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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, 409,680 hours 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

  • 1872
    The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) is established in New York City.
  • 1907
    New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire.
  • 1918
    World War I: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the bloodiest single battle in American history, begins.
  • 1971
    The Freetown Christiania was founded.
  • 2002
    The overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of The Gambia killing more than 1,000.

Who were born on September 26?

  • 1867
    Winsor McCay, American animator (d. 1934)
  • 1948
    Olivia Newton-John, English-born Australian singer and actress
  • 1953
    Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer
  • 1988
    Mark Simpson, English clarinetist and composer
  • 1989
    Nesma Mahgoub, Egyptian singer

Who died on September 26?

  • 1820
    Daniel Boone, American frontiersman (b. 1734)
  • 1904
    Lafcadio Hearn, Greek writer (b. 1850)
  • 1957
    Arthur Powell Davies, American religious minister (b. 1902)
  • 1983
    Tino Rossi, French singer and actor (b. 1907)
  • 1987
    Ramang, Indonesian former footballer (b. 1928)

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