This Day in History on 26 September

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 26 September. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

BC 46: Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his legendary ancestor Venus Genetrix.

1777: American Revolutionary War: British troops invaded Philadelphia.

1905: Albert Einstein published the first article on the special theory of relativity.

1910: Indian journalist Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai is arrested after publishing criticism of the government of Travancore and is exiled.

1919: Rotary Club’s first Indian meeting was held.

1931: At Lancashire, Gandhi sees textile workers hurt by Indian boycott but says home spinning must go on.

1932: Gandhiji breaks fast on Indian government’s acceptance of his demand regarding Harijans.

1950: Indonesia joined the United Nations.

1954: Toya Maru was swept away by a storm in Japan. 1,172 people died.

1973: The Concorde (turbojet passenger airliner), which travels faster than sound, crossed the Atlantic Ocean in record time without stopping.

1975: Constitution (39th Amendment) Bill 1975, placing election of the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Speaker of the Lok Sabha beyond the scrutiny of the judiciary, approved by Parliament.

1979: Charan Singh launches a new party called the Lok Dal.

1984: Britain and China agreed that Hong Kong would revert to Chinese rule when the lease expires in 1997.

1985: P.T. Usha sets record for 100m (Women) in 11.39 seconds at Jakarta.

1990: Ranganath Mishra became the 21st Chief Justice of India.

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Indian philosopher
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Indian philosopher

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1793: Rani Rashmoni, great nationalist and social worker, was born in Kona village, 24 Parganas (north), West Bengal. He was the father of Bengali prose and gave the Bengalees their first Primer in 1855.

1820: Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, an Indian educator, and social reformer.

1849: Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, Nobel Prize-winning Russian scientist.

1858: Manilal Nathubhai Trivedi, Indian author.

1870: Christian X, King of Denmark.

Ghulam Bhik Nairang, Indian poet
Ghulam Bhik Nairang, Indian poet

1876: Ghulam Kabir Nairang, Indian poet, lawyer, and politician.

1888: T. S. Eliot, American-born British poet, playwright, critic, and Nobel laureate.

1889: Martin Heidegger, a German philosopher and a seminal thinker in the Continental tradition of philosophy.

Dev Anand, Indian actor
Dev Anand, Indian actor

1894: Acharya Shankar Dattatreya Javadekar, Indian commentator and philosopher.

1904: R. V. Jagirdar, famous Kannad play writer, was born.

1909: Bill France Sr., founder of NASCAR.

1918: Eric Morley, a British businessman, and the founder of the Miss World pageant.

Manmohan Singh, Indian economist and politician
Manmohan Singh, Indian economist and politician

1923: Dev Anand, Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2011)

1927: James Robert Cade, an American physician, university professor, research scientist, and inventor.

1932: Manmohan Singh, an Indian economist, academic, and politician who served as the 13th Prime Minister of India.

1943: Ian Chappell, Australian cricketer.

1981: Serena Williams, American tennis player.

1962: Chunky Pandey, Indian actor

Death/ Death Anniversary

1902: Levi Strauss, a German-born American businessman, founder of the Levi Strauss Company.

1952: George Santayana, a Spanish philosopher.

1954: Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai, an Indian Tamil poet.

1956: Laxmanrao Kirloskar, great social reformer, industrialist, patriot and founder of the Kirloskar Industries, passed away at the age of 88.

1956: Laxmanrao Kirloskar, great social reformer, industrialist, patriot and founder of the Kirloskar Industries, passed away at the age of 88.

1977: Uday Shankar (Chowdhury), producer and director of dance-based film ‘Kalpana’, passed away. He was the elder brother of Pandit Ravishankar. His main achievement was the blending of the Indian classical style with the Western Ballet and various folk dances.

1989: Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Indian singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1920)

2008: Paul Newman, American actor.

Further Reading

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