File photo of Muhammad Ali. Reuters
The assassination of Park Chung-hee, the third president of South Korea, took place on October 26, 1979, during a dinner at the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) shelter, which was located at the interior of the Blue House presidential compound in Jongno, Seoul. The assassination was carried out by Kim Jae-Gyu, head of the KCIA and security adviser to the president. Park was shot in the head and chest, and died on the spot. In addition, a presidential driver and four bodyguards were murdered. In South Korea, the event is often referred to as “10.26” or “the 10.26 incident”. Park had ruled South Korea as a dictator for nearly 18 years at the time of his death. Later, for his conduct, Kim Jae Kyu was sentenced to death.
The Terminator made its big screen debut:
On this day in 1984, James Cameron’s sci-fi action movie The Terminator made its first appearance. The Terminator was the highest-grossing film at the box office in its first week of release, playing in 1,005 theaters and earning $4 million. It starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a robotic assassin who is sent back in time from the year 2029 to the year 1984 in order to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose unborn child will one day save humanity from extinction by Skynet, a hostile artificial intelligence in a post-apocalyptic future. Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd are credited with writing the screenplay, with co-writer William Wisher Jr. receiving “additional dialogue” credit.
Boeing 707 put into service:
On October 26, 1958, the Boeing 707, the first successful commercial airliner, entered service. The Boeing Company created and produced the four-engine narrow-body and medium long-range aircraft with swept-back wings. On domestic, transcontinental, and transatlantic flights as well as for cargo and military uses, it dominated passenger air travel in the 1960s and continued to be popular through the 1970s. It cemented Boeing’s position in as the first airliner manufacturer. For a total of 1,010 made, it continued to be produced until 1991 and is credited with heralding the jet era of commercial flight.
Here are some other significant events that happened on October 26:
In 1825, the Erie Canal, which connects the Great Lakes to New York via the Hudson River to Albany, was finally opened after about eight years of effort. Its success encouraged the construction of canals across the country and transformed New York City into a major trading center.
In 1970, American boxer Muhammad Ali defeated Jerry Quarry in his comeback fight after a hiatus of more than three years. Ali had been suspended from acting because he refused to enlist in the US Army during the Vietnam War.
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