SEPTEMBER 26 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1872Max Ehrmann the American writer and poet was born on the 26th September 1872. Max Ehrmann is widely known for writing Desiderata (Latin = things desired) in 1927, an inspiring timelss prose poem containing wonderful words of wisdom to live by.

Max Ehrmann writer of Desiderata jacket suit & tie early 1900s sepia photo
Max Ehrmann, writer of Desiderata

1888 – T. S. Eliot the American-English publisher, playwright, and critic was born on the 26th September 1888 (died 1965). T. S. Elliot was a Nobel Prize laureate.

1934 – RMS Queen Mary was launched on the 26th day of September in 1934.

1943 – Ian Chappell the Australian cricketer was born on the 26th September 1943.

1945 – Bryan Ferry the English singer-songwriter from Roxy Music was born on the 26th September 1945.

1948 – Olivia Newton-John the English-Australian singer-songwriter and actress was born on the 26th September 1948.

1949 – Wendy Saddington the Australian singer from Chain was born on the 26th September 1949 (died 2013).

1969The Brady Bunch American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz was first broadcast on the 26th September 1969, until the 8th March 1974 on ABC. YouTube video: The Brady Bunch Theme Song From All Seasons: All of the intros and end credits from all 5 seasons of The Brady Bunch…

1973 – Concorde made its 1st non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time on the 26th day of September in 1973.

1983Stanislav Petrov aka Станисла́в Евгра́фович Петро́в the Russian retired lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces saved the World from a nuclear war the 26th September 1983. He was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile was being launched from the United States. Petrov judged the report to be a false alarm which prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large-scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the satellite warning system had malfunctioned due to sunlight.

1984 – The United Kingdom agreed to the handover of Hong Kong on the 26th day of September in 1984.

Today in History for September 26th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

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