This Day in History for 26th September

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 211

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 certified hereditary royal title in Bohemia for Přemyslid dynasty.
1371 - Battle of Maritsa: Serbia-Turkey
1396 - Sultan Bajezid I beheads 100s of crusaders
1404 - Brussels Brabants/Limburgse audit-office established
1580 - Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind
1629 - Sweden & Poland signs Peace of Altmark
1655 - Peter Stuyvesant recaptures Dutch Ft Casimir from Swedish in Delaware
1680 - Tax revolt in Gorinchem due to tax on cereal
1687 - Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, the Parthenon is subsequently damaged in the war.
Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman Julius CaesarRoman Military Commander and Political Statesman Julius Caesar 1687 - The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
1733 - France, Spain & Sardinia sign anti-German covenant
1771 - Denis Diderot's "Le Fils Naturel" premieres in Paris
1772 - New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine
1783 - Fayette County, Pennsylvania created
1786 - Britain & France sign trade agreement
1789 - 4th US Postmaster General: Samuel Osgood of Mass takes office
1789 - Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Sec of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice;
1789 - Edmund J Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General
1792 - Marc-David Lasource begins accusing Maximilien Robespierre of wanting a dictatorship for France.
US President Thomas JeffersonUS President Thomas Jefferson 1810 - A new Act of Succession is adopted by the Riksdag of the Estates and Jean Baptiste Bernadotte becomes heir to the Swedish throne.
1815 - Russia, Prussia & Austria sign Holy Alliance
1824 - Kapiolani defies Pele (Hawaiian volcano goddess) & lives
1831 - Robert Montgomery Bird's "Gladiator" premieres in NYC
1835 - Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" premieres in Naples
1861 - 2nd British Golf Open: Tom Morris Sr shoots a 163 at Prestwick Club
1872 - The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City.
1874 - 1st Grand International Rifle match held
1876 - 1st Belgian parachute jump (Glorieux)
1884 - Suriname army shoots on British-Indian contract workers, 7 killed
1887 - Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone
1890 - US stops minting $1 & $3 gold coin & 3 cent piece
Composer John Philip SousaComposer John Philip Sousa 1892 - 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa's band (NJ)
1895 - Italian general Oreste Baratieri lands in Massawa, Eritrea
1898 - Victor Herbert/Harry Smith's musical premieres in NYC
1901 - Boer General Botha fails to capture Fort Itala in Natal
1901 - Great Britain annexes the Ashanti Kingdom and places it under the governor of the Gold Coast (Ghana)
1904 - Charles Kleins "Music Master" premieres in NYC
1904 - Earl Grey is named British governor-general of Canada
1904 - GB Shaw's "How He Lied to Her Husband" premieres in NYC
1906 - Pitts Lefty Leifield no-hits Phillies, 8-0 in 6 inning game
1907 - New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire.
1908 - Ed Ruelbach shuts-out Dodgers in a doubleheader
1914 - Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce
1914 - Germans arrest A Max, mayor of Brussels
1916 - Bishop speak against Catholics in trade unions
1917 - British assault on Menin-street, France
1918 - Battle of the Argonne, final major battle of WW I
1918 - World War I: Battle of Meuse.
