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Friday 26 October 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Engineer's Day (Tunisia)

Events

  • 2001 – The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
  • 1970 – Muhammad Ali faces off against Jerry Quarry in Atlanta, Georgia for the first time after Ali's three-year hiatus from evading to be drafted in the Vietnam War.
  • 1958 – Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France.
  • 1944 – World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with an overwhelming American victory.
  • 1943 – World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".
  • 1936 – The first electric generator at Hoover Dam goes into full operation.
  • 1912 – First Balkan War: The Ottoman occupied city of Thessaloniki, is liberated and unified with Greece on the feast day of its patron saint Demetrius. On the same day, Serbian troops captured Skopje.
  • 1813 – War of 1812: A combined force of British regulars, Canadian militia, and Mohawks defeat the Americans in the Battle of the Chateauguay.
  • 1776 – Benjamin Franklin departs from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.
  • 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.
  • 1774 – The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia.
  • 1377 – Tvrtko I is crowned the first king of Bosnia.

Births

  • 1994 – Allie DeBerry, American model and actress
  • 1989 – Dre Kirkpatrick, American football player
  • 1988 – Greg Zuerlein, American figure skater
  • 1987 – Shawn Lauvao, American football player
  • 1986 – Schoolboy Q, German-American rapper
  • 1985 – Monta Ellis, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Amanda Overmyer, American singer-songwriter
  • 1984 – Sasha Cohen, American figure skater
  • 1981 – Sam Brown, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1978 – CM Punk, American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and actor
  • 1978 – Dave Zastudil, American football player
  • 1977 – Jon Heder, American actor and producer
  • 1977 – Marisha Pessl, American author
  • 1973 – Seth MacFarlane, American voice actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Anthony Rapp, American actor and singer
  • 1971 – Jim Butcher, American author
  • 1970 – Dian Bachar, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1967 – Keith Urban, New Zealand-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Jeanne Zelasko, American journalist and sportscaster
  • 1963 – Natalie Merchant, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1963 – Ted Demme, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2002)
  • 1962 – Jack Morelli, American comic book professional and author
  • 1961 – Dylan McDermott, American actor
  • 1961 – Gerald Malloy, American lawyer and politician
  • 1959 – Paul Farmer, American anthropologist and physician
  • 1957 – Bob Golic, American football player and radio host
  • 1956 – Rita Wilson, American actress and producer
  • 1954 – D. W. Moffett, American actor and director
  • 1953 – Joe Meriweather, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1953 – Keith Strickland, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1952 – Bobby Bandiera, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1952 – David Was, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1951 – Bootsy Collins, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1951 – Julian Schnabel, American painter, director, and screenwriter
  • 1951 – Tommy Mars, American keyboard player
  • 1949 – Kevin Sullivan, American wrestler and booker
  • 1949 – Steve Rogers, American baseball player
  • 1948 – Toby Harrah, American baseball player and coach
  • 1947 – Hillary Clinton, American lawyer and politician, 67th United States Secretary of State & 44th First Lady of the United States
  • 1946 – Pat Sajak, American journalist, actor, and game show host
  • 1945 – Jaclyn Smith, American actress and producer
  • 1945 – Nancy Davis Griffeth, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1945 – Pat Conroy, American author (d. 2016)
  • 1941 – Steven Kellogg, American author and illustrator
  • 1940 – Eddie Henderson, American trumpet player and educator
  • 1936 – Shelley Morrison, American actress
  • 1935 – Gloria Conyers Hewitt, American mathematician and academic
  • 1935 – Mike Gray, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1934 – Hot Rod Hundley, American basketball player and sportscaster (d. 2015)
  • 1933 – Andrew P. O'Rourke, American judge and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Warne Marsh, American saxophonist (Supersax) (d. 1987)
  • 1922 – Madelyn Dunham, American grandmother of Barack Obama (d. 2008)
  • 1921 – Joe Fulks, American basketball player (d. 1976)
  • 1920 – Sarah Lee Lippincott, American astronomer and academic
  • 1919 – Edward Brooke, American captain and politician, 47th Massachusetts Attorney General (d. 2015)
