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This Day in History – September 26

1772 – New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine.

1789 – Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Secretary of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice, Edmund J. Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General.

1831 – Robert Montgomery Bird’s “Gladiator” premieres in NYC.

1861 – 2nd British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Sr. shoots a 163 at Prestwick Club.

1872 – The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City.

1892 – 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa’s band (NJ).

1914 – Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce.

1925 – 8th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Olympia Fields CC, Matteson, Ill.

1947 – Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series.

1950 – Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year.

1953 – US & Spain sign defense treaty (4 US bases in Spain)

1955 – NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929.

1960 – 1st of 4 TV debates between Nixon & Kennedy took place (Chicago).

1962 – TV comedy series “Beverly Hillbillies” premiers on CBS.

1964 – “Gilligan’s Island”, starring Bob Denver as Gilligan, debuts on CBS.

1979 – NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms.

1986 – William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Chief Justice of Supreme Court.

1993 – Seattle’s Randy Johnson joins 300-strikeout club.

1996 – Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), lands.

2014 – World Health Organizations estimate the Ebola death toll has reached 3,091 – with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone hit hardest.

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