1919 - US President Wilson hit by a heart attack
1921 - Yankee Ruth hits HRs 57 & 58 to beat Indians 8-7
1923 - Stresemann government ends resistance against occupiers in Ruhrgebied
Golfer Walter HagenGolfer Walter Hagen 1925 - 8th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Olympia Fields CC Matteson Ill
1925 - Italian sub "Sebastiano Veniero" lost off Sicily with 54 dead
1926 - JB Fagan's "And So to Bed" premieres in London
1926 - Shortest double header, Yanks lose 6-1 in 72 minutes & lose again 6-2 in 55 minutes to Browns. Yanks had already clinched pennant
1927 - St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St NYC
1929 - John Schrober becomes chancellor of Austria
1933 - Sidney Kingsley's "Men in White" premieres in NYC
1934 - British liner Queen Mary is launched
1938 - Hitler issues ultimatum to Czech government, demanding Sudenten Land
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1939 - German seaplane shoots KLM-aircraft (1 killed)
1940 - Airplane manufacturer in Woolston bombed, 30 killed
1940 - Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
1941 - Nazis slaughter about 34,000 Jews of Kiev
1944 - British & Polish paratroopers evacuate Oosterbeek (Arnhem)
1944 - Soviet forces occupy Estonia
1945 - All old Dutch banknotes declared invalid
1946 - 1st edition of Tintin (Kuifje), publishes until June 1993
1947 - Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series
1948 - Boston Braves win 1st NL championship since 1914
1950 - Because of forest fire in Br Columbia, blue moon appears in England
1950 - Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year
1950 - UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul
1951 - Prof Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
1952 - Yanks clinch 4th straight & 19th AL pennant, beating A's 5-2
1953 - Billy Hunter is last St Louis Browns player to homer in a game
1953 - KERO TV channel 23 in Bakersfield, CA (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 - Polish government fires/imprisons Cardinal Wyszynski
1953 - US & Spain sign defense treaty (4 US bases in Spain)
1954 - Japanese ferry boat Toya Maru sinks in Strait of Tsugaru, 1172 die
1954 - KODE TV channel 12 in Joplin, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954 - KUTV TV channel 2 in Salt Lake City, UT (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 - Patty Berg wins LPGA Ardmore Golf Open
1954 - Typhoon hits Japan - 5 ferryboats sink killing about 1,600
1954 - WANE TV channel 15 in Fort Wayne, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - WCAX TV channel 3 in Burlington, VT (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - A's defeats Yanks 8-6 in last game franchise will play in Phila
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi BerraMLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra 1954 - Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop
1955 - NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929
1957 - "West Side Story" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 734 perfs
1957 - Bernstein & Sondheim's musical "West Side Story" premieres in NYC
1957 - Dag Hammarskjoeld re-elected secretary-general of UN
1957 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1958 - Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (Britain) in 18th America's Cup
1958 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1959 - Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty
1959 - SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
1959 - Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 216

1181 - Saint Francis of Assisi, Italian founder of the Franciscan Order (d. 1226)
1329 - Anna of Bavaria, Queen of the Romans (d. 1353)
1406 - Thomas de Ros, 9th Baron de Ros, English soldier and politician (d. 1430)
1688 - Willem J 's-Gravesande, Dutch physicist
1711 - Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, English politician (d. 1779)
1729 - Moses Mendelssohn, philosopher/critic/Bible translator
Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint Francis of AssisiCatholic Friar and Preacher, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181) 1750 - Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, British admiral (d. 1810)
1758 - Cosme Argerich, Argentine physician, founder of the Medicine School of Buenos Aires.
