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October 26, 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 of the Philippines underway, the desperate Japanese command decided to gamble their combined naval fl...

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October 26, 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. It only took Fraser 45 minutes to land the massive 679 kilograms (1,496 lb) Atlantic bluefin, the lar...

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October 26, 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 would lead to the division of Nepal and a British colonial presence in the region.   Britis...

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