What happened This day in History on October 26th

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Space 1959 Space Moon Photos 26th October, 1959 : The first photographs are seen on earth of the far side of the moon when the Lunik III, a Soviet satellite which are sent back to earth via radio signals.

U.S. 2001 U.S.A. Patriot Act Oct. 26th, 2001 : US President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act Anti-Terrorism Bill into law, giving federal authorities the power to eavesdrop on telephone and computer conversations, as well as the right to secretly search home and business records.

U.S. 1933 U.S.A. Graf Zeppelin Oct. 26th, 1933 : The giant passenger carrying Dirigible Graf Zeppelin stopped off today for a brief visit at Chicago so the commander Dr Hugo Heckner could attend the World Fair . A large ground crew consisting of 250 regular soldiers took the giant 776 ft airliner in tow prior to it taking off again on it's trip to Milwaukee and back to Akron. Trips like this are nothing to this giant of the air which has now circled the world.

U.S. 1944 U.S.A. Ku Klux Klan Oct. 26th, 1944 : While campaigning as the Democratic vice presidential nominee has told reporters he never was, am not and never will be a member of the Ku Klux Klan .

UK 1951 UK Winston Churchill Elected 26th October, 1951 : The conservative party led by Winston Churchill has won the latest general election in Britain defeating the Labour party led by Clement Attlee.
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Hungary 1956 Hungary October Revolution Oct. 26th, 1956 : The Hungarian October Revolution is now in it's third day with demonstrators fighting in the streets of Budapest with Soviet Troops. Estimates range from 3,000 to 5,000 dead and many lying in the streets where they have fallen. They are protesting for economic reforms and the withdrawal of Soviet troops and tanks. The new Prime Minister is appealing for calm.

UK 1965 England The Beatles Oct. 26th, 1965 : The Beatles were made members of the Order of the British Empire ( OBE ) by the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
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U.S. 1967 U.S.A. John McCain 26th October, 1967 : The Presidential Candidate John McCain a US Navy pilot in the Vietnam war is shot down over North Vietnam and spends the next 5 1/2 years in prison, two of those years were spent in solitary confinement.
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South Korea 1979 South Korea President Shot Oct. 26th, 1979 : The President of South Korea, Park Chung Hee and five others including the president's bodyguard are shot dead by the chief of his intelligence service, Kim Jea Kyu.

U.S. 1980 U.S.A. Oil Embargo Oct. 26th, 1980 : After the oil embargo in 1973 the Japanese car makers were selling a greater number of cars each year and 1980 was a watershed for the American Car industry with GM posting record pre-tax losses for the quarter of $953 million, shortly after this Ford posted even worse figures. In some ways this was a wake up call to both these US car giants who realized to compete with the Japanese they would need to make major changes.

U.S. 1984 U.S.A. Baby Fae Oct. 26th, 1984 : Surgeons gave a 14-day-old girl, referred to as 'Baby Fae', the heart of a young baboon, she did only survive for 20 days after the operation but this was still considered a breakthrough in heart transplants.

U.S. 1994 U.S.A. Israel Jordan Peace Treaty 26th October, 1994: Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty to end 46 years of war. The treaty was signed by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan and the ceremony was attended by President Clinton.

Honduras 1998 Honduras Hurricane Oct. 26th, 1998 : Hurricane Mitch the most deadly storm in modern times hits a number of Central American countries including Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua leaving a trail of destruction and death in the area caused from a combination of very heavy winds and rain causing flooding and huge landslides. The death toll at the end of the storm was over 3,000 with tens of thousands left homeless

UK 1999 UK House of Lords Act 1999 Oct. 26th, 1999 : As part of Tony Blair's reform of the House of Lords the House of Lords Act 1999 ends the right of hereditary peers to vote in the Lords. The bill stated that "No-one shall be a member of the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage." Membership of the House of Lords was once a right of birth to hereditary peers and included several hundred members who inherited their seats.

UK 2000 UK Mad Cow Disease Oct. 26th, 2000 : A report on BSE ( Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy ) commonly called Mad Cow Disease places the blame on many organisations and politicians for the spread and growth of BSE and it's human form vCJD ( Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease ).
1. The danger to the public was not identified quickly enough
2. The Government did not inform the public quick enough
3. Recycling of animal protein in ruminant feed was the main cause of the spread of the disease and should have been identified much earlier.
4. Ministers were more concerned with damage caused by panic to the beef industry than the health of it's citizens.
There were 3,253 cases of BSE identified and 18 human deaths from vCJD.
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U.S. 2001 U.S.A. USA PATRIOT Act 26th October, 2001 : President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act which expands the authority of U.S. law enforcement agencies for the stated purpose of fighting terrorism in the United States and abroad. by giving them additional ability to search, seize, or eavesdrop telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial and other records in their pursuit of possible terrorists.

Russia 2002 Soviet Union 120 Hostages Killed Oct. 26th, 2002 : Russian Special Forces storm a theatre where 50 chechnyn rebels have held 7,000 hostages for three days, during the raid most of the terrorists and 120 hostages are killed .

U.S. 2003 U.S.A. California Fire Oct. 26th, 2003 : The "Cedar Fire" was one of 15 fires throughout Southern California in October. The fire driven by the Santa Ana Winds burned 280,278 acres and 2,232 homes and killed 15 people during the following week making it the largest fire in recorded California history up to then. The worst of the fire was on this day in history 26th October when 12 people were killed. During the same period over 12 other major wildfires were burning around Southern California including the "Old Fire" which caused the loss of 6 lives. Both the "Old Fire" and "Cedar Fire" were caused by man and not nature.
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India 2006 India New Domestic Violence Laws Passed Oct. 26th, 2006 : India passed a law aimed at protecting women from domestic violence. The law aims to stop physical violence related to dowries and violence committed against women from partners, husbands, and in-laws.

Egypt 2008 Egypt Wife Swapping Couple Arrested 26th October, 2008 : Egyptian police arrest a senior civil servant and his wife accusing them of swapping sex partners with other couples during "swinger" parties. Extra-marital sex is illegal in the country, where the constitution says Islamic law is the main source of legislation.

Hong Kong 2011 Hong Kong Boeing Dreamliner Makes Commercial Maiden Voyage Oct. 26th, 2011 : The first commercial flight of Boeing's Dreamliner carried passengers from Tokyo to Hong Kong nearly three years after it was initially scheduled. The original first flight was scheduled for 2008, but setbacks and some problems with the Dreamliner had pushed that date further. The plane boasts better fuel efficiency than other planes as well as bigger windows and a better air system for passengers.

2012 Cuba Dissident Dies in Cuba

Oct. 26th, 2012 : Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, a man who had been a commander during the Cuban revolution and later became a dissident who had tried to stage an armed uprising against Castro, died at the age of seventy-seven.

2013 Iran Rebels Hanged in Iran

26th October, 2013 : Sixteen people identified as hostile rebels were hanged in Iran. The hangings were in retaliation for the deaths of fourteen border guards who were killed in an ambush. They were hanged at a prison and it was not made clear if these people were linked to the attacks.