On this Day in History, October 26

Most people think that historical events happened on specific days only, not knowing that every day of every month has its own share of historical events.

There following are events that happened on October 26 in history:

  • 1774 – The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.
  • 1863 – The Football Association was formed.
  • 1916– The 21st President of France, François Mitterrand was born.
  • 1942 –  During World War II, the U.S. ship Hornet sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz.
  • 1944 – The Battle of Leyte Gulf ended, during World War II.
  • 1949 – The minimum wage was raised from 40 to 75 cents an hour, by President Harry Truman.
  • 1951 – Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain.
  • 1957 – USSR announced that the Minister of Defence Marchal Georgi Zhukov had been relieved of his duties.
  • 1958 – Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.
  • 1975China performed a nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1979 – Park Chung-hee, a  South Korean President, was shot dead.
  • 1980 – Israeli President Yitzhak Navon became the first Israeli head of state to visit Egypt.
  • 1984 – Baby Fae, became the first Infant to receive an organ from another species, i.e a Baboon.
  • 1990 – A warning was issued by the U.S. State Department that terrorists could be planning an attack on a passenger ship or aircraft.
  • 1992 – Canadian voters rejected the Charlottetown accord, which was designed to unify the country.
  • 1994 – Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty.
  • 2001 – Patriot Act came into effect in the US.
  • 2014 – Dilma Rousseff was re-elected President of Brazil.
  • 2015 – World Health Organization classified processed meat as carcinogenic.
  • 2017 – American President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.

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