October 26 in history


On October 26:

1825 The Erie Canal opened a passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie.

1865 Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman, was born.


1881 The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place at Tombstone, Arizona.

1883 Napoleon Hill, American Writer and Philosopher, author of Think and Grow Rich, was born.

1905 Norway became independent from Sweden.

1916 French President François Mitterrand was born.

1942 The Women Jurors’ Act allowed women to sit on juries in New Zealand.

1947 Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th United States Secretary of State was born.

Formal pose of middle-aged white woman with shortish blonde hair wearing dark blue jacket over orange top with American flag in background

1965 The Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs).

Four greyscale images of young men with "mop-top" haircuts, separated by a white border. John Lennon (top left) is looking towards the left of the frame (his right), with exposed teeth. Paul McCartney (top right) is facing forward with an opened mouth. George Harrison (bottom left) has his right arm raised and his tongue stuck out slightly as if licking his lips. Ringo Starr's teeth are visible, and his left eye is closed as if winking. All four are dressed in white shirts, black ties, and dark coats.
The Beatles in 1964. Clockwise (from top-left): John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison

1977 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.

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

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Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

October 16 in history


On October 16:

1758  Noah Webster, US lexicographer, was born.

1841 Queen’s University was founded in Kingston, Ontario Canada.

1854 Irish writer Oscar Wilde was born.

Photograph taken in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony

1869 – Girton College, Cambridge was founded, England’s first residential college for women.

Girton College heraldic shield
“Better is wisdom than weapons of war”

1875  Brigham Young University was founded in Provo, Utah.

1886 Israel’s first Prime Minister, – David Ben-Gurion, was born,

1890 Irish patriot  Michael Collins was born.

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1903 French storyteller and co-crator of Babar, Cecile de Brunhoff, was born.

1916  Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood by opening the first U.S. birth control clinic.

1922 English singer and song writer Max Bygraves was born.

1923 – The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy.

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1925 English actress Angela Lansbury was born.

1936 Jean Batten landed in New Zealand at the end of the first flight from Britian.

 1936 English actor Peter Bowles was born.

1945 The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in Quebec City.

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1975  Rahima Banu, a 2-year old girl from the village of Kuralia in Bangladesh, was the last known person to be infected with naturally occurring smallpox.

1995 The Skye Bridge was opened.

Skye Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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