Wednesday 26 October 2011
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of October people in US were listening to Someone Like You by Adele.
In Time, directed by Andrew Niccol, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011
while The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two by Rick Riordan was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Nauru - Angam Day
- Austria - National Day: Anniversary of the Declaration of Neutrality (1955)
- Also see October 26 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- St. Quadragesimus
- St. Rusticus
- St. Gibitrudis
- St. Fulk
- St. Eadfrid
- St. Demetrius (aka St. Dimitrios) of Thessaloniki
- St. Cuthbert
- St. Cedd
- St. Alfred the Great
- Roman festivals - first day of Ludi Victoriae Sullanae (until 1 November)
- R.C. Saints - October 26th is the feast day of the following Roman Catholic Saints: St. Bean
- St. Evaristus
- St. Lucian
- St. Albinus
- St. Rogatian
- Solomon Brown: American child born to parents seen on a reality television show on polygamous families, Kody Brown and his fourth wife Robyn.
- 2011 Syrian uprising: At least 17 people are reported dead in Syria, as fighting continues between the government and opposition groups. (CNN)
- A bomb hidden in a fuel truck kills at least 5 people and injures 45 in Afghanistan's Parwan province. (AP via ''Washington Post'')
- Indian superhero film ''Ra.One'', the most expensive Bollywood film to date, is released to coincide with the Hindu festival of Diwali. (BBC)
- A coroner finds that the death of British soul singer Amy Winehouse in July was caused by alcohol poisoning. (AP via ''The Australian'')
- The composite-bodied Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its first commercial flight with All Nippon Airways, flying between Tokyo and Hong Kong. (BBC)
- Tsuyoshi Kikukawa resigns as the President and Chairman of Olympus Corporation, as financial and law enforcement bodies in Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom investigate the optical equipment company's acquisitions in recent years. (''Wall Street Journal'')
- Residents in the Mexican city of Cancún brace for Hurricane Rina, which is expected to make landfall on Thursday. (CNN)
- Turkish earthquake:
- The search for survivors of the Van earthquake in eastern Turkey enters its third day, with 459 confirmed deaths and over 1,300 injured. (''Daily Mail'')
- Turkey announces it will accept offers of aid from foreign countries to cope with the aftermath of the earthquake. (BBC)
- The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, blames the high death toll on shoddy construction. (AP via Google News)
- European Union leaders hold an emergency meeting to discuss the European sovereign debt crisis. (BBC)
- Former Goldman Sachs and Procter and Gamble director Rajat Gupta pleads not guilty to the charge of leaking confidential information to convicted fraudster Raj Rajaratnam. (''Wall Street Journal'')
- Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, is reported to be attempting to negotiate a surrender to the International Criminal Court. (''Daily Telegraph'')
- Twelve former officials in the military junta that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983 are given life sentences for their roles in the dirty war against political opponents, including Alfredo Astiz. (Al-Jazeera)
- Occupy Wall Street movement:
- In California, Oakland police disperse Occupy Oakland protesters, using tear gas and rubber bullets and making numerous arrests. (Reuters)
- A U.S. Marine Corps veteran is reportedly left in serious but stable condition after the Oakland clashes. (CNN)
- Brazilian Sports Minister Orlando Silva resigns following corruption allegations, but insists he is innocent. (ESPN)
- American scientists confirm that a transmissible fungus, ''Geomyces destructans'', is responsible for the white-nose syndrome that has decimated bat populations across North America since 2006. (BBC)
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