October 26: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on October 26 throughout history. The 299th day of the Gregorian calendar is October 26th. On this day, Jordan and Israel signed a peace deal; Pan American Airways flew the first commercial flight from New York City to Paris; and Mohammed Ali returned to boxing after a break due to his refusal to participate in the United States military draught.

The 26th of October falls under the sign of Scorpio. Hillary Clinton and journalist Katy Tur both have birthdays on October 26th. National Pumpkin Day and National Chicken Fried Steak Day are both celebrated today.


(October 26, 1825)
The Erie Canal, which connects the Great Lakes to New York City through the Hudson River at Albany, formally opened after eight years of construction; its success propelled New York City into a major economic centre and stimulated canal building across the United States. photo source:


(October 26, 1958)
Pan American World Airways took delivery of America's first jet aeroplane, the Boeing 707. Pan American Airways flew the Boeing 707 on the first voyage from New York City to Paris. photo source:

(October 26, 1959)
The first photos of the far side of the moon are seen on Earth when the Lunik III, a Soviet satellite, transmits radio signals back to Earth. photo source:

(October 26, 1979)
President Park Chung Hee of South Korea was assassinated on this day in 1979 by Kim Jae Kyu, the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, who was sentenced to death for his activities. photo source:

(October 26, 1984)
In the United States, the action thriller The Terminator was released; it was a major hit, making actor Arnold Schwarzenegger a star and establishing director James Cameron as a bankable filmmaker. photo source:


(October 26, 2001)
The Patriot Act Anti-Terrorism Bill was signed into law by US President George W. Bush, providing federal authorities the power to listen in on phone and internet communications, as well as the right to surreptitiously search homes and businesses. photo source:

(Died on October 26, 2017)
Ali Ashraf Darvishian, Iranian novelist, short story writer and academic. (b. 1941)

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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