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What happened on September 26? There are more than 293 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About September 26

September 26 is the 269th day of the year 2017. There are 96 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 39th week of the year 2017.

On this day in Cordova, North Carolina 28330 sunrise will occur at 12:10 PM and sunset will occur at 12:09 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Libra. The modern birthstone for this month is Sapphire while the mystical birthstone is Agate.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 146 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For September 26

  • 46 BC
    Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.
  • 715
    Ragenfrid defeats Theudoald at the Battle of Compiègne.
  • 1212
    Golden Bull of Sicily is certified as an hereditary royal title in Bohemia for the Přemyslid dynasty.
  • 1580
    Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth.
  • 1687
    The Parthenon in Athens is partially destroyed by an explosion caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini who are besieging the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens.
  • 1687
    The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange’s invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
  • 1777
    British troops occupy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the American Revolution.
  • 1783
    The first battle of Shays’ Rebellion begins.
  • 1789
    Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first United States Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood is appointed the first United States Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed the first United States Attorney General.
  • 1792
    Marc-David Lasource begins accusing Maximilien Robespierre of wanting a dictatorship for France.
  • 1810
    A new Act of Succession is adopted by the Riksdag of the Estates and Jean Baptiste Bernadotte becomes heir to the Swedish throne.
  • 1872
    The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) is established in New York City.
  • 1907
    New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire.
  • 1908
    Ed Reulbach becomes the first and only pitcher to throw two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1914
    The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is established by the Federal Trade Commission Act.
  • 1917
    World War I: The Battle of Polygon Wood begins.
  • 1918
    World War I: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the bloodiest single battle in American history, begins.
  • 1923
    Gustav Stresemann resumes the Weimar Republic’s payment of reparations.
  • 1934
    Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched.
  • 1942
    The Holocaust: August Frank, a higher official of the SS concentration camp administration department, issues a memorandum containing a great deal of operational detail in how Jews should be “evacuated”.
  • 1944
    World War II: On the central front of the Gothic Line Brazilian troops control the Serchio valley region after ten days of fighting.
  • 1944
    World War II: Operation Market Garden fails.
  • 1950
    Indonesia is admitted to the United Nations.
  • 1950
    United Nations troops recapture Seoul from North Korean forces.
  • 1954
    Japanese rail ferry Toya Maru sinks during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait, Japan killing 1,172.
  • 1959
    Typhoon Vera, the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, makes landfall, killing 4,580 people and leaving nearly 1.6 million others homeless.
  • 1960
    Fidel Castro announces Cuba’s support for the U.S.S.R.
  • 1960
    In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
  • 1970
    The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acre.
  • 1971
    The Freetown Christiania was founded.
  • 1973
    Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.
  • 1981
    Baseball: Nolan Ryan sets a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter.
  • 1983
    Australia II wins the America’s Cup, ending the longest winning streak in sporting history.
  • 1983
    Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a likely worldwide nuclear war by correctly identifying a report of an incoming nuclear missile as a computer error and not an American first strike.
  • 1984
    The United Kingdom agrees to the handover of Hong Kong
  • 1997
    A Garuda Indonesia Airbus A-300 crashes near Medan, Indonesia, airport, killing 234.
  • 1997
    An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.
  • 2000
    Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 20,000 protesters) turn violent during the IMF and World Bank summits.
  • 2000
    The MS Express Samina sinks off Paros in the Agean sea killing 80 passengers.
  • 2001
    Polish Wikipedia was started.
  • 2002
    The overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of The Gambia killing more than 1,000.
  • 2008
    Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
  • 2009
    Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.

Who Were Born On September 26?

