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26th September

1789 Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State.

1820 Frontiersman, Daniel Boone, died in Missouri.

1887 Emile Berliner was granted a patent for his gramophone.

1888 * T.S. Eliot, US-born poet and playwright who wrote Murder in the Cathedral (1935).

1898 * George Gershwin, US composer of many Hollywood musicals.

1944 British and Polish soldiers withdraw from Arnhem after days of fierce fighting.

1945 * Bryan Ferry, English singer with the pop group Roxy Music.

1948 * Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer who starred in the film Grease (1978).

1950 United Nations troops recaptured Seoul, the capital of South Korea, from the North Koreans.

1960 Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took part in the first televised presidential debate.

1973 Concorde made its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in the record-breaking time of three hours 32 minutes.

1983 Alan Bond's yacht Australia II became the first non-US winner of the America's Cup.

1984 Britain and China agreed that Hong Kong would revert to Chinese rule in 1997.

1997 Two earthquakes kill 10 people and severely damage priceless art treasures in central Italy.

2002 More than 1,000 died as Joola ferry capsized off the Gambia coast.

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