Today In History - Sunday, October 26th
The Chicago White Sox won the World Series defeating the Houston Astros 1-0. Jermaine Dye was named MVP of the series.
The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.
Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the terrorists during a musical performance three days before.
The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï. Bret Hart retires.
Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty
The Charlottetown Accord fails to win majority support in a Canada wide referendum.
The London Ambulance Service was thrown into chaos after the implementation of a new CAD, or Computer Aided Despatch, system which failed.
"Baby Fae" receives a heart transplant from a baboon.
Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.
Independent Counsel Act is signed into law.
The last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself Emperor of Iran and then crowns his wife Farah Empress of Iran.
The Beatles are appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs).
Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
The world sees the far side of the Moon for the first time.
Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France.
After the last Allied troops have left the country and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declares permanent neutrality.
Ngô Đình Diệm declares himself Premier of South Vietnam.
Trieste return to Italy.
Boxer Joe Louis comes out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano. However, Marciano would win the fight in eight rounds.
Killer smog settles into Donora, Pennsylvania.
The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India.
World War II: The Battle of Leyte Gulf ends.
World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".
World War II: In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands during the Guadalcanal Campaign, one U.S. aircraft carrier, ''Hornet'', was sunk and another aircraft carrier, ''Enterprise'', is heavily damaged.
The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
The first electric generator at Hoover Dam went into full operation.
Erich Ludendorff, quartermaster-general of the Imperial German Army, is dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany for refusing to cooperate in peace negotiations.
World War I: Battle of Caporetto; Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat at the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany.
World War I:Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers.
First Balkan War: The capital city of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, is unified with Greece on the feast day of its patron Saint Demetrius. On the same day, Serbian troops captured Skopje.
Norway becomes independent from Sweden.
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona.
The Football Association is formed.
The Pony Express officially ceased operations.
Meeting of Teano. Giuseppe Garibaldi, conqueror of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, gives it to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.
The Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead.
The Erie Canal opens - passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie.
The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created.
Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.
King George III went before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution.
The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
General Piccolomini of Austria burned down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera himself soon after.
The Treaty of Ripon is signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England.
An earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing much damage and many deaths.
Martyrdom of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki