This Day in History - October 26

October 26

899 – English King, Alfred the Great, dies

1774 – The First Continental Congress, which protested British measures and called for civil disobedience, concludes in Philadelphia

1776 – Benjamin Franklin sets sail from Philadelphia for France, with which he was to negotiate and secure a formal alliance and treaty

1795 – General Paul Barras resigns his commission as head of France’s Army of the Interior to become head of the Directory

1800 – Count Helmuth Karl Von Moltke, a Prussian military leader, is born

1825 – The Erie Canal opens

1854 – Food manufacturer, Charles William Post, is born

1864 – The notorious Confederate guerrilla leader William “Bloody Bill” Anderson is killed in Missouri in a Union ambush during the Civil War

1879 – Leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, Leon Trotsky, is born

1881 – The three Earp brothers and Doc Holliday have a shootout with the Clantons and McLaury’s at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona

1900 – Writer Henry James first writes to Edith Wharton, who was inspired by his works, whom he will finally meet in 1903

1902 – Aviator and writer, Beryl Markham, is born

1902 – American activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, dies

1905 – Norway signs a treaty of separation with Sweden, chooses Prince Charles of Denmark as the new king, and he becomes King Haakon VII

1911 – Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, is born

1916 – French leader, Francois Mitterrand, is born

1917 – Brazil declares its decision to enter the World War I on the side of the Allied powers

1918 – Germany’s supreme commander, General Erich Ludendorff, resigns, protesting the terms to which the German Government has agreed in negotiating the armistice and setting the stage for his later support of Adolf Hitler

1919 – The Shah of Iran who was overthrown in 1979, Mohammed Reza Pahlevi is born

1942 – Two US carriers are sunk at the Guadalcanal by the Japanese during World War II

1942 – The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Hornet is sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Island, in the South Pacific during World War II

1944 – Novelist, Pat Conroy, is born

1944 – Princess Beatrice of the UK dies

1944 – The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest air-naval battle in history, ends with a decisive US victory over the Japanese

1946 – Patrick Leonard Sajak, television personality, is born

1947 – Politician, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is born

1948 – Betty Ferreri kills her swindling husband, Jerry, in their Los Angeles, California, home with the help of house caretaker Alan Adron, largely due to the physical and emotional abuse Betty had suffered at his hand. Adron shot him twice and Betty struck him in the head with a meat cleaver 23 times

1950 – A reconnaissance platoon for a South Korean division reaches the Yalu River

1952 – American actress, Hattie McDaniel, dies

1953 – Songwriter and musician, Keith Strickland, is born

1955 – Ngo Dinh Diem declares himself Premier of South Vietnam

1957 – The Russian government announces that Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the nation’s most prominent military hero, has been relieved of his duties as Minister of Defense

1959 – 80th President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, is born

1966 – A fire breaks out on board the 42,000-ton U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany in the Gulf of Tonkin, killing 43 men

1967 – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself Emperor of Iran and his wife Farah as empress

1967 – Singer, songwriter, and musician, Keith Urban, is born

1970 – Garry Trudeau’s comic strip Doonesbury first appears

1979 – The President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee, is assassinated by Kim Jae-kyu, head of the country’s Central intelligence Agency

1981 – Australian singer, songwriter, and producer, Guy Sebastian, is born

1984 – Nineteen-year-old John McCollum is found shot to death on his bed in Indio, California and his parents sued Ozzy Osbourne claiming that the music McCollum was listening to contained hidden lyrics urging people to commit suicide. The case was dismissed

1984 – American figure skater, Sasha Cohen, is born

1994 – Israel and Jordan sign a peace treaty

1998 – Hurricane Mitch hits Central America on this day in 1998. The storm, the most deadly hurricane to hit the Western Hemisphere in more than 200 years, went on to kill thousands of people

2001 – The USA PATRIOT Act is signed into law by President George W. Bush, expanding intelligence and legal agencies’ ability to utilize wiretaps, records searches, and surveillance


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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