1759 - Hans D L earl Yorck von Wartenburg, Prussian fieldmarshal/gov-gen
1767 - Wenzel Muller, composer
1774 - John Chapman, [Johnny Appleseed], frontier nurseryman
1791 - Théodore Géricault, French painter (d. 1824)
1792 - William Hobson, first Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi, born Waterford, Ireland (D.1842)
1820 - Isvar Chandra Vidyasagar, father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita)
1821 - Alvin Peterson Hovey, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
1823 - Ivan S Aksakov, Russian journalist (Denj, Moskvitsh)
1832 - Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, composer
1840 - Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician (d. 1923)
1841 - Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, composer
1865 - Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford, English pilot and ornithologist (d. 1937)
1867 - Maggie L Walker, black business & civic leader
1868 - Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, composer
1869 - Komitas, Armenian composer (d. 1935)
1870 - Christian X, king of Denmark (1912-47)
1871 - Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (d. 1934)
1872 - Ottokar T Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Austrian Foreign min (1916-18)
1873 - Amilcare Zanella, composer
1873 - Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (d. 1949)
1875 - Edmund Gwenn, Wales, actor (Miracle on 34th Street)
1876 - C B "Buck" Llewellyn, cricketer (S Afr lefty all-rounder 1896-1912)
1876 - Edith Abbott, dean (U of Chic Social Sciences)
1877 - Alfred Cortot, French pianist
1877 - Ugo Cerletti, Italian neurologist (d. 1963)
1879 - Petko J Todorov, Bulgaria, writer (Fairy, Samodiva Fee)
1881 - Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan (d. 1966)
1884 - J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (d. 1951)
1885 - Anna M F "Annie" Wageningen-Salomons, author (Girl Student) [or 6/26]
1887 - Antonio Moreno, Madrid Spain, actor/director (It, Careers)
1887 - Edwin Keppel Bennett, English writer (d. 1958)
1887 - Sir Barnes Wallis, English scientist, engineer and inventor (d. 1979)
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. EliotPoet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot (1888) 1888 - T. S. Eliot, St Louis Missouri, poet/dramatist/critic (Waste Land-Nobel 1948), (d. 1965)
1888 - J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist (d. 1964)
1889 - Martin Heidegger, Germany, Existentialist (Being & Time)
1891 - Alfred Plane, US sharp shooter (Olympic-gold-1912, 20)
1893 - Milos Crnjanski, Serbian poet (Seobe)
1894 - Gladys Brockwell, Brooklyn NY, actress (Long Pants, Oliver Twist)
1895 - Fay Holden, Birmingham England, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films)
1897 - Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78)
1897 - Victor O Stomps, writer
1897 - Wilhelmina J "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress/act teacher (Goethe/Brecht)
1897 - Arthur Rhys Davids, English pilot (d. 1917)
1898 - George Gershwin, [Jacob Gershvin], Bkln, composer (Rhapsody in Blue)
1901 - Donald Cook, Portland Ore, actor (Too Young To Go Steady)
1901 - George Raft, NYC, American actor (Each Dawn I Die, Scarface, Some Like It Hot)
Gangster Albert AnastasiaGangster Albert Anastasia (1902) 1902 - Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], Tropea Italy, American gangster (Murder Inc)
1903 - Gerhard Nebel, writer
1905 - Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player
1907 - Anthony F Blunt, British historian/spy for USSR
1907 - Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, European Boxing Champ (Oly-silver-1928)
1907 - Ralph Michael, London England, actor (Quest, Doctor in the House)
1908 - Maurice Naessens, Belgian banker
1909 - Helen Giuliani, mother of Rudy (Mayor-R-NYC, 1994-2002)
1909 - Bill France, Sr., American car racing executive (d. 1992)
1911 - Jan F Hampe, pathologist-anatomy (Fabric & Stoflongen)
1913 - Ernst Schnabel, German sailor/dramatist (Anne Frank)
1914 - Jack LaLanne, exercise mogul (Juice Tiger)
1917 - Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (d. 1976)
1918 - Humphrey van Loo, Dutch news director (ANP/Reuter)
1919 - Barbara Britton, Long Beach, California, actress (Young & Willing)
1919 - Matilde Camus, Spanish poet and researcher
1922 - Nicholas Romanov, French-born pretender to the Russian throne
