen Jiabao 
2012
Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in the Bahamas killing 2 people and causing over $300 million in damage 
2013
St Louis Cardinals defeat Boston Red Sox to lead the MLB 2013 World Series 2-1 
2014
Dilma Rousseff is re-elected President of Brazil 
2015
Airstrikes hit Doctors Without Borders clinic in Yemen 
2015
Outrage after South Carolina officer arrests student 
2015
Iran steps up its forces in Syria 
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