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10/26/2014
Famous Birthdays
Reference:
 Encyclopaedia Britannica

*1947Hillary Rodham Clinton, born this day in 1947, served as American first lady during the presidency of Bill Clinton and became the first first lady to win elective office when she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000. 
*1916François Mitterrand, who served two terms (1981–95) as president of France and was the country's first socialist to hold the office, was born. 
2002Russian authorities pumped a gas into a theater where separatist rebels held over 800 hostages. The gas killed 116 hostages and all 50 hostage-takers were killed by the gas or gunshot wounds. 
2001It was announced that Fort Worth's Lockheed Martin won a defense contract for $200 billion over 40 years. The contract, for the "joint strike fighter," was the largest defense contract in history.  
1998A French lab found a nerve agent on an Iraqi missile warhead.  
1996Federal prosecutors cleared Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic park bombing.  
1995Alec Baldwin got into a fight with a paparazzi in front of his home when he and his wife Kim Bassinger were bringing their first baby home from the hospital.  
1995Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored his 500th National Hockey League (NHL) career goal against the New York Islanders in his 605th game. He became the second-fastest player to attain the plateau. Wayne Gretzky had reached 600 goals by his 575th NHL game.  
1994Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty.  
1993Deborah Gore Dean was convicted of 12 felony counts of defrauding the U.S. government and lying to the U.S. Congress. Dean was a central figure in the Reagan-era HUD scandal.  
1992General Motors Corp. Chairman Robert Stempel resigned after the company recorded its highest losses in history.  
1992In Canada, voters rejected the Charlottetown accord, which was designed to unify the country.  
1991Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry arrived at a federal correctional institution in Petersburg, VA, to begin serving a six-month sentence for cocaine possession.  
1990The U.S. State Department issued a warning that terrorists could be planning an attack on a passenger ship or aircraft.  
1990Wayne Gretzky became the first NHL player to reach 2,000 points.  
1990William S. Paley died at the age of 89. He was the founder of CBS Inc.  
1988Roussel Uclaf, a French pharmaceutical company, announced it was halting the worldwide distribution of RU-486. The pill is used to induce abortions. The French government made the company reverse itself two days later.  
1988Two whales were freed by Soviet and American icebreakers. The whales had been trapped for nearly 3 weeks in an Arctic ice pack.  
1985Approximately 110,000 people marched past the U.S. and Soviet embassies in London to pressure the two countries to end their arms race.  
1984"Baby Fae" was given the heart of baboon after being born with a severe heart defect. She lived for 21 days with the animal heart.  
1980Israeli President Yitzhak Navon became the first Israeli head of state to visit Egypt.  
1979Park Chung Hee assassinated. On this day in 1979, South Korean President Park Chung Hee was assassinated by his lifelong friend Kim Jae Kyu, the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, who was sentenced to death for his actions. 
1977The experimental space shuttle Enterprise successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.  
1975Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to officially visit to the United States.  
1972U.S. National security adviser Henry Kissinger declared, "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam.  
1970"Doonesbury," the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S.  
1967The Shah of Iran crowned himself and his Queen after 26 years on the Peacock Throne.  
1962The Soviet Union made an offer to end the Cuban Missile Crisis by taking their missile bases out of Cuba if the U.S. agreed to not invade Cuba and would remove Jupiter missiles in Turkey.  
1958Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.  
1957The Soviet Union announced that defense minister Marchal Georgi Zhukov had been relieved of his duties.  
1955New York City's "The Village Voice" was first published.  
1955 A constitutional law of perpetual neutrality in Austria was promulgated.  
1951Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain.  
1949U.S. President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.  
1944During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf ended. The battle was won by American forces and brought the end of the Pacific phase of World War II into sight.  
1942The U.S. ship Hornet was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz during World War II.  
1918Prussian General Erich Ludendorff was forced to resign by Emperor William II on Prince Maximilian's advice, in an effort to establish an armistice agreement. 
1914Jackie Coogan was born. He became the first child to appear in a full-length movie, "The Kid."  
1905Norway gained independence from Sweden.  
1905The St. Petersburg soviet (workers' council) was formed during the Russian Revolution of 1905. 
1881The "Gunfight at the OK Corral" took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang.  
1858H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine.  
1854Charles William Post was born. He was the inventor of "Grape Nuts," "Postum" and "Post Toasties."  
1825The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York. The 363-mile canal connected Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost of $7,602,000.  
1813British and U.S. troops clashed in the Battle of Châteauguay during the War of 1812. 
1795The National Convention, the assembly that governed France during a pivotal period of the Revolution, was dispersed. 
1774The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.  
Asterisks (*) denotes birthday

Famous Birthdays
1994 - Alexandria (Allie) DeberryActress
1977 - Jon Heder
1962 - Cary Elwes
1954 - Lauren Tewes
1947 - Hillary Rodham Clinton
1947 - Pat Sajak
1947 - Jaclyn Smith
1942 - Bob Hoskins
1914 - Jackie Coogan
1911 - Mahalia Jackson

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