  • 1329
    Queen Anna of Bavaria of the Romans (d. 1353)
  • 1406
    Thomas de Ros, 9th Baron de Ros, English soldier and politician (d. 1430)
  • 1711
    Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, English politician (d. 1779)
  • 1750
    Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, British admiral (d. 1810)
  • 1758
    Cosme Argerich, Argentine physician (d. 1820)
  • 1767
    Wenzel Müller, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1835)
  • 1774
    Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist (d. 1845)
  • 1791
    Théodore Géricault, French painter (d. 1824)
  • 1792
    William Hobson, first Governor of New Zealand (d. 1842)
  • 1820
    Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Bengali scholar (d. 1891)
  • 1840
    Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician (d. 1923)
  • 1843
    Joseph Furphy, Australian novelist (as “Tom Collins”; d. 1912)
  • 1849
    Ivan Pavlov, Russian scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1936)
  • 1865
    Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford, English pilot and ornithologist (d. 1937)
  • 1867
    Winsor McCay, American animator (d. 1934)
  • 1869
    Komitas, Armenian composer (d. 1935)
  • 1870
    King Christian X of Denmark (d. 1947)
  • 1872
    Max Ehrmann, American poet (Desiderata) (d. 1945)
  • 1873
    Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (d. 1949)
  • 1873
    Wacław Berent, Polish novelist and translator (d. 1940)
  • 1874
    Lewis Hine, American photographer and activist (d. 1940)
  • 1875
    Edmund Gwenn, Welsh actor (d. 1959)
  • 1876
    Edith Abbott, American social worker and author (d. 1957)
  • 1876
    Ghulam Bhik Nairang, Indian poet and Muslim nationalist (d. 1952)
  • 1877
    Alfred Cortot, Swiss pianist (d. 1962)
  • 1877
    Ugo Cerletti, Italian neurologist (d. 1963)
  • 1881
    Hiram Wesley Evans, American Ku Klux Klan figure (d. 1966)
  • 1884
    J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (d. 1951)
  • 1886
    Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1977)
  • 1887
    Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor (d. 1967)
  • 1887
    Edwin Keppel Bennett, English writer (d. 1958)
  • 1887
    Sir Barnes Wallis, English scientist and inventor (d. 1979)
  • 1888
    J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist (d. 1964)
  • 1888
    T. S. Eliot, American-born British writer and poet, Nobel laureate (d. 1965)
  • 1889
    Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (d. 1976)
  • 1891
    Charles Münch, French conductor and violinist (d. 1968)
  • 1892
    Robert Staughton Lynd, American historian (d. 1970)
  • 1893
    Gladys Brockwell, American actress (d. 1929)
  • 1895
    George Raft, American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1895
    Jürgen Stroop, German Nazi SS officer (d. 1952)
  • 1897
    Arthur Rhys Davids, English pilot (d. 1917)
  • 1897
    Pope Paul VI (d. 1978)
  • 1898
    George Gershwin, American composer (d. 1937)
  • 1905
    Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2011)
  • 1907
    Anthony Blunt, English art historian and Soviet spy (d. 1983)
  • 1907
    Bep van Klaveren, Dutch boxer (d. 1992)
  • 1909
    Bill France, Sr., American car racing executive (d. 1992)
  • 1911
    Al Helfer, American radio sportscaster (d. 1975)
  • 1913
    Frank Brimsek, American ice hockey player (d. 1998)
  • 1914
    Achille Compagnoni, Italian mountaineer (d. 2009)
  • 1914
    Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (d. 2011)
  • 1917
    Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (d. 1976)
  • 1917
    Tran Duc Thao, Vietnamese philosopher (d. 1993)
  • 1918
    John Zacherle, American television host
  • 1919
    Barbara Britton, American actress (d. 1980)
  • 1919
    Matilde Camus, Spanish poet and researcher
  • 1922
    Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia, French-born pretender to the Russian throne
  • 1922
    Takis Miliadis, Greek actor (d. 1985)
  • 1923
    Dev Anand, Indian actor and film producer
  • 1925
    Marty Robbins, American singer (d. 1982)
  • 1925
    Norm Dussault, American ice hockey player
  • 1926
    Julie London, American singer and actress (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    Manfred Mayrhofer, Austrian philologist
  • 1927
    Enzo Bearzot, Italian football player and manager (d. 2010)
  • 1927
    Patrick O'Neal, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1927
    Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (d. 1990)
  • 1927
    Robert Cade, American physician and beverage inventor (d. 2007)
  • 1928
    Bob Van der Veken, Belgian actor
  • 1930
    Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (d. 1966)
  • 1930
    Joe Brown, English mountaineer
  • 1931
    Kenneth Parnell, American convicted sex offender (d. 2008)
  • 1932
    Dr. Manmohan Singh, Indian politician
  • 1932
    Richard Herd, American actor
  • 1932
    Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident
  • 1933
    Donna Douglas, American actress
  • 1935
    Joe Sherlock, Irish politician (d. 2007)
  • 1936
    Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist
  • 1937
    Jerry Weintraub, American film producer
  • 1937
    Valentin Pavlov, Soviet politician (d. 2003)
  • 1938
    Lars Jacob Krogh, Norwegian journalist (d. 2010)
  • 1939
    Ricky Tomlinson, English actor
  • 1941
    Martine Beswick, English actress and model
  • 1941
    Salvatore Accardo, Italian violinist and conductor
  • 1942
    Kent McCord, American actor
  • 1943
    Ian Chappell, Australian cricketer and broadcaster
