Today in History
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2018. There are 96 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 26, 1960, the first-ever debate between presidential nominees took place as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon faced off before a national TV audience from Chicago.
On this date:
In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.
In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was confirmed by the Senate to be the first United States secretary of state; John Jay, the first chief justice; Edmund Randolph, the first attorney general.
In 1892, John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, New Jersey.
In 1955, following word that President Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack, the New York Stock Exchange saw its worst price decline since 1929.
In 1957, the musical play “West Side Story” opened on Broadway.
In 1962, Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers stole his 100th base during a 13-1 victory over the Houston Colt .45s. “The Beverly Hillbillies” premiered on CBS.
In 1977, Sir Freddie Laker began his cut-rate “Skytrain” service from London to New York. (The carrier went out of business in 1982.)
In 1986, William H. Rehnquist was sworn in as the 16th chief justice of the United States, while Antonin Scalia joined the Supreme Court as its 103rd member.
In 1990, the Motion Picture Association of America announced it had created a new rating, NC-17, to replace the X rating.
In 1991, four men and four women began a two-year stay inside a sealed-off structure in Oracle, Arizona, called Biosphere 2. (They emerged from Biosphere on this date in 1993.)
In 1997, a Garuda Indonesia Airbus A-300 crashed while approaching Medan Airport in north Sumatra, killing all 234 people aboard.
In 2003, President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO’-tihn) opened a two-day summit at Camp David.
Ten years ago: Hollywood screen legend and philanthropist Paul Newman died in Westport, Conn. at age 83. In their first debate of the presidential campaign, held at the University of Mississippi, Republican John McCain portrayed himself as a battle-tested elder running against a naive rookie, while Democrat Barack Obama suggested McCain was a hothead who’d made the wrong choices on the Iraq war, corporate taxes and more. Swiss pilot Yves Rossy leapt from a plane over Calais, France, and crossed the English Channel on a homemade jet-propelled wing in 13 minutes.
Five years ago: It was revealed that some workers at the National Security Agency had misused the government’s secret surveillance systems at least 12 times over the previous decade, including instances where they spied on spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, according to embarrassing new details disclosed by the agency’s inspector general. The U.S. and its international partners emerged from a U.N. meeting with Iran declaring a “window of opportunity” had opened to peacefully settle their nuclear standoff. Bud Selig announced plans to retire as baseball commissioner in January 2015.
One year ago: Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee announced that he would not seek re-election. Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore won the state’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate, defeating incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who’d been backed by President Donald Trump. (Moore would lose the December special election to Democrat Doug Jones.) Amid criticism that the federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was insufficient, the administration said it was sending a flotilla of ships and thousands more military personnel to the island to address the growing humanitarian crisis there, and President Donald Trump announced that he would visit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands the following week. Saudi Arabia announced that women would be allowed to drive for the first time, starting in the summer of 2018.
Today’s Birthdays: Retired baseball All-Star Bobby Shantz is 93. Actor Philip Bosco is 88. Actor Richard Herd is 86. Country singer David Frizzell is 77. Actor Kent McCord is 76. Television host Anne Robinson is 74. Singer Bryan Ferry is 73. Actress Mary Beth Hurt is 72. Singer Olivia Newton-John is 70. Actor James Keane is 66. Rock singer-musician Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos) is 64. Country singer Carlene Carter is 63. Actress Linda Hamilton is 62. Country singer Doug Supernaw is 58. Rhythm-and-blues singer Cindy Herron (En Vogue) is 57. Actress Melissa Sue Anderson is 56. Actor Patrick Bristow is 56. Rock musician Al Pitrelli is 56. Singer Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl) is 56. TV personality Jillian Barberie is 52. Contemporary Christian guitarist Jody Davis (Newsboys) is 51. Actor Jim Caviezel is 50. Actress Tricia O’Kelley is 50. Actor Ben Shenkman is 50. Actress Melanie Paxon is 46. Singer Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) is 46. Music producer Dr. Luke is 45. Jazz musician Nicholas Payton is 45. Actor Mark Famiglietti is 39. Singer-actress Christina Milian is 37. Tennis player Serena Williams is 37. Actress Zoe Perry is 35.
Thought for Today: “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” — George Santayana, American philosopher (born 1863, died this date in 1952).