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1492Columbus' fleet anchors on Ragged Island Range, Bahamas

1682William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York

1776Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.

1881Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Az

1916Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)

1922Italian government resigns under pressure from fascists & Benito Mussolini

1927Duke Ellington sings "Creole Love Song"

1949US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents

1950Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India

1951Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

1951Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister

1962JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba

1962Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey: offer is rejected

1968George Foreman wins gold for USA at Mexico Olympic games (Heavyweight boxing)

1972Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam

1978Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

1985Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

1986"Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances

1988Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service

2000NY Yankees defeat NY Mets 4-1 to win their 3rd straight World Series championship, MVP: Derek Jeter, NY Yankees

On This Day In History
Date Event
Oct 26, 740
An earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing much damage and death. 
Oct 26, 1366
Comet 55P/1366 U1 (Tempel-Tuttle) approaches 0.0229 AUs of Earth 
Oct 26, 1387
Amsterdam buccaneer Herman of Kuinre sign peace 
Oct 26, 1407
Mobs attack Jewish community of Kraków 
Oct 26, 1492
Columbus' fleet anchors on Ragged Island Range, Bahamas 
Oct 26, 1492
Lead pencils first used 
Oct 26, 1524
Spanish troops give Milan to France 
Oct 26, 1529
Sir Thomas More appointed Lord Chancellor of England 
Oct 26, 1534
Charles V names Joris of Egmont, bishop of Utrecht 
Oct 26, 1667
Aru Palakka's occupies Makassar (Goa) 
Oct 26, 1674
Prince Willem III occupies Grave 
Oct 26, 1682
William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York 
Oct 26, 1749
Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal 
Oct 26, 1774
First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia 
Oct 26, 1774
Minute Men organized in colonies 
Oct 26, 1776
Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution. 
Oct 26, 1787
"Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution 
Oct 26, 1795
Pinckney's Treaty between Spain & US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US & giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi 
Oct 26, 1795
The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created. 
Oct 26, 1810
US annexes western Florida 
Oct 26, 1822
King Willem I requires inhabitants of Brussels to use Dutch language 
Oct 26, 1825
Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opened 
Oct 26, 1830
Belgian rebels occupy Antwerp 
Oct 26, 1858
Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine 
Oct 26, 1859
The Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead. 
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