This was 300th day of the year and 66 days remained in the year.

October 26 Birthdays

Mahalia Jackson
1911–1972, American gospel singer, born in New Orleans.

Domenico Scarlatti
composer (1685)

Beryl Markham
aviator (1902)

Francois Mitterrand
political leader, president of France (1916)

Bob Hoskins
actor (1942)

Pat Conroy
writer (1945)

Hillary Rodham Clinton
lawyer and political figure (1947)

Keith Urban
singer (1967)

Jon Heder
actor (1977)

Sasha Cohen
figure skater (1984)

October 26 in History


The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.


The Erie Canal, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River, opened.


Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, and Doc Holliday were involved in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.


Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States.


South Korean president Park Chung Hee was killed by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency.


Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty in a ceremony attended by President Clinton.


Russian government forces stormed the Moscow theater held by Chechen rebels. More than 100 hostages were killed.


The Chicago White Sox sweep the Houston Astros to win their first World Series in 88 years.

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