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26 Oct, 1959 - Space Moon Photos
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.

26 Oct, 2001 - U.S.A. Patriot Act
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.

26 Oct, 1933 - U.S.A. Graf Zeppelin
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.

26 Oct, 1944 - U.S.A. Ku Klux Klan
1944 : Harry S. Truman, 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.

26 Oct, 1951 - UK Winston Churchill Elected
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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26 Oct, 1956 - Hungary October Revolution
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.

26 Oct, 1965 - England The Beatles
October 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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26 Oct, 1967 - U.S.A. John McCain
1967 : Future US Senator and 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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26 Oct, 1979 - South Korea President Shot
October 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.

26 Oct, 1980 - U.S.A. Oil Embargo
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.

26 Oct, 1984 - U.S.A. Baby Fae
October 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.

26 Oct, 1994 - Israel Jordan Peace Treaty
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.

26 Oct, 1998 - Honduras Hurricane
October 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.

26 Oct, 1999 - UK House of Lords Act
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.

26 Oct, 2000 - UK Mad Cow Disease
October 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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26 Oct, 2001 - USA PATRIOT Act
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.

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

26 Oct, 2003 - U.S.A. California Fire
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.

26 Oct, 2006 - India New Domestic Violence Laws Passed
October 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.

26 Oct, 2008 - Egypt Wife Swapping Couple Arrested
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.

26 Oct, 2011 - Boeing Dreamliner Makes Commercial Maiden Voyage
October 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.

26 Oct, 2012 - Dissident Dies in Cuba
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.

26 Oct, 2013 - Rebels Hanged in Iran
October 26th, 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.

Born This Day In History 26th October

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Born: 26th October 1947 Chicago, Illinois
Known For : Wife of former President of the United States Bill Clinton and First lady from 1993 to 2001. She is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from New York. She ran as a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election, but was defeated by Barack Obama who became the Democratic Nominee.She was then appointed as the Secretary of State in the Obama administration. She ran again for president and lost in the 2016 election, in which she became the first female nominee for one of the two major political parties.

Keith Urban
Born: 26th October 1967 Whangarei, New Zealand
Known For : Australian Grammy- and ARIA-winning country music singer, songwriter and guitarist with a string of number 1 hits on the US and Canadian Country Music Charts including Better Life, Making Memories of Us, Days Go By and But for the Grace of God. Some of his country music singles have also had success on the US Pop 100 reaching the top 50.