September 26 is the 269th day of the year. There are 96 days remaining until the end of the year.
+ 1789 – Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first United States Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood is appointed the first United States Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed the first United States Attorney General.
+ 1905 – Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity.
+ 1914 – The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is established by the Federal Trade Commission Act.
+ 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.
+ 1981 – Baseball: Nolan Ryan sets a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter.
( Births )
+ 1897 – Pope Paul VI (d. 1978)
+ 1925 – Marty Robbins, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and race car driver (d. 1982)
+ 1932 – Donna Douglas, American actress (d. 2015)
+ 1941 – David Frizzell, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist
+ 1947 – Lynn Anderson, American singer and actress (d. 2015)
+ 1981 – Serena Williams, American tennis player