26th October

Born on this Day 26th October
1609 William Sprague
1879 Leon Trotsky
1914 Jackie Coogan
1925 Paul Daneman
1916 Francois Mitterrand
1942 Bob Hoskins
1947 Hilary Clinton
1947 Jaclyn Smith
1952 Andrew Motion
1962 Cary Elwes
1971 Audley Harrison
1971 Ronnie Irani
1973 Austin Healey
1978 Jimmy Aggrey
1980 Claire Cooper
1982 Nicola Adams
1986 Emilia Clarke
1996 Rebecca Tunney

Died On This Day
899 Alfred the Great
1952 Hattie McDaniel
1993 Vincent Price


1957 The Crickets reached No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day’.

1963 Brian Poole and the Tremeloes began their 3rd week at No.1 with ‘Do You Love Me’.

1966 Jim Reeves was spending his 5th week at No.1 with ‘Distant Drums’.

1974 Ken Boothe reached the top spot with ‘Everything I Own’ a No.1 hit for Boy George 13 years later in 1987.


1863 The English Football Association was formed in London.

1991 England beat Scotland 9-6 at Murrayfield to go through to the final of the Rugby World Cup.

1997 Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve became world Formula 1 Champion with a 2nd place in Spain after Michael Schumacher appeared to deliberately ram Villeneuve from the rack when his own car began to suffer from engine problems. Schumacher went off and Villeneuve made it to the finish line.

People & Showbiz

1950 The first sound and vision broadcast from the Houseof Commons was broadcast, showing George VI reopening the chamber after repair work carried out on damage sustained during the war.

1965 The Queen awarded the Beatles their MBE medals at Buckingham Palace.

1989 The Globe Theatre opened for the first time in 350 years.

General Events

740 An earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing much damage and many deaths.

1640 The Treaty of Ripon is signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England.

1775 King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution.

1881 The gunfight at the OK Corral took place in Tombstone, Arizona.

1912 The Woolwich Tunnel under the Thames was opened.

1918 While the Great War approached the end in Europe, a flu epidemic claimed 2,225 lives in 1 week.

1951 Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain

1980 60,000 protestors thronged the streets in London in Britain’s biggest anti-nuclear demonstration for 20 years.

1989 Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson resigned over a rift with Prime Minister Thatcher’s Alan Walters, to be replaced by John Major.

1992 90 of the 140 staff at Windsor Safari Parkwere made redundant after it closed because of financial difficulties. The remaining staff would continue to look after the animals while the receivers tried to sell the park.

1999 Britain’s House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament.

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