1777: During the American Revolutionary War, British troops are occupying Philadelphia in Pennsylvania on this day.
1789: On this day, Thomas Jefferson is made the first U.S Secretary of State. Also occurring on this day: Samuel Osgood is appointed the first U.S Postmaster General, John Jay is appointed as the first Chief Justice of the U.S and Edmund Randolph is appointed as the first U.S Attorney General.
1905: Albert Einstein publishes his first paper that laid out his special theory of relativity for all of the world to see.
1914: The U.S Federal Trade Commission – also known as the FTC – is started by the Federal Trade Commission Act.
1917: During WWI, this day is when the Battle of Polygon Wood starts.
1933: Machine Gun Kelly surrenders to the F.B.I and inadvertantly coined the term G-man when he shouted out to the agents the following phrase: “Don’t shoot; G-Men!”
1944: During World War II, Operation Market Garden fails to achieve its objective on this day.
1950: The city of Seoul is recaptured from North Korean forces by the U.N.
1950: Indonesia is admitted into the U.N.
1969: The last recorded album from the Beatles – Abbey Road – is released on this day.
1984: The U.K and China agree that the sovereignty of Hong Kong should take place in 1997.
2014: In Iguala, Mexico a mass kidnapping takes place.
Famous Birthdays on September 26
English Nobel Prize laureate, poet, playwright and critic T.S. Eliot is born in 1888.
Irish cartoonist Gordon Brewster is born in 1889.
American actress Gladys Brockwell is born in 1894.
Pope Paul VI is born in 1897.
English-Australian actress and singer-songwriter Olivia Newton-John is born in 1948.
American novelist Jane Smiley is born in 1949.
American singer Shawn Stockman is born in 1972.
American singer-songwriter Marty Casey is born in 1973.
American actress and screenwriter Julienne Davis is born in 1973.