Today in History
September 26
1580Sir Francis Drake returns to Plymouth, England, aboard the Golden Hind, after a 33-month voyage to circumvent the globe.
1777 The British army launches a major offensive, capturing Philadelphia.
1786France and Britain sign a trade agreement in London.
1820The legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone dies quietly at the Defiance, Mo., home of his son Nathan, at age 85.
1826The Persian cavalry is routed by the Russians at the Battle of Ganja in the Russian Caucasus.
1829Scotland Yard, the official British criminal investigation organization, is formed.
1864 General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his men assault a Federal garrison near Pulaski, Tennessee.
1901 Leon Czolgosz, who murdered President William McKinley, is sentenced to death..
1913The first boat is raised in the locks of the Panama Canal.
1914The Federal Trade Commission is established to foster competition by preventing monopolies in business.
1918 German Ace Ernst Udet shoots down two Allied planes, bringing his total for the war up to 62.
1937Bessie Smith, known as the 'Empress of the Blues,' dies in a car crash in Mississippi.
1940During the London Blitz, the underground Cabinet War Room suffers a hit when a bomb explodes on the Clive Steps.
1941The U.S. Army establishes the Military Police Corps.
1950 General Douglas MacArthur's American X Corps, fresh from the Inchon landing, links up with the U.S. Eighth Army after its breakout from the Pusan Perimeter.
1955The New York Stock Exchange suffers a $44 million loss.
1960Vice President Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy participate in the first nationally televised debate between presidential candidates.
1961Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York singing debut at Gerde's Folk City.
1967 Hanoi rejects a U.S. peace proposal.
1969The Beatles last album, Abbey Road, is released.
1972Richard M. Nixon meets with Emperor Hirohito in Anchorage, Alaska, the first-ever meeting of a U.S. President and a Japanese Monarch.
1977Israel announces a cease-fire on Lebanese border.




Born on September 26
1783Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman), American pioneer.
1783Jane Taylor, children's writer best known as the author of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
1887Barnes Wallis, British aeronautical engineer who invented the "Bouncing Bombs" used to destroy German dams during World War II.
1888T.S. Eliot, poet, critic, and dramatist whose work includes The Waste Land and Murder in the Cathedral.
1898George Gershwin, composer who wrote many popular songs for musicals, along with his brother Ira.
1949Jane Smiley, novelist (A Thousand Acres, Moo).

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