On This Day — September 26th
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