On This Day

What Happened on September 26

Historical Events

  • 1580 Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind
  • 1687 Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, damaging the Parthenon
  • 1687 City council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution
  • 1815 Russia, Prussia and Austria sign the Holy Alliance
  • 1901 Great Britain annexes the Ashanti Kingdom and places it under the governor of the Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1918 Beginning of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, more than 1 million American soldiers in the largest and most costly offensive of WWI
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Sep 26 in Film & TV

  • 1968 "Oliver!" directed by Carol Reed and starring Mark Lester and Ron Moody premieres in London (Best Picture 1969)

Sep 26 in Music

  • 1969 The Beatles release "Abbey Road" album, their final recordings as a quartet

Sep 26 in Sport

  • 1983 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner

Did You Know?

Cuban leader Fidel Castro delivers a 4 hour and 29 minute long speech at the United Nations

On September 26, 1960

Would You Believe?

Soviet military officer Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by judging supposed missile attack from the US an error

On September 26, 1983

Famous Weddings

  • 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

Famous Divorces

  • 2016 Actress Naomi Watts and actor Liv Schreiber announce their separation after 11 years together

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