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On This Day in History - 26th October


1685Giuseppe Scarlatti, Italian composer
1879Leon Trotsky, Communist leader
1906Primo Carnera, Italian heavyweight boxing champion
1924Shaw Taylor, TV presenter; 'Police Five'
1930John Arden, Playwright
1936Gyorgy Pauk, Hungarian born violinist
1942Bob Hoskins, British actor of stage and screen


1863The English Football Association was formed
1907The Territorial Army was formed by the Secretary of State for War, Richard Haldane
1912The Woolwich tunnel, under the Thames, was opened
1987In London's dockland, the City Airport was opened for short take off and landing aircraft
1989Nigel Lawson resigned over differences with PM Margaret Thatchers economic adviser, Sir Alan Walters
1989The re-built Globe Theatre in London reopened for the first time in 350 years