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 270th day of the year! We’re slowly getting through the year, and now have only 96 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about September 26th in history!


What memorable events happened on September 26 in history? Keep reading to find out!


The World Health Organization announced that they would give measles vaccinations to 800,000 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

OTD in 2019: The World Health Organization announced that they would give measles vaccinations to 800

This announcement was made after reports showed that 3,500 people died each year from the disease.


Epic Games released the video game Fortnite Battle Royale.


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


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

He completed the 26.2 miles at the Toronto Marathon in just 2 hours, 54 minutes, and 48 seconds.


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


Nintendo released Super Mario 64, one of their most iconic Mario games.

Super Mario 64 was the first 3D Mario game. Not only was it the reason for the Nintendo 64’s wild success as a console, but it was the direct inspiration for the concept of 3D platformer games, much like its predecessors were for 2D platformers.


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


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


The Beatles released Abbey Road, the last album they recorded before breaking up.

It wasn’t their last album, though. “Let It Be” was recorded before Abbey Road but released later in 1970. Their infighting got so bad that John Lennon didn’t perform on some of the album’s tracks and quit the band before it was released.


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.


The US Congress abolished the gold dollar and three-dollar coins.


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


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


William II, the third son of William the Conquer, was crowned King of England.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Christina Milian? See what other famous people were born on this day.


Lilly Singh



Lilly Singh


35 years old

Born In:

Ontario, Canada


Olivia Newton-John



Olivia Newton-John

Died On:

Aug 8, 2022 (Age 73)

Born In:

England, UK


Christina Milian



Christina Milian


42 years old

Born In:

New Jersey, USA


Nev Schulman


Television Presenter

Nev Schulman


39 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


What is your favorite quote from September 26th? Here are the most noteworthy quotes said on this day in history.


I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Brazilian Lyricist


I didn’t grow up in the ocean, as a matter of fact – er, near the ocean. I grew up in the desert. Therefore, it was a pleasant contrast to see the ocean.

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

American Politician


The savage in man is never quite eradicated.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

American Naturalist

Special Holidays

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

September 26: National Johnny Appleseed Day
United States

National Johnny Appleseed Day

Born on this day in 1774, Johnny Appleseed is best known for planting apple trees all over the US. Celebrate this real-life folk hero today by using apples in any way you can. Brew some cider, bake an apple pie, press some fresh apple juice or even plant a new apple tree!

September 26: Human Resource Professional Day
United States

Human Resource Professional Day

We go about our regular work day with little thought about one particular team that really keeps everything shipshape around the office. These mighty humans rarely get the praise they deserve for keeping everyone sane and organized, so make sure you thank HR today!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

There are currently more than a million people living underneath the streets of Beijing.

Birthday & Zodiac

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

Libra is represented by the scales. The scales are the only inanimate object out of all the zodiacs, and just like scales, Libras are obsessed with symmetry and have a passion for perfect balance.

For those of you born in September, you have the Sapphire birthstone. Sapphires are associated with royalty and romance. They’re said to symbolize fidelity and the soul.

If your birthday falls on this day, you would’ve likely been conceived around January 3 in the same year.

A baby that is conceived on September 26, 2024, will be due around June 19, 2025.


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