September 26 in Pop Culture History

September 26th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

September 26th History Highlights

  • 1580 – Francis Drake completed his circumnavigation of the Earth.
  • 1789 – George Washington appointed Thomas Jefferson the first United States Secretary of State.
  • 1957 – West Side Story debuted on Broadway
  • 1960 – The first televised Presidential Debate took place between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
  • 1969 – Abbey Road, the last album by The Beatles, was released.
  • If you were born on September 26th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 3rd (same year)

Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss died on September 26, 1902, at the age of 73, and never married.
Ironically he didn’t get to pass his genes on to the next generation

September 26th is…

Astronomy Day
Johnny Appleseed Day
Love Note Day
Pancake Day

September 26th Birthday Quotes

“Everyone gets the experience. Some get the lesson.”
– T. S. Eliot

“Do not worry at being worried; but accept worry peacefully. Difficult but not impossible.”
– Johnny Appleseed

“There is no fountain of youth, What you put into your body is what you get out of it. You would not feed your dog a coffee and doughnut for breakfast followed by a cigarette. You will kill the damn dog.”
– Jack LaLanne

“It’s fabulous when you do that, when you discover somebody who you like when you kind of feel those feelings, even though he articulates them better.”
– Bryan Ferry

“Life is a lot like jazz. It’s best when you improvise.”
– George Gershwin

September 26th Birthdays

1774 – Johnny Appleseed, American gardener, and environmentalist (died in 1845)
1888 – T.S. Eliot, English poet, playwright and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1965)
1898 – George Gershwin, American pianist, and composer (died in 1937)
1901 – George Raft, American actor (died in 1980)
1914 – Jack LaLanne, American fitness expert (died in 2011)
1925 – Marty Robbins, American singer-songwriter and actor (died in 1982)
1926 – Julie London, American singer, and actress (died in 2000)
1941 – Martine Beswick, Jamaican-English model, and actress
1945 – Bryan Ferry, English singer-songwriter
1946 – Louise Simonson, American comic book author
1956 – Linda Hamilton, American actress
1962 – Melissa Sue Anderson, American-Canadian actress
1967 – Shannon Hoon, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 1995)
1968 – Jim Caviezel, American actor

September 26th History

1933 – Gangster Machine Gun Kelly surrendered to the FBI and shouted out, “Don’t shoot, G-Men!”, which becomes a nickname for FBI agents.

1957 – West Side Story opened on Broadway.

1960 – Longest speech in UN history at 4 hours and 29 minutes, was given by Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

1960 – American presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon debate on live television and radio. Radio listeners said that Nixon won, and television viewers gave the win the Kennedy. Look good, people!

1960 – #1 Hit September 26, 1960 – October 9, 1960: Connie Francis – My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own

1962 – The Beverly Hillbillies premiered on CBS.

1964 – #1 Hit September 26, 1964 – October 16, 1964: Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman

1964 – Gilligan’s Island premiered on CBS. Although scheduled for the fourth season, CBS changed the hour-long Gunsmoke to Mondays, displacing the 7 castaways.

1968 – Broadcast premiere of Hawaii Five-O on CBS

1969- The last Beatles album, Abbey Road, was released in the US.

1969 – The Brady Bunch debuted on ABC.

1982 – Knight Rider premiered on NBC

1982 – At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert premiered, in syndication

1987 – #1 Hit September 26, 1987 – October 9, 1987: Whitney Houston – Didn’t We Almost Have It All

1990 – Cop Rock debuted on ABC

1990 – The Motion Picture Association of America announced a new rating of NC-17 to apply to adult films, replacing the “X” rating.

1992 – Roseanne Barr got her star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

1995 – George magazine premiered, published by John F Kennedy Jr.

2001 – Star Trek Enterprise premiered on UPN

2010 (Volcano Eruption) Baroarbunga

2011 – History International was rebranded as H2 on cable television

2011 – On September 26th, 2011 Mikey Welsh posted on Twitter, “Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today” followed by, “Correction – the weekend after next”. He died October 8th, 2011 from a heart attack in his sleep in a hotel room. In Chicago.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Luke Skywalker went from wanting to join the imperial academy to blowing up the Death Star in like two days…

If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.

“My God! What’s happened?” – Diana, Princess of Wales #LastWords

Return of the Jedi was originally called “Revenge of the Jedi.”

Nintendo started out as a trading card company.

A group of Kids is called a Migraine.

“So Dawn’s in trouble. Must be Tuesday.” – Buffy Summers #TVQuotes

If everyone throws out their worthless Beanie Baby collection, they’ll eventually be rare and valuable.

When filming Return of the Jedi they used the name Blue Harvest to avoid press and fans trying to sneak onto the set.

The “g” in “bingo” is pronounced twice.

“I’m an excellent driver.” – Raymond Babbitt in Rain Man #moviequotes

How come ghosts only come out at night?

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