October 26th

The Chicago White Sox sweep the Houston Astros to win their first World Series in 88 years.
2005 Chicago White Sox season
Russian government forces stormed the Moscow theater held by Chechen rebels. More than 100 hostages were killed.
Moscow theater hostage crisis
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, Title III
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
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
South Korean president Park Chung Hee was killed by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency.
Park Chung-hee
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
Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States.
Anwar Sadat
Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island).
Timeline of European exploration
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)
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
International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields - beginning of the Red Cross.
International Committee of the Red Cross
Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months.
Pony Express
The Erie Canal, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River, opened.
Erie Canal
The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
Continental Congress
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