  • 1943
    Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver
  • 1944
    Anne Robinson, English television host
  • 1945
    Bryan Ferry, English singer (Roxy Music)
  • 1945
    Gal Costa, Brazilian singer
  • 1945
    Louise Beaudoin, French-Canadian politician
  • 1946
    Andrea Dworkin, American feminist (d. 2005)
  • 1946
    Christine Todd Whitman, American politician
  • 1946
    Louise Simonson, American comic book writer and editor
  • 1946
    Radha Krishna Mainali, Nepalese politician
  • 1946
    Togo Igawa, Japanese actor
  • 1947
    Lynn Anderson, American country music singer
  • 1947
    Philippe Lavil, French singer
  • 1948
    Olivia Newton-John, English-born Australian singer and actress
  • 1949
    Clodoaldo, Brazilian football player
  • 1949
    Jane Smiley, American novelist
  • 1949
    Marie Tifo, Canadian actress
  • 1949
    Minette Walters, English novelist
  • 1951
    Stuart Tosh, Scottish musician
  • 1952
    Predrag Miletić, Serbian actor
  • 1953
    Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer
  • 1953
    Joe Benigno, American radio personality
  • 1954
    Craig Chaquico, American guitarist
  • 1954
    Kevin Kennedy, American baseball manager
  • 1955
    Carlene Carter, American singer
  • 1956
    Linda Hamilton, American actress
  • 1956
    Steve Butler, American racing driver
  • 1958
    Darby Crash, American singer (The Germs) (d. 1980)
  • 1958
    Richard B. Weldon, Jr., American politician
  • 1958
    Robert Kagan, American historian
  • 1959
    Rich Gedman, American baseball player
  • 1961
    Charlotte Fich, Danish actress
  • 1961
    Cindy Herron, American singer (En Vogue)
  • 1961
    Will Self, English author
  • 1962
    Al Pitrelli, American guitarist (Megadeth)
  • 1962
    Lawrence Leritz, Broadway dancer, choreographer, producer
  • 1962
    Mark Haddon, English author
  • 1962
    Melissa Sue Anderson, American actress
  • 1962
    Peter Foster, Australian con artist
  • 1963
    Joe Nemechek, American NASCAR driver
  • 1963
    Lysette Anthony, English actress
  • 1964
    Dave Martinez, American baseball player
  • 1964
    John Tempesta, American drummer (White Zombie, Helmet, Testament)
  • 1964
    Nicki French, English singer
  • 1965
    Alexandra Lencastre, Portuguese actress
  • 1966
    Christos Dantis, Greek composer and singer
  • 1966
    Craig Heyward, American football player (d. 2006)
  • 1966
    Jillian Barberie, Canadian actress and television hostess
  • 1967
    Kara Saun, American designer
  • 1967
    Shannon Hoon, American singer (Blind Melon) (d. 1995)
  • 1968
    Ben Shenkman, American actor
  • 1968
    James Caviezel, American actor
  • 1969
    Andy Petterson, Australian footballer
  • 1969
    Anthony Kavanagh, French-Canadian comedian, actor and singer
  • 1969
    Paul Warhurst, English footballer
  • 1970
    Sheri Moon Zombie, American actress
  • 1972
    Melanie Paxson, American actress
  • 1972
    Ras Kass, American rapper
  • 1972
    Shawn Stockman, American singer (Boyz II Men)
  • 1973
    Chris Small, Scottish snooker player
  • 1973
    Marty Casey, American singer (Lovehammers)
  • 1973
    Olga Vasdeki, Greek triple jumper
  • 1974
    Boris Cepeda, German-Ecuadorian pianist and diplomat
  • 1974
    Gary Hall, Jr., American swimmer
  • 1974
    Martin Müürsepp, Estonian basketball player
  • 1975
    Emma Härdelin, Swedish singer (Garmarna, Triakel)
  • 1975
    Jake Paltrow, American film director
  • 1976
    Michael Ballack, German footballer
  • 1976
    Sami Vanska, Finnish bassist (Nightwish)
  • 1976
    Tyler Denk, American model and reality show contestant
  • 1977
    André Hunger, German artist and designer
  • 1977
    Kaylynn, American pornographic actress
  • 1978
    Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • 1979
    Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 1979
    Jacob Tierney, Canadian actor
  • 1979
    Jaycie Phelps, American gymnast
  • 1979
    Jon Harley, English footballer
  • 1979
    Naomichi Marufuji, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1980
    Brooks Orpik, American ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Daniel Sedin, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Henrik Sedin, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Jane Darling, Czech porn model/actress
  • 1980
    Patrick Friesacher, Austrian race car driver
  • 1981
    Aras Baskauskas, American reality show contestant
  • 1981
    Christina Milian, American actress and singer
  • 1981
    Collien Ulmen-Fernandes, German TV host and actress
  • 1981
    Serena Williams, American tennis player
  • 1982
    Jon Richardson, British comedian
  • 1982
    Miguel Alfredo Portillo, Argentine footballer
  • 1982
    Rob Burrow, English rugby player
  • 1982
    Simon Picone, Italian rugby player
  • 1983
    Archimede Morleo, Italian footballer
  • 1983
    D'Qwell Jackson, American football player
  • 1983
    Ricardo Quaresma, Portuguese footballer
  • 1983
    Samantha Hammel, American record producer and actress
  • 1984
    Thore Schölermann, German actor
  • 1985
    Lenna Kuurmaa, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja)
  • 1985
    Talulah Riley, English actress
  • 1986
    Ashley Leggat, Canadian actress
  • 1987
    Rosie Munter, Swedish singer (Play)
  • 1988
    Kiira Korpi, Finnish figure skater
  • 1988
    Marina Kuroki, Japanese actress
  • 1988
    Mark Simpson, English clarinetist and composer
  • 1989
    Emma Rigby, English actress
  • 1989
    Nesma Mahgoub, Egyptian singer
  • 2000
    Princess Salma bint Al Abdullah II of Jordan

