October 26

This Day in History

1979

Record Bluefin Tuna Caught

On this day in 1979, a fisherman named Ken Fraser caught a record-breaking Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) while fishing in Aulds Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada, an area famous for its huge fish. … (more...)

1944

Battle of Leyte Gulf Ends

After four days of furious fighting, the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest air-naval battle in history, ends with a decisive American victory over the Japanese. With the U.S. liberation … (more...)

1878

Murder in the Bush – The Shootings at Stringybark Creek

The infamous Stringybark Creek incident, in which 3 police officers were shot dead on 26th October 1878, sounded the death knell for Ned Kelly and his gang that consisted of his brother Dan, and their … (more...)

1814

British Declare War on Nepalese Gurkhas

On this day in 1814, Francis Edward Rawdon-Hastings, British Governor-General of India, declared war on the Gurkhas of Nepal. It was the beginning of what became known as the Anglo-Nepalese War, and … (more...)