José Fernando da Baviera, Francis Bacon and Bill Gates were born on this (very) day -(today) in history.
also "born on this day'' and follow a list:http://www.biography.com/on-this-day/october-26
Today/this day...is day of the death of Pier Gerlofs Donia, John Lock, Johan August Arfwedson.
(of course, if want to be more specific you go on, determining the years, by saying "in separate events...")
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