September

September 26: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on September 26

September 26th is also known as Human Resource Professional Day and Johnny Appleseed Day.

Welcome to the 269th day of the year! We’re slowly getting through the year, and now have only 96 days until we reach the new year.

Everyone who was born on September 26th shares the same zodiac sign, Libra.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate this day as we spend a few moments learning about some of the important historical events that happened on September 26th throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1949, the iconic Hollywood sign was changed to how we know it today? It initially said “Hollywoodland,” but the “land” was removed during renovations.

Keep reading for more facts about September 26th in history!

What Happened On September 26 In History?

2019

The World Health Organization announced that they will give measles vaccinations to 800,000 children in the DR Congo.

This announcment was made after reports showed that 3,500 people were dying each year from the disease.
Source BBC
2017

Epic Games released the video game Fortnite Battle Royale.

2017

Saudi Arabia became the last country in the world to lift a ban on women driving cars.

2004

Ed Whitlock became the world’s first person over 70 to run a marathon in under 3 hours.

He completed the 26.2 miles in just 2 hours 54 minutes and 48 seconds at Toronto Marathon.
Source NY Times
1997

The Umbria and Marche earthquake occured in Italy, killing 11 people and injuring 100.

1983

Cosmonauts Titov & Strekalov narrowly escaped Soyuz T-10 spacecraft explosion.

1973

Concorde made its first nonstop trip across the Atlantic from Washington D.C, US to Paris, France in a record-breaking time of 3 hours and 32 minutes.

Source Time
1949

The iconic Hollywoodland sign was changed to just Hollywood as we know it today.

OTD in 1949: The iconic Hollywoodland sign was changed to just Hollywood as we know it today.
1687

The famous Parthenon building in Athens, Greece was damaged due to an attack by the Venetian army attempting to remove Turks who turned the building into a mosque.

OTD in 1687: The famous Parthenon building in Athens
1580

Sir Frances Drake completed his famous circumnavigation of the world when he sailed into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind.

Did you know that on this day, September 26th 1949, the iconic Hollywood sign was changed to how we know it today?