September 26 in history

September 26 events chronologically

715 Ragenfrid defeats Theudoald at the Battle of Compiègne
1087 William II is crowned King of England, and reigns until 1100
1212 Golden Bull of Sicily is issued to confirm the hereditary royal title in Bohemia for the Přemyslid dynasty
1345 Friso-Hollandic Wars: Frisians defeat Holland in the Battle of Warns
1371 Serbian–Turkish wars: The forces of the Ottoman sultan Murad I's lieutenant Lala Şahin Pasha and the Serbian army under the command of Vukašin Mrnjavčević and Jovan Uglješa clash at the Battle of Maritsa
1493 Pope Alexander VI issues the papal bull Dudum siquidem to the Catholic Monarchs, extending the grant of new lands he made them in Inter caetera
1580 Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth

Top 7 most famous people born on September 26

1888 T. S. Eliot an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets." He was born in Louis, Missouri to an old Yankee family. However he emigrated to England in 1914 and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39
1889 Martin Heidegger a German philosopher, widely seen as a seminal thinker in the Continental tradition, particularly within the fields of existential phenomenology and philosophical hermeneutics. From his beginnings as a Catholic academic, he developed a groundbreaking and widely influential philosophy. His relationship with Nazism has been a controversial and widely debated subject
1897 Pope Paul VI born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini , reigned from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding Pope John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements
1898 George Gershwin an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris , as well as the opera Porgy and Bess
1932 Manmohan Singh an Indian economist who served as the 14th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The first Sikh in office, Singh was the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term
1965 Petro Poroshenko the fifth and current President of Ukraine, in office since 2014. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2010, and as the Minister of Trade and Economic Development in 2012. From 2007 until 2012, Poroshenko headed the Council of Ukraine's National Bank
1981 Serena Williams an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013, becoming the oldest world 1 player in WTA's history. Williams is also regarded by some experts and former tennis players to be the greatest female tennis player in history. She is the only female player to have won over $60 million in prize money, and is the reigning US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles champion

Top 7 most famous people died on September 26

1940 Walter Benjamin a German philosopher and cultural critic. An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German idealism, Romanticism, historical materialism, and Jewish mysticism, Benjamin made enduring and influential contributions to aesthetic theory and Western Marxism. He is associated with the Frankfurt School
1945 Béla Bartók a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology
1952 George Santayana a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Santayana was raised and educated in the United States and identified himself as an American, although he always kept a valid Spanish passport. He wrote in English and is generally considered an American man of letters. At the age of forty-eight, Santayana left his position at Harvard and returned to Europe permanently, never to return to the United States. His last wish was to be buried in the Spanish pantheon in Rome
1973 Anna Magnani an Italian stage and film actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, along with four other international awards, for her portrayal of a Sicilian widow in The Rose Tattoo
1990 Alberto Moravia an Italian novelist and journalist. His novels explored matters of modern sexuality, social alienation, and existentialism
2008 Paul Newman an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards , a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing
2010 Gloria Stuart an American actress and artist. Stuart began her acting career in the theater. In the 1930s and 1940s, she performed in little theater and summer stock on both coasts. Her career in the movies spanned from 1932 to 2004—with a twenty-nine year break. Her iconic film role was the 100-year-old Old Rose in the Academy Award-winning film Titanic. In recognition of this work, she was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress. At eighty-seven she was the oldest person nominated in a supporting role up to that time