Daily Almanac: October 26, 2023


RISE: 8:08 a.m.
SET: 6:54 p.m.

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Today is…:

• National Pumpkin Day
• Vote Early Day
• National Mule Day

What Happened On This Day:

• 2001 Patriot Act Comes into Effect in the US. Signed into law by President George W. Bush as a result of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the act is formally known as Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The act gave security agencies more power to deal with terrorists and terrorist activities and made it easier for them to monitor and investigate people suspected of aiding and abetting acts of terrorism. It has been criticized for its detrimental effect on civil liberties.
• 1984 First Infant to Receive an Organ From Another Species. Born on October 14, 1984, with a rare congenital heart defect, Baby Fae received a heart from a baboon. The surgery was performed by Dr. Leonard L. Bailey at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. While the operation was successful, Baby Fae’s body rejected the heart, and she died a few weeks later.
• 1863 The Football (Soccer) Association is Formed. The world’s oldest governing football body was created at the Freemasons’ Tavern in London. The foundation was instrumental in creating and formalizing rules of the game. Before this, every area and organization playing football (soccer) made their own rules.

Births On This Day:

• 1973 Seth MacFarlane

American animator, voice actor, singer
• 1947 Hillary Clinton

American politician, 67th United States Secretary of State, 44th First Lady of the United States

Deaths On This Day:

• 1902 Elizabeth Cady Stanton

American activist
• 899 Alfred the Great

English king