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September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the
Gregorian Calendar, with 96 days remaining.
* 1580 - Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the globe
* 1687 - The Parthenon in Athens is partially destroyed after an
explosion caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morozini
who were besieging the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens.
* 1777 - British troops occupy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the
* 1789 - Thomas Jefferson appointed first United States Secretary of
State; John Jay appointed first Chief Justice of the United States;
Samuel Osgood appointed first United States Postmaster General; Edmund
Randolph appointed first United States Attorney General.
* 1907 - New Zealand becomes a dominion
* 1914 - The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is established by the
Federal Trade Commission Act.
* 1918 - Battle of Meuse
* 1934 - Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched
* 1944 - Operation Market Garden fails
* 1950 - United Nations troops recapture Seoul from the North Koreans.
* 1960 - In Chicago, Illinois the first televised debate takes place
between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
* 1961 - Bob Dylan makes his public debut
* 1962 - Yemen Arab Republic is proclaimed
* 1962 - Premiere of "The Beverly Hillbillies" on CBS.
* 1969 - Chicago Seven trial begins
* 1981 - Nolan Ryan sets a Major League Baseball record by throwing his
* 1983 - Australia II, first non-American winner, wins the Americas Cup
* 1988 - Ben Johnson is stripped of his Olympic gold medal in the 100
meter dash for failing a drug test
* 1991 - Biosphere 2 opens
* 1729 - Moses Mendelssohn, German philosopher
* 1774 - John Chapman ("Johnny Appleseed"), environmentalist
* 1870 - King Christian X of Denmark (+ 1947)
* 1871 - Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (+ 1934)
* 1874 - Lewis Hine, photographer, social actvist (+ 1940)
* 1875 - Edmund Gwenn, actor (+ 1959)
* 1888 - T. S. Eliot, American poet (+ 1965)
* 1889 - Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (+ 1976)
* 1897 - Pope Paul VI (+ 1978)
* 1895 - George Raft, acor (+ 1980)
* 1898 - George Gershwin, American composer (+ 1937) born in Brooklyn,
* 1914 - Jack LaLanne, fitness advocate
* 1925 - Marty Robbins, country music singer
* 1926 - John Coltrane, American musician (+ 1967)
* 1926 - Julie London, singer, actress
* 1933 - Donna Douglas, actress
* 1936 - Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist
* 1955 - Carlene Carter, country music singer
* 1956 - Linda Hamilton, American actress
* 1967 - Shannon Hoon, singer ("Blind Melon") (+ 1995)
* 1948 - Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer
* 1951 - Dave Casper, Football Hall of Famerr
* 1956 - Clip Payne, musician (P Funk)
* 1956 - Linda Hamilton, actress
* 1962 - Melissa Sue Anderson, American actress
* 1963 - Lysette Anthony, actress
* 1964 - Les Claypool, American musician
* 1968 - James Caviezel, actor
* 1981 - Serena Williams, American tennis player
* 1802 - Jurij Vega, Slovene mathematician
* 1820 - Daniel Boone, American frontiersman
* 1868 - August Ferdinand Mšbius, German mathematician and astronomer
* 1904 - John F. Stairs, businessman, statesman
* 1937 - Bessie Smith, American blues singer
* 1945 - BŽla Bart—k, Hungarian composer
* 1947 - Hugh Lofting, British writer
* 1952 - Philosopher George Santayana in Rome at age 88.
* 1991 - Miles Davis, American jazz musician
* 1998 - Betty Carter, jazz singer