Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/October 26
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.
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|; Feast day of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki||refimprove|
|1813 – War of 1812: A force consisting of about 1,630 French Canadian regulars and militia and Mohawk warriors under Charles de Salaberry repulsed an American force of about 4,000 attempting to invade Canada.||refimprove|
|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.||expansion|
|1863 – The Football Association, one of the oldest governing bodies in association football, was founded at a pub in London's Great Queen Street.||unreferenced section|
|1937 – Second 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|
|1964 – Australian serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke was executed, the last person to be hanged in the state of Western Australia.||refimprove|
|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|
- 1341 – The Byzantine army proclaimed chief minister John VI Kantakouzenos emperor, triggering a civil war between his supporters and those of John V Palaiologos, the heir to the throne.
- 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.
- 1921 – The Chicago Theatre, which is the oldest surviving Neo-Baroque French-revival grand movie palace, opened.
- 1942 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy won a Pyrrhic victory in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
- 1947 – Maharaja Hari Singh, ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, executed the Instrument of Accession to accede the princely state to the newly created India.
- 1955 – Ngo Dinh Diem proclaimed himself president of the newly created Republic of Vietnam after defeating former Emperor Bao Dai in a fraudulent referendum supervised by his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu.
- 1977 – Somalian hospital cook Ali Maow Maalin began displaying symptoms in the last known case of naturally occurring smallpox.
- 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.
- 1985 – The Australian government returned ownership of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, to the local Pitjantjatjara people.
- 2000 – Laurent Gbagbo became the first President of Côte d'Ivoire since Robert Guéï was thrown out of power during the 1999 Ivorian coup d'état.
- 2001 – US President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law, significantly expanding the authority of US law enforcement agencies in fighting terrorism in the United States and elsewhere.
- 1597 – Twelve Korean ships commanded by Admiral Yi Sun-sin defeated a large Japanese invasion fleet of at least 120 at the Battle of Myeongnyang in the Myeongnyang Strait.
- 1881 – The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, one of the most famous gunfights in the history of the American Old West, took place in Tombstone, Arizona, between Ike Clanton's gang and lawmen led by Wyatt Earp (pictured).
- 1944 – World 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.
- 1994 – Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty settling relations between the two countries and pledging that neither would allow its territory to become a staging ground for military strikes by a third country.