October 26, 1944 – Battle of Leyte Gulf ends

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.

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October 26, 1955 – Diem declares himself premier of Republic of Vietnam

October 26, 1955 – Diem declares himself premier of Republic of Vietnam

Ngo Dinh Diem declares that pursuant to the wishes of the South Vietnamese people, as evidenced in a national referendum a few days before, the Republic of Vietnam is now in existence and that he will serve as the nation’s first president.

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