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On This Day — September 26

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September 26th is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 96 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Thursday or Friday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Sunday (56).

On this day in history:

1580 – Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth.

1905 – Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity.

1918 – World War I: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the bloodiest single battle in American history, begins.

1933 – As gangster Machine Gun Kelly surrenders to the FBI, he shouts out, “Don’t shoot, G-Men!”, which becomes a nickname for FBI agents.

1934 – Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched.

1960 – In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

1969 – Abbey Road, the last recorded album by The Beatles, is released.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Grease Star Olivia Newton John turns 69

Professional Tennis Player Serena Williams turns 36

Singer-Songwriter Christina Milian turns 36

Boyz II Men Member Shawn Stockman turns 45

Television Personality Megan McKenna turns 25

Happy Birthday to all September 26th babies!

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