On this day in history, September 26

Read on to learn about the historic events that occurred on September 26.

  • 1909– Bill France, an American auto racer, was born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1914 – The establishment of U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
  • 1932 – Mahatma Gandhi broke his death fast after 6 days and 5 hrs following the British Government’s approval of the compromise plan on the privileges of Indian Untouchables in legislative elections.
  • 1955 –  In 1929, U.S. President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack resulting in the worst decline of The New York Stock Exchange.
  • 1960 – In Chicago, the first televised debate took place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
  • 1961 – James Meredith, an African-American student, was tried for the third time to register for classes at the University of Mississippi but got turned away by Governor Paul Johnson in defiance of the US.
  • 1963 – The most wide-ranging tax reform cuts in history were passed by the house, waiting to become law by spring.
  • 1965 – Queen Elizabeth II appointed the four members of The Beatles Pop Group for the MBEs.
  • 1981 – The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.
  • 1981 – American tennis player Serena Williams was born.
  • 1986 – The airing of the episode of “Dallas” which portrayed Bobby Ewing returning from the dead.
  • 1991 – Kimberly Bergalis’ plea concerning mandatory AIDS testing for health care workers was heard by The U.S. Congress.
  • 2000 – The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 2001 – Protesters stormed the American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • 2006 – The opening of Facebook to everyone at least 13 years or older with a valid email address.
  • 2008 – American actor, director, race car driver and businessman, Paul Newman died.
  • 2011 – A number of the Dead Sea Scrolls were published by Israel’s national museum and Google.
  • 2012 –  Uruguay’s lower house of Congress voted to legalize abortion.
  • 2013 –  The formation of the Indigenous Advisory Council in Australia was announced by the  Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.
  • 2016 – Actress Naomi Watts and actor Liv Schreiber announced their separation.

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