1923 - Dev Anand, Indian actor and film producer
1925 - Bobby Shantz, baseball player (1952 AL MVP)
1925 - Marty Robbins, Glendale Az, singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone)
1925 - Norm Dussault, American ice hockey player
1926 - Buland Al Haidary, poet
1926 - Giuseppi Chiari, composer
1926 - Imre Vincze, composer
1926 - Julie London, Santa Rosa California, actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency)
1926 - Manfred Mayrhofer, Austrian Indo-European Philologist
1927 - Patrick O'Neal, Ocala Fla, actor (Kaz, Alvarez Kelly, King Rat)
1927 - Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (d. 1990)
1927 - Robert Cade, American physician and beverage inventor (d. 2007)
1928 - Bob Van der Veken, Belgian actor
1929 - Meredith C Gourdine, Newark NJ, long jumper (Olympic-silver-1952)
1930 - Fritz Wunderlich, Kusel Germany, tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58)
1930 - Philip Bosco, Jersey City, actor (Trading Places)
1931 - Donald J Pease, (Rep-D-OH, 1977- )
1931 - George Chambers, MS, rock bassist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)
1931 - Vijay Manjrekar, cricketer (father of Sanjay, reliable Indian batsman)
1932 - Clifton C Williams Jr, Mobile Alabama, Major USMC/astronaut
1932 - Giuacomo Manzoni, composer
1932 - Joyce Jameson, Chicago Ill, comedienne (Spike Jones Show)
1932 - Richard Herd, American actor
1933 - Clari Baruch, [Clara C de Lieme], actress (Man With White Flower)
1933 - Donna Douglas, [Dot Smith], Pride La, actress (Beverly Hillbillies)
1934 - Dick Heckstall-Smith, rocker (Alexis Korner Band)
1934 - Raphael Samuel, historian
1935 - Bob Barber, cricketer (dashing England lefty bat in 28 Tests 1960-68)
1935 - Joe Sherlock, Irish Labour Party politician (d. 2007)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 10 of 10

Political Cartoonist Thomas NastPolitical Cartoonist Thomas Nast (1861) 1861 - Political cartoonist Thomas Nast (21) weds Sarah Edwards (20) in USA
1919 - German chancellor Konrad Adenauer (43) weds Auguste Zinsser in Cologne, Germany
1931 - Earl Claus von Stauffenberg marries Freiin Nina von Lerchenfeld
1933 - Director Victor Fleming (44) weds Lucile Rosson
1986 - Fashion designer Calvin Klein (43) weds socialite Kelly Rector on a civil ceremony in Italy
1999 - Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York
2005 - Country music singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver (66) weds Wanda Lynn Canady in Corsicana, Texas
Fashion Designer Calvin KleinFashion Designer Calvin Klein (1986) 2009 - Actress and model Jaime Pressly (35) weds entertainment lawyer Simran Singh (33) at Dick Clark estate in Malibu
2009 - "Half and Half" actress Essence Atkins (37) weds football free safety Jaime Mendez (38) at Ambassador Mansion and Gardens in Pasadena, California
2009 - "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) at a private estate in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 92 of 92

1023 - Godfried I, duke of Neth-Lutherans, dies
1342 - John I, ruler of Poland, dies
1345 - Willem IV, earl of Henegouwen/Holland/Zealand, dies at about 27
1371 - Vlkasin, Hungarian general/co-king of Serbia, dies
1417 - Francesco Zabarella, Italian jurist (b. 1360)
1468 - Juan de Torquemada, Spanish Catholic cardinal (b. 1388)
1614 - Felice Anerio, Italian composer (pontifical royal chapel), dies
1620 - Taichang Emperor of China (b. 1582)
1626 - Lancelot Andrewes, English theologist/bishop of Winchester, dies at 71
1626 - Wakisaka Yasuharu, Japanese warrior (b. 1554)
1657 - Hadji Chalfa/Katib Tsjelebi, Turkish geographer, dies at 48
1716 - Antoine Parent, French mathematician (b. 1666)
1763 - John Byron, English poet (b. 1692)
1764 - Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro, Spanish scholar (b. 1767)
1788 - Francois Bainville, composer, dies at 63
1802 - Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician and military officer (b. 1754)
1808 - Pavel Vranicky, composer, dies at 51
Frontiersman Daniel BooneFrontiersman Daniel Boone (1820) 1820 - Daniel Boone, frontiersman, dies in Missouri at 85
1866 - Carl Almqvist, Swedish author (Amorina), dies at 72
1868 - August Ferdinand Möbius, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1790)
1871 - Philip Cipriani Hambly Potter, composer, dies at 78
1877 - Hermann Grassmann, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1809)
