On This Day

Historical Events on September 26 (Part 2)

  • 2000 Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 20,000 protesters) turned violent during the IMF and World Bank summits.
  • 2000 M/S Express Samina sinks off Paros in the Agean sea killing 80 passengers.
  • 2002 Overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of Gambia killing more than 1,000
  • 2004 Ed Whitlock becomes 1st person over 70 to complete a marathon in under 3 hours (2:54:48) at Toronto Marathon

Film Premier

2006 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

Historic Event

2007 Shinzō Abe formally ends his first term as Prime Minister of Japan

  • 2008 Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
  • 2009 Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.
  • 2010 TV Period drama "Downton Abbey" premieres in the UK created by Julian Fellowes, starring Hugh Bonnevillle and an ensemble cast
  • 2012 Syrian army massacres 40 civilians in Thiabieh, Damascus
  • 2012 Greek trade unions call a general strike to protest austerity measures
  • 2012 Japanese automakers suspend operations in China
  • 2014 World Health Organizations estimates that Ebola death toll has reached 3,091 - with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone hit hardest
  • 2017 Saudi Arabia announces it is overturning its ban on women driving - last country in the world to do so
  • 2017 Fights break out in Uganda's parliament during debate to raise presidential age limit
  • 2017 World's second-largest gem-quality diamond, the "Lesedi La Rona", sells for $53m
  • 2017 The video game Fortnite: Battle Royale is released, eventually becoming one of the most popular games worldwide
  • 2019 US Income inequality widest for over 50 years, worst in California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and New York, according to new census figures
  • 2019 WHO announces 800,000 children in DR Congo will be vaccinated in nine days in worlds's largest measles epidemic that has taken over 3,500 lives
  • 2019 Abortion is decriminalized in New South Wales, the last remaining Australian state to do so
  • 2020 108 pilot whales survive, while 350 die in Australia's largest mass stranding at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania
  • 2021 Switzerland votes to legalize same-sex marriage in nationwide referendum
  • 2021 Ryder Cup Golf, Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin: United States regain title beating Team Europe by a record, 19-9; Dustin Johnson 5-0-0
  • 2021 Laver Cup Men's Tennis, Boston: Team Europe whitewash Team World, 14-1; Team Europe wins title for a 4th consecutive edition; Andrey Rublev 3-0 for event high 6 points
  • 2021 German election: centre-left Social Democrats win most seats but not a majority over ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union without its retiring Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • 2021 74th Tony Awards: "Moulin Rouge!" Best Musical, " The Inheritance" Best Play, Aaron Tveit, Lois Smith and Adrienne Warren win