October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining.
740 - An earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing much damage and death.
1863 - The Football Association is formed
1863 - International Federation of the Red Cross is formed
1881 - The Gunfight at the O. K. Corral
1905 - Norway becomes independent from Sweden
1936 - The first generator goes online at Boulder Dam.
1944 - Battle of Leyte Gulf ends
1948 - Killer smog settles into Donora, Pennsylvania.
1955 - Ngo Dinh Diem declares himself Premier of South Vietnam
1965 - The Beatles receive MBE Members of the British Empire recognition
1976 - Transkei declares its "independence" from South Africa
1978 - Independent Counsel Act signed into law
1984 - "Baby Fae" receives a heart transplant from a baboon
1994 - Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty
1995 - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
1999 - Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament
2001 - The United States passes the controversial USA Patriot Act into law.
2002 - Moscow Theater Siege ends: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian commandos storm the House of Culture theater in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels three days before.
1685 - Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer
1759 - Georges Jacques Danton, leader of the French Revolution
1854 - Charles Post, cereal entrepreneur
1865 - Benjamin Guggenheim, businessman, went down on Titanic († 1912)
1873 - Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark († 1942)
1874 - Martin Lowry, British chemist
1902 - Jack Sharkey, boxing champion († 1994)
1906 - Primo Carnera, boxing champion († 1967)
1911 - Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer († 1972)
1911 - Sid Gilman, American football player, coach, manager
1911 - Sorley MacLean, Scots Gaelic poet
1912 - Don Siegel, American director
1914 - Jackie Coogan, actor († 1984)
1916 - François Mitterrand, French president († 1996)
1919 - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran, shah of Iran († 1980)
1942 - Bob Hoskins, actor
1945 - Pat Conroy, novelist
1946 - Pat Sajak, game show host
1946 - Ivan Reitman, actor, writer, director
1947 - Jaclyn Smith, actress
1947 - Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of former President of the United States, Senator from New York
1947 - Holly Woodlawn, actor
1951 - Bootsy Collins, American musician (P Funk)
1953 - Keith Strickland, drummer (The B-52s)
1954 - D.W. Moffett, actor
1958 - Rita Wilson, actress
1961 - Cylan McDermott, actor
1962 - Cary Elwes, British actor
1963 - Natalie Merchant, singer
1978 - David Weekly
1764 - William Hogarth, British painter
1806 - John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada
1902 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, feminist, suffragette
1931 - Charles Comiskey, baseball owner
1952 - Hattie McDaniel, American singer
1972 - Igor Sikorsky, helicopter pioneer
1979 - Park Chung-hee, president of South Korea
1991 - Bill Graham, rock and roll entrepreneur
1999 - Hoyt Axton, musician
2002 - Jacques Massu, French general
1955 - Anniversary of the Austrian day of independence
See Also: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
October 25 - October 27 - November 26 - September 26 - more historical anniversaries
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