  • 1919 – Frank Bourgholtzer, American journalist (d. 2010)
  • 1916 – Boyd Wagner, American colonel and pilot (d. 1942)
  • 1915 – Ray Crawford, American racing driver, fighter ace, test pilot, and businessman (d. 1996)
  • 1914 – Jackie Coogan, American actor and director (d. 1984)
  • 1913 – Charlie Barnet, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1991)
  • 1912 – Don Siegel, American director and producer (d. 1991)
  • 1911 – Mahalia Jackson, American singer (d. 1972)
  • 1911 – Sid Gillman, American football player and coach (d. 2003)
  • 1910 – John Krol, American cardinal (d. 1996)
  • 1902 – Henrietta Hill Swope, American astronomer and academic (d. 1980)
  • 1902 – Jack Sharkey, American boxer and referee (d. 1994)
  • 1899 – Judy Johnson, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)
  • 1884 – William Hogenson, American sprinter (d. 1965)
  • 1883 – Napoleon Hill, American philosopher and author (d. 1970)
  • 1883 – Paul Pilgrim, American runner (d. 1958)
  • 1874 – Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, American philanthropist, founded the Museum of Modern Art (d. 1948)
  • 1865 – Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman (d. 1912)
  • 1860 – Frank Eaton, American marshal and author (d. 1958)
  • 1854 – C. W. Post, American businessman, founded Post Foods (d. 1914)
  • 1803 – Joseph Hansom, English architect and publisher, designed Birmingham Town Hall (d. 1882)
  • 1794 – Konstantin Thon, Russian architect, designed the Grand Kremlin Palace and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (d. 1881)
  • 1609 – William Sprague, English-American settler, co-founded Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Leo Kadanoff, American physicist and academic (b. 1937)
  • 2015 – Willis Carto, American activist and theorist (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Gordy Soltau, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Jeff Robinson, American baseball player (b. 1961)
  • 2014 – Mo Collins, American football player and coach (b. 1976)
  • 2013 – Al Johnson, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1948)
  • 2013 – Doug Ireland, American journalist and activist (b. 1946)
  • 2012 – Alan Kirschenbaum, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1961)
  • 2012 – Arnold Greenberg, American businessman, co-founded Snapple (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – John M. Johansen American architect, designed the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre (b. 1916)
  • 2010 – Glen Little, American clown (b. 1925)
  • 2009 – George Naʻope, American singer and dancer (b. 1928)
  • 2009 – Teel Bivins, American lawyer and politician, 18th United States Ambassador to Sweden (b. 1947)
  • 2009 – Troy Smith, American businessman, founded Sonic Drive-In (b. 1922)
  • 2008 – Delmar Watson, American actor and photographer (b. 1926)
  • 2008 – Tony Hillerman, American journalist, author, and educator (b. 1925)
  • 2007 – Arthur Kornberg, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American chef and television host (b. 1943)
  • 2006 – Tillman Franks, American bassist and songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2005 – Keith Parkinson, American illustrator (b. 1958)
  • 1999 – Eknath Easwaran, Indian-American author and educator (b. 1910)
  • 1999 – Hoyt Axton, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1938)
  • 1994 – Wilbert Harrison, American singer and guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 1989 – Charles J. Pedersen, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1986 – Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
  • 1984 – Gus Mancuso, American baseball player and coach (b. 1905)
  • 1978 – Alexander Gerschenkron, Ukrainian-American historian, critic, and academic (b. 1904)
  • 1972 – Igor Sikorsky, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic, founded Sikorsky Aircraft (b. 1889)
  • 1962 – Louise Beavers, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1957 – Gerty Cori, Czech-American biochemist and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
  • 1952 – Hattie McDaniel, American actress and singer (b. 1895)
  • 1932 – Margaret Brown, American philanthropist and activist (b. 1867)
  • 1931 – Charles Comiskey, American baseball player and manager (b. 1859)
  • 1930 – Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and horse breeder (b. 1872)
  • 1902 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American activist (b. 1815)
  • 1866 – John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer, founded the Labatt Brewing Company (b. 1803)
  • 1864 – William T. Anderson, American captain (b. 1838)
  • 1675 – William Sprague, English settler, co-founded Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)
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