Today in History for 26th October 2019

Historical Events

1922 – Italian government resigns under pressure from fascists and Benito Mussolini
1962 – JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba
1964 – Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
1987 – Dow Jones down 156.83 points
2012 – Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in the Bahamas killing 2 people and causing over $300 million in damage
2015 – “Spectre”, 24th James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig premieres in London

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Famous Birthdays

1881 – Margaret Wycherly, British actress (Keeper of the Flame), born in London, England (d. 1956)
1930 – John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), born in Barnsley, England (d. 2012)
1945 – Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie’s Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
1946 – Pat Sajak, American TV host (Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
1957 – Bob Golic, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
1973 – Brian Smith, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Famous Deaths

1132 – Floris the Black, brother of earl Dirk VI of Holland, murdered
1658 – Francisco de Borja y Aragon Esquilache, Spanish poet, dies
1848 – Vissarion G Belinski, Russian literature critic, dies
1864 – “Bloody Bill” Anderson, American Civil War Pro-Confederate rebel guerrilla leader, killed by union troops at 24 or 25
1968 – Erich Von Stroheim Jr, American actor and director (Napoleon, Sunset Boulevard), dies of cancer at 52
2007 – Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)

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