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What are the important events that happened on September 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

September 26: Facts & Myths About This Day

September 26 is the 270th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 96 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 13, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,580,800 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaheptacontagon’ day.

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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 124 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,375 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 26 Historical Events

  • 1783
    The first battle of Shays’ Rebellion begins.
  • 1908
    Ed Reulbach becomes the first and only pitcher to throw two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1914
    The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is established by the Federal Trade Commission Act.
  • 1970
    The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acre.
  • 1983
    Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a likely worldwide nuclear war by correctly identifying a report of an incoming nuclear missile as a computer error and not an American first strike.

Who were born on September 26?

  • 1893
    Gladys Brockwell, American actress (d. 1929)
  • 1976
    Tyler Denk, American model and reality show contestant
  • 1977
    André Hunger, German artist and designer
  • 1979
    Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 1982
    Miguel Alfredo Portillo, Argentine footballer

Who died on September 26?

  • 1937
    Bessie Smith, American singer (b. 1894)
  • 1976
    Lavoslav Ružička, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1984
    Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1948)
  • 2004
    Marianna Komlos, professional wrestling valet (b. 1969)
  • 2011
    Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)

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