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OCTOBER 26

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Austria: National Day
(Commemorates treaty restoring national sovereignty following WWII: 10/26/1955)
Austria World War II U.S. Department of State Virtual Vienna Community Net
1759 Georges Jacques Danton (French Revolutionary) French Political & Social Leaders French Revolution
1916 François Mitterrand (President of France: 1981-95) France
1919 Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (Shah of Iran: 1941-79) Iran
Edward Brooke (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Senator from Massachusetts) Washington D.C. Political and Social Leaders Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities African American Registry
1947 Hillary Rodham Clinton (Chicago-born U.S. Senator from New York, Wife of U.S. President Bill Clinton) Chicago Political and Social Leaders New York Political and Social Leaders Hillary Rodham Clinton Bill Clinton U.S. Congress
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1676 Nathaniel Bacon (English-American Leader of Colonial Virginia and of the 1676 Bacon's Rebellion) English  Political & Social Leaders Virginia Political & Social Leaders Colonial Virginia Virginia Historical Society
1819 Thomas Johnson (Maryland-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Maryland Political & Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1909 Alfred P. Swineford (Second Governor of the District of Alaska: 1885-1889) Alaska Political and Social Leaders
1979 Park Chung-hee (President of South Korea, Assassination) South Korea
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1749 Georgia Delegates Recommend the Immediate Introduction of Slavery into the Colony Georgia Colony Slavery African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1765 Georgia Sons of Liberty Protest the Stamp Act by Burning Effigies of British Officials Colonial Georgia The Stamp Act University of Georgia
1774 The First Continental Congress Adjourns in Philadelphia Pennsylvania First Continental Congress New York Times
1785 First Mule in the U.S. Is a Present from Charles III of Spain to George Washington Spain George Washington Mules Historic Firsts The Erie Canal Museum
1825 New York Governor DeWitt Clinton Officially Opens the Erie Canal Erie Canal The Library of Congress
1846 Ansel Briggs Is Elected As the First Governor of the State of Iowa Iowa Elections Historic Firsts Iowa GenWeb
1863 Jean Henri Dunant Convenes First Meeting of the International Red Cross Jean Henri Dunant Health Care International Red Cross
1865 Constitutional Convention Milledgeville Repeals Georgia's Ordinance of Secession Georgia American Civil War University of Georgia
1917 Lenin and Trotsky Take Control of the Russian Government Russian Revolution Soviet Union Spartacus
1942 Japanese Air Attack Damages U.S.S. Hornet, Crew Abandons Ship World War II Aviation History Naval History History Channel
1952 Winston Churchill Narrowly Elected Prime Minister of England English Political and Social Leaders Winston Churchill BBC
1955 Ngo Dinh Diem Declares Himself Premier of Republic of Vietnam Vietnam History Channel
1956 Fighting Spreads in the Hungarian Revolution Hungarian Revolution Soviet Union BBC
1962 At the U.N., U.S. Publicly Accuses Soviets of Placing Missiles in Cuba United Nations Soviet Union Cuba Cuban Missile Crisis New York Times
1966 41 Die in Fire Aboard U.S.S. Oriskany in the Gulf of Tonkin Vietnam Naval History Fire Death History Channel
1972 Nixon Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, Declares Peace Is At Hand in Vietnam Richard Nixon Henry Kissinger Vietnam War New York Times
1975 Anwar Sadat First Egyptian President to Officially Visit the United States Anwar Sadat Historic Firsts New York Times
1979 Head of Intelligence Agency Assassinates Korean President Park Chung-hee Korea Death BBC
1994 Israel and Jordan Sign Peace Treaty Israel Jordan New York Times BBC
2001 U.S. Supreme Court Building Closes for Anthrax Testing U.S. Supreme Court Disease Terrorism New York Times

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