On This Day

On This Day in History for September 26 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1981 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1983 Cosmonauts Titov & Strekalov are saved from exploding Soyuz T-10
  • 1983 Lebanon premier Chafiq Wazzan offers to resigns
  • 1983 St Louis Card Bob Forsch 2nd no-hitter beats Montreal Expos, 3-0
  • 1983 Soviet military officer Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by judging supposed missile attack from the US an error
  • 1984 Britain & China initial agreement return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • 1984 Dutch Queen Beatrice opens University
  • 1984 Phila's Juan Samuel sets record for steals by a rookie with his 72nd

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1984 President Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1985 Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Libya
  • 1986 Antonin Scalia, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1986 William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Chief Justice of Supreme Court
  • 1988 Canada's Ben Johnson stripped of his 100-m gold failing drug test
  • 1988 NYC's Rockefeller Center declared a national landmark
  • 1988 Polish communist party picks propaganda chief Rakowski as new PM
  • 1988 US space shuttle STS-26 launched

  • 1989 Last Vietnamese soldiers leave Cambodia

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1989 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons

President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat Eduard Shevardnadze
President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat
Eduard Shevardnadze
  • 1990 Motion Picture Association of America creates new NC-17 rating
  • 1991 2 year experimental Biosphere 2 in Oracle Arizona begins
  • 1992 Nigerian Air Force Hercules C-130 crashes three minutes after take-off from Lagos, Nigeria, killing 163
  • 1992 Tsuruhiko Kiuchi rediscovers Comet Swift-Tuttle, the first time it has been spotted since 1862
  • 1993 Seattle's Randy Johnson joins 300-strikeout club
  • 1994 Estonia government of Laar flees
  • 1994 Switzerland bans racist propaganda

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1995 "George" magazine premieres, published by John F. Kennedy Jr

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • 1996 Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), lands
  • 1997 An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse
  • 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

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

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • 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.
  • 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

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2016 First US Presidential debate: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton vs Republican Donald Trump at Hofstra University

US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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

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