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On This Day in History, 26 September

What Happened On This Day – 26 September

  • 1959 Typhoon Vera hits Japan

    The category five typhoon is thought to be the strongest typhoon to impact the island country in recorded history. The resulting rain, landslides, and damage caused the deaths of about 5000 people in Japan.

  • 1917 Battle of Polygon Wood begins

    Fought during World War I between the British and Australian troops and German army near Ypres in Belgium, the battle ended in an Allied victory.

  • 1914 Establishment of Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an independent government agency in the US, responsible for consumer and market protection was established by the Federal Trade Commission Act on this day.

  • 1810 Swedish Act of Succession is passed

    The Swedish Act of Succession, also known as the 1810 Act of Succession was adopted by the Riksdag of the Estates. This act is part of the Swedish Constitution and regulates the succession of the Swedish Royal family.

  • 1786 Protestors shut down the court in Springfield, Massachusetts starting the Shay's Rebellion

    Named after the rebellion's leader Daniel Shays, the revolt began as a response to an economic crisis where people who owed debt were imprisoned. After a bloody conflict, the Shaysites were crushed by the government. This was the first armed internal conflict in post-revolutionary America.

Births On This Day – 26 September

  • 1981 Serena Williams

    American tennis player

  • 1943 Ian Chappell

    Australian cricketer

  • 1897 Pope Paul VI

  • 1889 Martin Heidegger

    German philosopher

  • 1888 T. S. Eliot

    American/English publisher, playwright, critic, Nobel Prize laureate

Deaths On This Day – 26 September

  • 2008 Paul Newman

    American actor, director, race car driver, businessman, co-founded Newman's Own

  • 2003 Robert Palmer

    English singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1959 Leslie Morshead

    Australian soldier, businessman, educator

  • 1945 Béla Bartók

    Hungarian pianist, composer

  • 1820 Daniel Boone

    American explorer

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