26 October

October 26 is the 299th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 66 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about October 26th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 26th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Howl at the Moon Day
  • National Pumpkin Day
  • National Mincemeat Pie Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – October 26

2001: Patriot Act Comes into Effect in the US

Signed into law by President George W. Bush as a result of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the act is formally known as Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The act gave security agencies more power to deal with terrorists and terrorist activities and made it easier for them to monitor and investigate people suspected of aiding and abetting acts of terrorism. It has been criticized for its detrimental effect on civil liberties.

1984: First Infant to Receive an Organ From Another Species

Born on October 14, 1984, with a rare congenital heart defect, Baby Fae received a heart from a baboon. The surgery was performed by Dr. Leonard L. Bailey at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. While the operation was successful, Baby Fae’s body rejected the heart, and she died a few weeks later.

1947: The Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir Joins India

Hari Singh, the last ruler of the princely state, signed the Instrument of Accession to join the Dominion of India, in return for protection from the Indian military.

1863: The Football Association is Formed

The world’s oldest governing football body was created at the Freemasons’ Tavern in London. The foundation was instrumental in creating and formalizing rules of the game. Before this, every area and organization playing football (soccer) made their own rules.

1825: Erie Canal opens for ships

Construction of the 363-mile long canal began in 1817. The canal which connects Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York, to the Hudson River in Albany, New York, was used to ship goods in a time when it was cheaper and more effective to transport them through the waterways. Since the 1990s, the canal had been primarily used for recreational purposes.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, October 26

1973: Seth MacFarlane, American animator, voice actor, singer

1959: Evo Morales, Bolivian politician, 80th President of Bolivia

1947: Hillary Clinton, American politician, 67th United States Secretary of State, 44th First Lady of the United States

1919: Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran

1916: François Mitterrand, French politician, 21st President of France

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, October 26

1979: Park Chung-hee, Korean general, politician, 3rd President of South Korea

1952: Hattie McDaniel, American actress

1944: Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom

1902: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American activist

899: Alfred the Great, English king

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