26 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Domenico Scarlatti, 1685
  • Beryl Markham, 1902
  • Primo Carnera, 1906
  • Mahalia Jackson, 1911
  • Hugh, Lord Scanlon, 1913
  • Jackie Coogan, 1914
  • François Mitterrand, 1916
  • Shah Mohammad Pahlavi of Iran, 1919
  • Bob Hoskins, 1942
  • Ivan Reitman, 1946
  • Pat Sajak, 1946
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1947
  • Jaclyn Smith, 1947
  • Julian Schnabel, 1951

Died On This Day:

  • William Hogarth, 1764
  • Prince Ito assassinated, 1909
  • Baron Corvo, 1913
  • Igor Sikorsky, 1972
  • William S. Paley, 1990

Today's Events:

  • 1785 - First two mules arrive in America at Boston from Spain for George Washington.
  • 1825 - Erie Canal opens to traffic connecting Great Lakes and Hudson River; first U.S man-made waterway.
  • 1834 - Hansom Safety cab patented.
  • 1860 - G. Garibaldi meets Victor Emmanuel and proclaims him King of Italy.
  • 1863 - Football Association formed in England (Soccer). (11 players on a side standardized 1870.)
  • 1881 - Gunfight at O.K. Corral, the last old-west shoot-out occurs at Tombstone, AZ; Earps vs. Clantons
  • 1905 - Workers in St. Petersburg form first Soviet.
  • 1905 - Sweden and Norway's union ends; Prince Charles of Denmark ascends Norway throne as Haakon VII.
  • 1918 - Czech independence proclaimed.
  • 1955 - Village Voice newspaper starts publication in New York.
  • 1956 - Atomic Energy Commission approved by United Nations.
  • 1965 - 'The Royal Hunt of the Sun' opens on Broadway at the ANTA Theatre.
  • 1965 - Beatles receive MBE from Queen Elizabeth.
  • 1970 - 'Doonesbury' comic strip by Gary Trudeau appears for the first time.
  • 1974 - Largest theft of cash in history-Thieves get $4.3 million from Puralator Security in Chicago.
  • 1979 - Ken Fraser catches the world record bluefin Tuna weighing 1,496 lbs. off Aulds Cove, Nova Scotia.
  • 1979 - In Nairobi, World Health Organization announces eradication worldwide of smallpox.
  • 1984 - 'Baby Fae' age 12 days old given heart of a baboon in Loma Linda, CA; dies 21 days later.
  • 1993 - Fire infernos break out in five S. Calif. counties; destroy over 1,000 homes; $500 million damage
  • 1994 - Israel PM Yitzhak Rabin and PM Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan sign peace treaty; Bill Clinton attends ceremony.
  • 2028 - 6:30pm GMT - asteroid named 1997 XF11 will pass 'dangerously' close to earth; 30,000 miles?

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Cedd
  • Eata
  • Lucian and Marcian
  • Rusticus of Narbonne
  • Bean

Holiday:

  • National Day celebrated in Austria, Deepavali in India, Malaysia and Singapore

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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