Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/October 26

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This is a list of selected October 26 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only five to six events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled October 26, 2019 featured article or the October 26, 2019 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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National Day in Austria (1955) accuracy disputed
Angam Day in Nauru; unreferenced
; Feast day of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki unreferenced section
1708 – The final stone of St Paul's Cathedral, rebuilt after the original burned down in the 1666 Great Fire of London, was laid by the son of its architect, Christopher Wren. expansion, refimprove section
1825 – The Erie Canal, connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and providing a shortcut to the Atlantic Ocean through New York, was opened. unreferenced sections
1859 – The passenger ship Royal Charter, en route from Australia to England, was wrecked on the east coast of Anglesey, Wales, killing at least 459 people. refimprove
1860 – Having defeated the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Italian military figure Giuseppe Garibaldi shook King of Sardinia Victor Emmanuel's hand in Teano and hailed him as King of Italy. refimprove sections, expansion
1863The Football Association, one of the oldest governing bodies in association football, was founded at a pub in London's Great Queen Street. unreferenced section
1937Second Sino-Japanese War: Xie Jinyuan and National Revolutionary Army soldiers began the Defense of Sihang Warehouse against waves of Japanese attackers during the Battle of Shanghai. refimprove
1940 – The North American P-51 Mustang, one of the most effective fighter aircraft for the Allies during World War II, made its first flight. unreferenced section
1944World War II: In one of the largest naval battles in modern history, Allied forces defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the seas surrounding the Philippine island of Leyte. unreferenced section, refimprove section
1947Maharaja Hari Singh, ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, executed the Instrument of Accession to accede the princely state to the newly created India. refimprove section
1964 – Australian serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke was executed, the last person to be hanged in the state of Western Australia. refimprove
1979 – President of South Korea Park Chung-hee was assassinated by the director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency and a long-time friend, Kim Jae-gyu. Park: refimprove sections; Assassination: multiple issues
1985 – The Australian government returned ownership of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, to the local Pitjantjatjara people. refimprove section
2002 – Approximately 40 Chechen rebels and 130 hostages died when Russian forces stormed a theater building in Moscow to end a four-day hostage siege. already featured on October 23
Masaharu Iwata (b. 1966) refimprove section



October 26

Chicago Theatre
Chicago Theatre

John Basset (b. 1518) · William T. Anderson (d. 1864) · Oro (d. 1993)

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