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On This Day — October 26th

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October 26th is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 66 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).

Historical Events:

1774 – The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia.

1775 – King George III of Great Britain goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorizes a military response to quell the American Revolution.

1861 – The Pony Express officially ceases operations.

1881 – The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona.

1936 – The first electric generator at Hoover Dam goes into full operation.

2002 – Moscow theater hostage crisis: Approximately 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the terrorists during a musical performance three days before.

2016 – An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 strikes central Italy.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Game of Thrones Actress Emilia Clarke turns 31

Former First Lady of the United States Hillary Clinton turns 70

Singer Keith Urban turns 50

Family Guy Star Seth MacFarlane turns 44

Mixed Martial Artist CM Punk turns 39

Charlie’s Angels Actress Jaclyn Smith turns 72

Happy Birthday to all October 26th babies!

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