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Wednesday September 26 2018

Historical events of September 26

2009US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy jointly accuse Iran of building a secrecy nuclear enrichment facility.
2008China launches Shenzhou 7 spacecraft; crew performs China's first extra-vehicular activity (EVA).
1996Ireland's last Magdalene laundry closes; begun as asylums to rehabilitate "fallen women," they increasingly took on prison-like qualities.
1992NASA launches Mars Observer probe; it failed 11 months later.
1983Maze Prison escape, County Antrim, Northern Ireland; 38 IRA prisoners escape in the largest prison breakout in British history; known among Irish republicans as the Great Escape.
1981Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, is sworn in.
1974Scientists warn that continued use of aerosol sprays will cause ozone depletion, which will lead to an increased risk of skin cancer and global weather changes.
1969Catherine Zeta-Jones, actress (The Darling Buds of May British TV series) won Academy Award and BAFTA Award for her role in Chicago.
1968Will Smith, rapper (known as The Fresh Prince, "Getting' Jiggy Wit It"), actor, producer; awards include four Grammys.
1965Scottie Pippen, pro basketball player (Chicago Bulls), played important role in Bull's record 72-win season (1995-96).
1964Maria Doyle Kennedy, actress (The Tudors), composer, singer, songwriter, musician.
1961Heather Locklear, actress (Dynasty, Melrose Place, Spin City TV series).
1959President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Khrushchev begin Camp David talks.
1956Kim Thompson, editor, publisher; co-founder of Fantagraphics Books.
1951Mark Hamill actor, voice actor, producer, director, writer (Luke Skywalker in Star Wars; voice of the Joker in Batman
1944Michael Douglas, actor, producer; his numerous awards include two Academy Awards (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Wall Street), four Golden Globes and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
1943The Red Army retakes Smolensk from the Germans who are retreating to the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.
1943Robert Gates, director of CIA under Pres. George H.W. Bush; Secretary of Defense (2006-11).
1942The War Labor Board orders equal pay for women in the United States.
1938President Franklin Roosevelt urges negotiations between Hitler and Czech President Benes over the Sudetenland.
1937German Chancellor Adolf Hitler meets with Italian Premier Benito Mussolini in Munich.
1936Juliet Prowse, dancer whose career spanned four decades and included work in stage, film and TV productions; (Can-Can; G.I Blues; Mona McCluskey TV series).
1933Ian Tyson, singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer; performed with Ian & Sylvia and Great Speckled Bird.
1932Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez, 1st Duke of Suarez, Grandee of Spain, Spain's first democratically elected prime minister following Francisco Franco's dictatorship.
1932Glenn Gould, concert pianist best known for his Bach interpretations.
1931Barbara Walters, television news personality and interviewer.
1918Brazil declares war on Austria.
1915An allied offensive is launched in France against the German Army.
1909The first National Aeronautic Show opens at Madison Square Garden.
1906Dimitri Shostakovich, Russian composer.
1897William Faulkner, Nobel Prize-winning writer (The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!).
1847Vinnie Ream, who sculpted President Abraham Lincoln from life shortly before he was assassinated.
1846American General Zachary Taylor's forces capture Monterey, Mexico.
1804The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the procedure of choosing the president and vice-president.
1789Congress proposes 12 new amendments to the Constitution.
1775British troops capture Ethan Allen, the hero of Ticonderoga, when he and a handful of Americans try to invade Canada.
1598In Sweden, King Sigismund is defeated at Stangebro by his Uncle Charles.
1396The last great Christian crusade, led jointly by John the Fearless of Nevers and King Sigismund of Hungary, ends in disaster at the hands of Sultan Bajazet I's Ottoman army at Nicopolis.
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