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1729 Moses Mendelssohn philosopher/critic/Bible translator
1774 John Chapman [Johnny Appleseed], frontier nurseryman
1820 Isvar Chandra Vidyasagar father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita)
1876 Edith Abbott dean U of Chic Social Sciences
1888 T.S. Eliot St Louis poet/dramatist/critic (Waste Land-Nobel 1948)
1889 Martin Heidegger Germany, Existentialist (Being & Time)
1891 Charles Munch Strasbourg Alsatian conductor (French Legion D'Honeur)
1895 Fay Holden Birmingham England, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films)
1897 Pope Paul VI 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78)
1898 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershvin] Bkln NY, composer (Rhapsody in Blue)
19-- Lorraine Lewis rocker (Femme Fatale)
19-- Rachel Jacobs Ririe Idaho, actress (It's Not Easy)
19-- Richard Herd Brighton Mass, actor (TJ Hooker, V)
19-- Todd Chase rocker (Tuff-What Comes Around Goes Around)
1901 Donald Cook Portland Ore, actor (Too Young To Go Steady)
1902 Albert Anastasia head of Murder Inc
1907 Ralph Michael London England, actor (Quest, Doctor in the House)
1914 Jack LaLanne exercise mogul
1919 Barbara Britton Long Beach, Calif, actress (Young & Willing)
1925 Bobby Shantz baseball player (1952 AL MVP)
1925 Marty Robbins Glendale Az, singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone)
1926 Julie London Santa Rosa Calif, actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency)
1927 Patrick O'Neal Ocala Fla, actor (Kaz, Alvarez Kelly, King Rat)
1930 Fritz Wunderlich Kusel Germany, tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58)
1930 Philip Bosco Jersey City, actor (Trading Places)
1932 Clifton C Williams Jr Mobile Alabama, Major USMC/astronaut
1932 Joyce Jameson Chicago Ill, comedienne (Spike Jones Show)
1933 Donna Douglas [Dot Smith], Pride La, actress (Beverly Hillbillies)
1942 Kent McCord LA Calif, actor (Officer Jim Reed-Adam 12)
1945 Brian Ferry England, rocker (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
1946 Mary Beth Hurt Iowa, actress (Garp, Change of Seasons)
1947 Graham Faulkner London, actor (Brother Sun Sister Moon)
1947 Lynn Anderson ND, country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden)
1947 Richard Roth US, 400m swim medley (Olympic-gold-1964)
1948 Olivia Newton-John Cambridge England, singer (I Honestly Love You, Physical)
1948 Vladimir Remek 1st Czechoslovakian space traveler (in Soyuz 28)
1952 James Keane Buffalo NY, actor (Willis Bell-Paper Chase)
1956 Linda Hamilton Salisbury Md, actress (Catherine-Beauty & the Beast)
1962 Melissa Sue Anderson Cal, actress (Little House on the Prairie)
1962 Tracey Thorn rocker (Everything But the Girls)
1963 Lysette Anthony London, actress (Angelique-Dark Shadows, Switch)
1964 Ty Miller Granada Hills Calif, actor (The Kid-The Young Riders)
1967 Martha Nix Orange County Calif, actress (Serena-Waltons)
1972 Shann Stockman [Slim], Phila Pa, rapper (Boyz II Men)

Deaths which occurred on September 26:

1820 Daniel Boone frontiersman, dies in Missouri at 85
1904 Lafcadio Hearn multinational author, dies
1937 Bessie Smith singer, dies of injuries sustained in car crash
1959 PM Solomon Bandaranaike of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) assassinated
1964 Calvin Thomas actor (Judge Hunter-One Man's Family), dies at 79
1972 Charles Correll actor (Calvin and the Colonel), dies at 82
1973 Anna Magnani actress, dies at 64
1990 Alberto Moravia Italian writer (Woman in Red), dies at 82


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On this day...

