On This Day In History, 26 September

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World Events Today

  • The British ocean liner RMS Queen Mary was launched today in 1934, it now serves as a tourist attraction at the port of Long Beach in the United States
  • Concorde made its first non-stop flight across the Atlantic today in 1973, it flew from Washington to Paris in less than half the time of a typical passenger jet
  • The Oktoberfest bombing occurred today in 1980 in Munich, the terrorist attack killed 12 people and injured more than 200 others

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American sitcom television series The Beverly Hillbillies aired for the first time today in 1962 on the CBS network
  • The British musical drama movie Oliver, starring Mark Lester as Oliver, was released today in 1968, it won 6 Academy Awards
  • The original version of the American television series Knight Rider, starring David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, aired for the first time today in 1982 on the NBC network

Family Events Today

  • The English actress and singer Dame Olivia Newton-John, star of the movie Grease, was born today in 1948 in Cambridge
  • The American tennis player Serena Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, was born today in 1981 in Michigan
  • The American actor Paul Newman, who starred in many movies, including The Color of Money, The Hustler and Cool Hand Luke, died today in 2008 aged 83

Main Event Today

  • The English sea captain Sir Francis Drake, onboard the Golden Hind, sailed into Plymouth harbour today in 1580, he was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Dumpling Day

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