On This Day In History, 26 October

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World Events Today

  • Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for the second time today in 1951
  • The Israel–Jordan Peace Treaty was signed today in 1994
  • Fathi Shaqaqi, the co-founder and Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, was assassinated outside the Diplomat Hotel in Malta today in 1995

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Football Association, the FA, the governing body of football in England, was formed today in 1863
  • All 4 members of the British rock band The Beatles, received their Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, MBE, medals, at Buckingham Palace today in 1965
  • The original science fiction movie The Terminator, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg assassin, was released today in 1984

Family Events Today

  • John Leslie Coogan, better known as the American actor Jackie Coogan, most famous for his role as Uncle Fester in the 1960s television series The Addams Family, was born today in 1914 in Los Angeles
  • The English actor Bob Hoskins, who starred in many movies, including The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, was born today in 1942 in West Suffolk
  • Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American actress to win an Oscar, died today in 1952 aged 57

Main Event Today

  • The Gunfight at the O K Corral occurred today in 1881, the outlaws Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton were killed in the 30-second shootout, which also included the lawmen Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Mincemeat Day

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