October 26: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

In the Gregorian calendar, October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years); there are 66 days left till the end of the year.


(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)

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