On This Day

What Happened on September 26

Important Events

  • 1580 Frances 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
  • More Historical Events

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

Do you know this fact about today?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 this fact about today?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
More Weddings & Divorces