1902 - Levi Strauss, American clothing manufacturer (b. 1829)
1904 - Lafcadio Hearn, author (Soul of the Great Ball), dies at 54
1904 - John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman and statesman (b. 1848)
1935 - Andy Adams, US writer (Cattle fire), dies at 76
1936 - Harriet Monroe, US poet (Poet's Life), dies at 75
Fashion Designer Levi StraussFashion Designer Levi Strauss (1902) 1937 - Bessie Smith, singer, dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
1940 - Walter Benjamin, writer, dies at 48
1944 - Ernst Isler, composer, dies at 64
1944 - Julien Cahn, cricketer (private cricket promoter during 30's), dies
1945 - Bela Bartok, composer, dies at 64
1945 - Béla V J Bartok, Hungarian pianist/composer dies at 64
1945 - R Beer-Hofmann, writer, dies at 78
1947 - Hugh Lofting, writer (Gub Gub Book), dies at 61
1951 - Hans Cloos, German geologist (b. 1885)
1952 - George Santayana, US philosopher/poet (Last Puritan), dies at 88
1953 - Xu Beihong, Chinese painter (b. 1895)
1954 - Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (b. 1868)
1956 - Lucien Febvre, French historian (Un Destin, Martin Luther), dies at 78
1958 - Carl Brisson, actor (Ship Cafe, Ring, Song of Soho), dies at 64
1959 - Solomon Bandaranaike, PM of Ceylon (1956-59), assassinated at 60
1960 - William Ling, cricketer (South African batsman in 6 Tests 1921-23), dies
1961 - Eily Malyon, actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch), dies at 81
1961 - Juanita Hansen, actress (Fast Company), dies of heart ailment at 67
1964 - Calvin Thomas, actor (Judge Hunter-One Man's Family), dies at 79
1964 - Ida Moore, actress (Mr Music, Johnny Belinda), dies at 82
1965 - Otto Nothling, cricketer (did next to nothling in Aust), dies
1965 - James Fitzmaurice, Irish aviation pioneer (b. 1898)
1966 - Helen Kane, actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), dies of cancer at 62
1968 - Daniel Johnson, Sr., French-Canadian politician (b. 1915)
1971 - Muriel Kirkland, actress (Nana, Fast Workers), dies of emphysema at 68
1972 - Charles J Correll, actor/voice (Calvin & the Colonel), dies at 82
1973 - Anton Schnack, German writer/poet, dies at 81
1976 - Lavoslav Ružička, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
1978 - Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
1979 - Arthur Hunnicutt, actor (Big Sky, Apache Uprising), dies at 68
1979 - John Cromwell, actor/director (Of Human Bondage), dies at 91
1979 - Seymour Shifrin, composer, dies at 53
1982 - Alec Hurwood, cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), dies
1983 - Tino Rossi, French singer, dies
1984 - Walter Pidgeon, actor (Forbidden Planet), dies of strokes at 87
1984 - Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1948)
1986 - Hugh Franklin, American soap opera actor (b. 1916)
1989 - Pavlos Bakoyannis, Greek parliament leader, murdered in Rome
1990 - Alberto Moravia, Italian writer (Woman in Red), dies at 82
1991 - Billy Vaughn, American bandleader (b. 1919)
1992 - Ralph Manheim, translator (Mein Kampf), dies at 85
1993 - James Boyden, British Labour MP (1959-79), dies at 82
1994 - Jessie Kesson, author, dies at 77
1994 - Maurice Ashley, historian, dies at 87
1994 - Miguel Angel Martinez Soto, mariachi, dies at 22
1996 - Geoffrey Wilkinson, chemist, dies at 75
1996 - George Henderson, priest/politician, dies at 74
1996 - Mark Frankel, actor (Leon the Pig Farmer), dies on motorcycle at 34
1998 - Betty Carter, American singer (b. 1930)
1999 - Oseola McCarty, American philanthropist (b. 1908)
2000 - Richard Mulligan, American actor (b. 1932)
2000 - Baden Powell, Brazilian guitarist (b. 1937)
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
Golfer Byron NelsonGolfer Byron Nelson (2006) 2006 - Byron Nelson, American golfer (b. 1912)
2006 - Iva Toguri D'Aquino, alleged Tokyo Rose (b. 1916)
2007 - Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (b. 1913)
2007 - Bill Wirtz, American sports team owner (b. 1929)
2008 - Paul Newman, American actor (b. 1925)
2008 - Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)
2010 - Gloria Stuart, American actress dies from respiratory failure at 100
2011 - Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)
2012 - Johnny Lewis, American actor, dies from injuries from a fall at 28

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