This Day in History for 26th September

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 210

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 Parthenon damaged in war between Turks & Venetians
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)
1892 - Diamond Match Co patented book matches
1895 - Italian general Oreste Baratieri lands in Massawa, Eritrea
1898 - Victor Herbert/Harry Smith' musical premieres in NYC
1901 - Boer General Botha fails to capture Fort Itala in Natal
1901 - Great Britain annexes Gold Coast (Ghana)
1901 - The Ashanti Kingdom is annexed by Great Britain and placed under the governor of the Gold Coast
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 - Nazi's 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
Baseball Great Mickey MantleBaseball Great Mickey Mantle 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 - Musical "West Side Story," opens on Broadway
1957 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1958 - Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (England) in 18th America's Cup
1958 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 215

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)
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)
1902 - Umberto "Albert" Anastasia, US 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)
1936 - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician

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 - 91 of 91

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 - 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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