Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2018. There are 96 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 26, 1960, the first-ever televised presidential debate in US history between presidential nominees took place as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon faced off before a national audience. As the two candidates sparred, it was obvious that Kennedy was more telegenic and most considered him the winner, as the era dawned when TV became a political kingmaker.
On this date:
In 1687, a Venetian mortar round almost wiped out the grand and glorious Parthenon of Athens. Having withstood the tumult of more than 2,000 years, it was nearly destroyed when the mortar round ignited Ottoman Turk gunpowder stored inside. Fourteen columns fell, the roof caved in, and myriad ancient sculptures were lost in the blast.
In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.
In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was confirmed by the Senate to be the first United States secretary of state; John Jay, the first chief justice; Edmund Randolph, the first attorney general.
In 1892, John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, New Jersey.
In 1955, following word that President Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack, the New York Stock Exchange saw its worst price decline since 1929.
In 1957, Romeo and Juliet met on the mean streets of New York when New York’s Winter Garden was overrun with Sharks and Jets as ‘West Side Story’ began its Broadway run. The musical, a gritty and controversial updating of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of young love, was a modest stage hit, but its 1961 film adaptation was a smashing sensation.
In 1962, Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers stole his 100th base during a 13-1 victory over the Houston Colt .45s and “The Beverly Hillbillies” premiered on CBS.
In 1986, William H. Rehnquist was sworn in as the 16th chief justice of the United States, while Antonin Scalia joined the Supreme Court as its 103rd member.
In 1991, four men and four women began a two-year stay inside a sealed-off structure in Oracle, Arizona, called Biosphere 2. (They emerged from Biosphere on this date in 1993.)
Thought for Today: “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” — George Santayana, American philosopher (born 1863, died this date in 1952).