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26 September

715 – Francia – Battle of Compiègne (Frankish Civil War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Compi%C3%A8gne

1087 – England – Coronation of William II. http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=william2

1143 – Rome – Guido di Castello became Pope Celestine II. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Celestine_II

1345 – Freisland – Battle of Warns (Third Friso-Hollandic War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Warns


1580 – England – Sir Francis Drake completed his circumnavigation of the earth. https://youtu.be/WEnz8Tws4wo http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/drake_francis.shtml

1917 – Belgium – Battle of Polygon Wood began (WWI). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Polygon_Wood

1918 – France – Meuse-Argonne Offensive began (WWI). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meuse-Argonne_Offensive

1932 – Greece – Earthquake measuring 7Mw, epicentre in Ierissos, 491 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1932_Ierissos_earthquake


1934 – UK – RMS Queen Mary launched. https://youtu.be/d8BLqFAR3dw http://www.ssmaritime.com/queenmary.htm

1941 – Bolivia – CAMB plane crashed at Challhuani Range, Andes, 5 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19410926-0


1944 – Netherlands – Battle of Arnhem ended (WWII). https://youtu.be/mP4IF2OY3Kc WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Arnhem

1945 – Myanmar – RAF plane crashed near Panglong, 4 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450926-2

1949 – Mexico – Mexicana de Aviación plane crashed at Mount Popocatepetl, 24 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19490926-0

1949 – UK – RAF plane crashed Beacon Hill, 3 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19490926-1

1950 – Japan – USAF plane crashed off Ashiya, 23 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19500926-1

1950 – Spain – Ejército del Aire plane crashed off Melilla AFB, 5 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19500926-2

1953 – Malaysia – RAF plane crashed at near Bertam, 8 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19530926-0

1953 – Colombia – Texaco plane crashed near Guarinocito, 4 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19530926-1

1953 – France – USAF plane crashed near Prades, 4 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19530926-2

1954 – Japan – Rail ferry Tōya Maru sank, 1153+ killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%8Dya_Maru


1959 – Japan – Typhoon Vera made landfall, 4,580 killed. https://youtu.be/gpAU7EpxZuU WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing  http://www.hurricanescience.org/history/storms/1950s/vera/

1959 – Ceylon – Prime Minister Bandaranaike assassinated. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._W._R._D._Bandaranaike

1962 – North Yemen – North Yemen Civil War began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Yemen_Civil_War


1970 – USA – Laguna Fire started. https://youtu.be/9vVFda1ubkQ WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laguna_Fire

1973 – USA/France – Concorde made first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/september/26/newsid_2539000/2539049.stm

1980 – Germany – Oktoberfest Terror Attack, 13 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest_terror_attack

1997 – Italy – Earthquake measuring 6.1Mw, epicentre in Umbria-Marche, 11 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_Umbria_and_Marche_earthquake

1997 – Indonesia – A garuda Indonesia Airbus crashed near Medan airport, 234 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19970926-0


2000 – Greece – MS Express Samina sank off coast of Paros, 80 killed. https://youtu.be/oCDGjn4YpQY WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Express_Samina

2002 – The Gambia – Ferry MV Le Joola capsized & sank, 1863 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Le_Joola


2008 – English Channel – Yves Rossy became first person to fly jet engine-powered wing across channel. https://youtu.be/x-Dbbp1_FJc http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7637327.stm

2009 – Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Thailand – Typhoon Ketsana hit, 700 killed. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/archives/2009/h2009_Ketsana.html