26 October 2021: This day in history

1850: Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island)

1861: Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months

1863: International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields – beginning of the Red Cross

1977: Last natural case of smallpox discovered in Merca district, Somalia. Considered the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination

2019: Raid by US Special Forces kills ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria


Source: Onthisday.com

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