October 26th

2005
The Chicago White Sox sweep the Houston Astros to win their first World Series in 88 years.
2005 World Series
2002
Russian government forces stormed the Moscow theater held by Chechen rebels. More than 100 hostages were killed.
Moscow theater hostage crisis
2001
Patriot Act Comes into Effect in the US. Signed into law by President George W. Bush as a result of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the act is formally known as Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The act gave security agencies more power to deal with terrorists and terrorist activities and made it easier for them to monitor and investigate people suspected of aiding and abetting acts of terrorism. It has been criticized for its detrimental effect on civil liberties.
Patriot Act
1994
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty in a ceremony attended by President Clinton.
Israel–Jordan peace treaty
1984
First Infant to Receive an Organ From Another Species. Born on October 14, 1984, with a rare congenital heart defect, Baby Fae received a heart from a baboon. The surgery was performed by Dr. Leonard L. Bailey at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. While the operation was successful, Baby Fae’s body rejected the heart, and she died a few weeks later.
Baby Fae
1979
South Korean president Park Chung Hee was killed by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency.
Assassination of Park Chung-hee
1977
Last natural case of smallpox discovered in Merca district, Somalia. Considered the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.
Ali Maow Maalin
1975
Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States.
Anwar Sadat
1950
Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island).
Timeline of European exploration
1947
The Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir Joins India. Hari Singh, the last ruler of the princely state, signed the Instrument of Accession to join the Dominion of India, in return for protection from the Indian military.
Jammu and Kashmir (princely state)
1881
Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, and Doc Holliday were involved in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
1863
The Football Association is Formed. The world’s oldest governing football body was created at the Freemasons' Tavern in London. The foundation was instrumental in creating and formalizing rules of the game. Before this, every area and organization playing football (soccer) made their own rules.
The Football Association
1861
Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months.
Pony Express
1825
Erie Canal opens for ships. Construction of the 363-mile long canal began in 1817. The canal which connects Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York, to the Hudson River in Albany, New York, was used to ship goods in a time when it was cheaper and more effective to transport them through the waterways. Since the 1990s, the canal had been primarily used for recreational purposes.
Erie Canal
1774
The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
Continental Congress