On this day
Hamilton Smith got an important patent.
In 1858, Hamilton Smith gained the patent for a rotary washing machine over in Pittsburgh, US. His invention, although it has been adapted many times since, basically sits in most homes today!
The Gunfight at OK Corral took place.
In 1884, the most infamous shootout in the Wild West took place between lawmen, including the world-famous Wyatt Earp. Billy Clanton and the McLaury brothers were killed during the shootout.
Margaret Sanger was arrested.
In 1916, American sex educator Margaret Sanger was arrested for obscenity. She was advocating birth control – and while we live in more enlightened times in some ways, there are still some laws that restrict women’s bodies that are worth raising awareness about.
Special Days Falling on October 26thOctober 26th is just as much about the celebrations and commemorations as it is about its history. Here are some of the most important events taking place around the world today.
For the people of India, October 26th is always Accession Day. The day commemorates the anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh ceremoniously signing what’s known as the Instrument of Accession with the Government of India. With the signing of the document, Jammu and Kashmir was made a member of the Dominion of India.
Austrian National Day
Austrian National Day is celebrated every year on October 26th. On this very day, Austria adopted the Federal Constitutional Law on the Neutrality of Austria. That is to say that it is the day Austria stated its neutrality and declared it would not be involved in any military alliances and wouldn’t allow any military bases to be established on its land. This day is also celebrated as the Day of the Austrian Flag!