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.
1493 – Pope Alexander VI issued the papal bull Dudum siquidem, the last of the Bulls of Donation, marking the beginning of the Spanish colonization of the Americas.
1687 – The Parthenon in Athens was partially destroyed during an armed conflict between the Venetians under Francesco Morosini and Ottoman forces.
1907 – The British Colony of New Zealand officially became a dominion to reflect its political independence since the 1850s.
1983 – The racing yacht Australia II, captained by John Bertrand, won the America’s Cup, ending the New York Yacht Club’s 132-year defense of the trophy.
2008 – Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy flew a wingpack powered by jet engines across the English Channel.
Linda Hamilton turns 62
Jim Caviezel turns 50
Serena Williams turns 37
Talulah Riley turns 33