1687 Parthenon destroyed in war between Turks & Venetians
1777 British troops occupy Philadelphia during the American Revolution
1789 Jefferson appointed 1st Sec of State; John Jay 1st chief justice; Samuel Osgood 1st Postmaster & Edmund J Randolph 1st Attorney Genl
1824 Kapiolani defies Pele (Hawaiian volcano goddess) & lives
1835 The opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" is produced (Naples)
1890 US stops minting $1 & $3 gold coin & 3 piece
1892 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa's band (NJ)
1896 John Philip Sousa led band's 1st performance (Plainfield, NJ)
1906 Pitts Lefty Leifield no-hits Phillies, 8-0 in 6 inning game
1907 New Zealand becomes a dominion
1908 Ed Ruelbach shuts-out Dodgers in a doubleheader
1914 Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce
1918 Meuse-Argonne offensive against Germany began during WW I
1925 Italian sub "Sebastiano Veniero" lost off Sicily with 54 dead
1926 Shortest double header, Yanks lose 6-1 in 72 minutes & lose again 6-2 in 55 minutes to the Browns. Yanks had already clinched pennant
1934 British liner Queen Mary is launched
1947 Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series
1948 Boston Braves win 1st NL championship since 1914
1950 Because of forest fire in Br Columbia, blue moon appears in England
1950 UN troops in Korean War recaptured South Korean capital of Seoul
1952 Yanks clinch pennant #19
1954 Typhoon strikes Kakodate Bay Japan, killing over 1,600
1955 NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929
1957 Dag Hammarskj”ld re-elected secretary-general of the UN
1957 Musical "West Side Story," opens on Broadway
1958 Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (England) in 18th America's Cup
1959 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
1960 1st of 4 TV debates Nixon & Kennedy took place (Chicago)
1960 Longest speech in UN history (4 hrs, 29 mins, by Fidel Castro)
1961 Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record
1962 1st to steal 100 bases in a season (Maury Wills goes on to 104)
1962 TV comedy series "The Beverly Hillbillies" premiers on CBS
1962 Yemen Arab Republic proclaimed (National Day)
1966 "Staten Island," 1st icebreaker to enter SF bay
1968 Hawaii Five-O debuts as an hourly program on CBS
1968 St Louis Cards' Bob Gibson's 13th shutout, ends with 1.12 ERA
1969 Beatles release "Abbey Road" album
1972 American Museum of Immigration dedicated
1973 Concorde flies from Washington DC to Paris in 3h33m
1973 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors
1975 Phillies & NY Mets play a doubleheader that ends at 3:15 AM
1976 Phillies clinch their 1st NL East Division title
1977 Sir Freddie Laker begins cut-rate "Skytrain" service, London to NY
1978 RR clerks go on strike, halting more than 2/3s of rail service
1979 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million
1980 Cuban govt closes Mariel Harbor ending "freedom flotilla"
1980 Soyuz 38 returns to Earth
1981 Houston Astro Nolan Ryan 5th no-hitter beats LA Dodgers, 5-0
1983 Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks NY Giant record 56 yard field goal
1983 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race (1st non-US winner)
1983 Cosmonauts Titov & Strekalov are saved from exploding Soyuz T-10
1983 St Louis Card Bob Forsch 2nd no-hitter beats Montreal Expos, 3-0
1984 5,251 turn out to see the Phillies play the NY Mets at Shea Stadium
1984 Britain & China initial agreement return Hong Kong to China in 1997
1984 Pres Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa
1986 Antonin Scalia becomes a Supreme Court Justice
1986 William Rehnquist becomes Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
1986 Bobby (Patrick Duffy) returns to Dallas, his death is attributed to his wife Pam's bad dream (erases all of last season)
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
1990 Motion Picture Assn of America creates new NC-17 rating
1991 2 year experimental Biosphere 2 in Oracle Arizona begins


Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

New Zealand : Dominion Day
Sri Lanka : Bandaranaike Day (1959)
Yemen Arab Rep, Yemen Peo Dem Rep : Revolution Day (1962)
US : Gold Star Mother's Day (Last Sunday in September) - - - - - ( Sunday )
US : Good Neighbor Day (4th Sunday in September) - - - - - ( Sunday )
US : Press Sunday - - - - - ( Sunday )
US : American Indian Day (4th Friday in September) (1916) - - - - - ( Friday )
Khmer Republic : Ceremony of the Dead

Religious Observances

RC : Memorial of SS Cosmas & Damian, martyrs, patrons of MDs (opt)
Ang : Commemoration of Lancelot Andrewes, bishop of Winchester

Religious History

1774 Birth of pioneer environmentalist Jonathan Chapman (Johnny Appleseed). Distributing apple seeds and religious tracts from the Alleghenies to the Ohio Valley, Chapman's theology was strongly reminiscent of Swedenborgianism, which taught an empathy with the natural world.
1814 With over 1,000 delegates from 17 churches, the Flint River Association was established -- the first official Baptist organization of its kind in the history of Alabama.
1835 The Suwanee Association was formed, in Florida. Comprised of eight member churches, it was the first official Baptist organization in Florida history.
1897 Birth of Giovanni Battista Montini. He was ordained in 1920, named a cardinal in 1958, and in June 1963 chosen successor to John XXIII as Pope Paul VI. His 15 years as pontiff saw a widening application of the decisions first made at the Vatican II Ecumenical Council (1962-65).
1990 In Russia, the Supreme Soviet ended decades of religious repression with a new declaration, forbidding government interference in religious activities and giving citizens the right to study religion in homes and private schools.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (

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