Today on the history corner, we took a trip down, in the realm of flashback and we were able to recall some events that marked this day.
October 26th, 1774
The First Continental Congress was adjourned in Philadelphia.
October 26th, 1825
The Erie Canal, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River, was opened in New York.
October 26th, 1861
The Pony Express officially ceased its operations.
October 26th, 1881
The gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place in Tombstone, Arizona.
October 26th, 1944
The Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of the largest naval battles in history, began during World War II.
October 26th, 1947
The Hollywood Ten, a group of film industry professionals, was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about alleged Communist ties.
October 26th, 1955
Ngo Dinh Diem declared himself President of the newly established Republic of Vietnam.
October 26th, 1967
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, crowned himself and his queen after a vote to make Iran a monarchy.
October 26th, 1977
The last natural case of smallpox was reported in Somalia.
October 26th, 1984
“Baby Fae” received a heart transplant from a baboon, becoming the first infant to receive a non-human organ transplant.
October 26th, 1992
A charter jet carrying members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi, resulting in several fatalities.
October 26th, 1994
Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty, ending 46 years of hostilities.
October 26th, 2000
Laurent Gbagbo became the President of Côte d’Ivoire after a disputed election.
October 26th, 2001
The United States passed the USA PATRIOT Act in response to the September 11 attacks.
October 26th, 2002
The Moscow Theater hostage crisis began when Chechen terrorists seized a theater in Moscow, leading to a three-day standoff.
October 26th, 2012
Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the northeastern United States, causing widespread devastation.
October 26th, 2015
The Philippines hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila.
October 26th, 2018
The Lion Air Flight 610 crashed off the coast of Indonesia, resulting in the deaths of all 189 people on board.
October 26th, 2019
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe made its closest approach to the Sun, becoming the closest human-made object to it.
October 26th, 2020
Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a ceasefire agreement, ending weeks of fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Please note that these are just a few historical events that happened on October 26th. History is full of numerous other significant events on this day, ranging from politics and warfare to cultural and scientific milestones.
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