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October 26th, 2003 (October 26 2003)EventThe Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km?), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.
October 26th, 2002 (October 26 2002)EventMoscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before.
October 26th, 2001 (October 26 2001)EventThe United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
October 26th, 2000 (October 26 2000)EventLaurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Cote d Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guei. Bret Hart retires.
October 26th, 1999 (October 26 1999)EventBritain s House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain s upper chamber of Parliament.
October 26th, 1995 (October 26 1995)EventIsraeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
October 26th, 1994 (October 26 1994)EventJordan and Israel sign a peace treaty.
October 26th, 1994 (October 26 1994)EventAnnouncement that Andrew Wiles correctly proved Fermat s last theorem.Andrew Wiles Quotes
October 26th, 1992 (October 26 1992)EventThe command and control system of the London Ambulance Service fails catastrophically.
October 26th, 1992 (October 26 1992)EventThe Charlottetown Accord fails to win majority support in a Canada wide referendum.
October 26th, 1984 (October 26 1984)Event"Baby Fae" receives a heart transplant from a baboon.
October 26th, 1979 (October 26 1979)EventPark Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.
October 26th, 1978 (October 26 1978)EventIndependent Counsel Act is signed into law.
October 26th, 1977 (October 26 1977)EventThe last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.
October 26th, 1965 (October 26 1965)EventThe Beatles are appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs).
October 26th, 1964 (October 26 1964)EventEric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
October 26th, 1958 (October 26 1958)EventPan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France.
October 26th, 1955 (October 26 1955)EventAfter the last Allied troops have left the country and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declares permanent neutrality.
October 26th, 1955 (October 26 1955)EventNgo Dinh Di?m declares himself Premier of South Vietnam.
October 26th, 1954 (October 26 1954)EventTrieste return to Italy.
October 26th, 1951 (October 26 1951)EventBoxer Joe Louis comes out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano. However, Marciano would win the fight in eight rounds.Joe Louis Quotes
October 26th, 1948 (October 26 1948)EventKiller smog settles into Donora, Pennsylvania.
October 26th, 1947 (October 26 1947)EventThe Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India.
October 26th, 1947 (October 26 1947)EventThe British Military Occupation ends in Iraq.
October 26th, 1944 (October 26 1944)EventWorld War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ends.
October 26th, 1943 (October 26 1943)EventWorld War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".
October 26th, 1942 (October 26 1942)EventWorld War II: In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands during the Guadalcanal Campaign, one U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, was sunk and another aircraft carrier, Enterprise, is heavily damaged.
October 26th, 1940 (October 26 1940)EventThe P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
October 26th, 1936 (October 26 1936)EventThe first electric generator at Hoover Dam went into full operation.
October 26th, 1918 (October 26 1918)EventErich Ludendorff, quartermaster-general of the Imperial German Army, is dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany for refusing to cooperate in peace negotiations.Erich Ludendorff Quotes
October 26th, 1917 (October 26 1917)EventWorld War I: Battle of Caporetto; Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat at the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany.
October 26th, 1917 (October 26 1917)EventWorld War I:Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers.
October 26th, 1912 (October 26 1912)EventFirst Balkan War: The city of Thessaloniki is unified with Greece on the feast day of its patron Saint Demetrius. On the same day the Serbian troops captured Skopje.
October 26th, 1905 (October 26 1905)EventNorway becomes independent from Sweden.
October 26th, 1881 (October 26 1881)EventThe Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona.
October 26th, 1863 (October 26 1863)EventThe Football Association is formed.
October 26th, 1861 (October 26 1861)EventThe Pony Express officially ceased operations.
October 26th, 1860 (October 26 1860)EventMeeting of Teano. Giuseppe Garibaldi, conqueror of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, gives it to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.
October 26th, 1859 (October 26 1859)EventThe Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead.
October 26th, 1825 (October 26 1825)EventThe Erie Canal openspassage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie.
October 26th, 1795 (October 26 1795)EventThe French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created.
October 26th, 1776 (October 26 1776)EventBenjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.Benjamin Franklin Quotes
October 26th, 1774 (October 26 1774)EventThe first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
October 26th, 1640 (October 26 1640)EventThe Treaty of Ripon is signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England.
October 26th, 0740 (October 26 0740)EventAn earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing much damage and death.

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