Born on this Day 26th September
1887 Sir Barnes Wallis
1888 T.S Eliot
1898 George Gershwin
1939 Ricky Tomlinson
1944 Ann Robinson
1945 Bryan Ferry
1948 Olivia Newton-John
1957 Linda Hamilton
1981 Serena Williams
1982 Rob Burrow
1982 Jon Richardson
1985 Talulah Riley
1988 James Blake
1988 Mark Simpson
1989 Emma Rigby
1991 Dan Preston
Died On This Day
1820 Daniel Boone
1820 James Keir Hardie
1902 Levi Strauss
1957 Buddy Holly and the Crickets scored their only US no.1 with ‘That’ll Be The Day’.
1961 Bob Dylan made his debut at Gerde’s Folk City in New York.
1969 ‘Abbey Road’, the last album, the Beatles recorded together was released.
1981 Paul Di’anno left Iron Maiden and was replaced by Bruce Dickinson.
1929 Alex Cheyne of Aberdeen became the first footballer on record to score a goal direct from a corner, in the game between Scotland and England at Hampden Park.
1988 Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal for the 100 metres at the Seoul Olympics after failing a drugs test.
1992 The Malaysian rugby team lost 135-3 to South Korea. They were trailing 69-0 after the first half.
People & Showbiz
1580 Sir Francis Drake sailed into Plymouth in the Golden Hind, to become the first Englishman to sail around the world, a journey that took 33 months.
1948 Bob Hope made his debut on Ed Sullivan’s ‘Toast of the Town’ in the US.
1955 Actress Debbie Reynolds married singer Eddie Fisher.
1957 The Bernstein-Sondheim musical ‘West Side Story’ received its first performance in New York.
1968 ‘Hawaii Five O’ began its 12 year (270 episode) run on US TV, the longest of any US cop series.
1982 The first episode of cult US crime drama ‘Knight Rider’ was broadcast on US TV.
1988 Both ITV and BBC announced they would no longer screen beauty contests such as ‘Miss World’.
1892 The first Book matches were patented by the Diamond Match company of America.
1907 New Zealand, previously a colony of Britain, became a Dominion.
1934 The Queen Mary was launched at John Brown’s Yard, Clydebank, Scotland.
1940 Conscription came into force.
1977 Sir Freddie Laker’s cheap-rate ‘Skytrain’ took off from Gatwick for New York, with tickets priced at around £59.
2001 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat & Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalise a cease fire and end a year of fighting in the