Who Died On September 26?

  • 1417
    Francesco Zabarella, Italian jurist (b. 1360)
  • 1468
    Juan de Torquemada, Spanish Catholic cardinal (b. 1388)
  • 1501
    Džore Držić, Croatian writer (b. 1461)
  • 1620
    Taichang Emperor of China (b. 1582)
  • 1626
    Wakisaka Yasuharu, Japanese warrior (b. 1554)
  • 1716
    Antoine Parent, French mathematician (b. 1666)
  • 1763
    John Byron, English poet (b. 1692)
  • 1764
    Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro, Spanish scholar (b. 1767)
  • 1800
    William Billings, American choral composer (b. 1746)
  • 1802
    Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician and military officer (b. 1754)
  • 1820
    Daniel Boone, American frontiersman (b. 1734)
  • 1868
    August Ferdinand Möbius, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1790)
  • 1877
    Hermann Grassmann, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1809)
  • 1902
    Levi Strauss, American clothing manufacturer (b. 1829)
  • 1904
    John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman and statesman (b. 1848)
  • 1904
    Lafcadio Hearn, Greek writer (b. 1850)
  • 1935
    Iván Persa, Hungarian Slovene writer and catholic priest (b. 1861)
  • 1937
    Bessie Smith, American singer (b. 1894)
  • 1945
    Béla Bartók, Hungarian composer (b. 1881)
  • 1947
    Hugh Lofting, English writer (b. 1886)
  • 1951
    Hans Cloos, German geologist (b. 1885)
  • 1952
    George Santayana, Spanish philosopher (b. 1863)
  • 1953
    Xu Beihong, Chinese painter (b. 1895)
  • 1954
    Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (b. 1868)
  • 1957
    Arthur Powell Davies, American religious minister (b. 1902)
  • 1959
    Sir Leslie Morshead, Australian soldier (b. 1889)
  • 1965
    James Fitzmaurice, Irish aviation pioneer (b. 1898)
  • 1968
    Daniel Johnson, Sr., French-Canadian politician (b. 1915)
  • 1968
    Lipman Heilprin, Israeli physician and Israel Prize recipient (b. 1902)
  • 1968
    Władysław Kędra, Polish pianist (b. 1918)
  • 1972
    Charles Correll, American radio actor (b. 1890)
  • 1973
    Anna Magnani, Italian actress (b. 1908)
  • 1973
    Ralph Earnhardt, American race car driver (b. 1923)
  • 1976
    Lavoslav Ružička, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1978
    Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • 1979
    Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (b. 1910)
  • 1982
    Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (b. 1902)
  • 1983
    Tino Rossi, French singer and actor (b. 1907)
  • 1984
    John Facenda, American sports announcer (b. 1913)
  • 1984
    Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1948)
  • 1987
    Herbert Tichy, Austrian mountaineer, made the first ascent of Cho Oyu in 1954 (b. 1912)
  • 1987
    Ramang, Indonesian former footballer (b. 1928)
  • 1989
    Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Indian singer and composer (b. 1920)
  • 1990
    Alberto Moravia, Italian author (b. 1907)
  • 1991
    Billy Vaughn, American bandleader (b. 1919)
  • 1998
    Betty Carter, American singer (b. 1930)
  • 1999
    Bernadette O'Farrell, Irish actress (b. 1924)
  • 1999
    Oseola McCarty, American philanthropist (b. 1908)
  • 2000
    Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist (b. 1937)
  • 2000
    Richard Mulligan, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 2003
    Robert Palmer, English singer (b. 1949)
  • 2003
    Shawn Lane, American guitarist (b. 1963)
  • 2004
    Marianna Komlos, professional wrestling valet (b. 1969)
  • 2005
    Helen Cresswell, British author (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Byron Nelson, American golfer (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Iva Toguri D'Aquino, alleged Tokyo Rose (b. 1916)
  • 2007
    Bill Wirtz, American sports team owner (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2008
    Paul Newman, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2010
    Gloria Stuart, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2011
    Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)


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