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On This Day in History - 26th September

Birthdays

1888T.S Eliot, Poet and playwright
1898George Gershwin, American composer
1943Ian Chappell, Australian cricketer
1945Bryan Ferry, British rock singer
1948Olivia Newton-John, Singer & film actress

Events

1887The worlds first gramaphone was patented in Germany
1934The liner 'Queen Mary' was launched in Clydebank, Scotland
1953Sugar rationing in Britain came to an end
1968Theatre censorship in Britain was abolished
1979Compulsary metrication in Britain was abandoned
1984The UK agreed to hand over the soverignty of Hong Kong to China in 1997
1988The Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal for drug taking
1990The Soviet parliament agreed on a Bill for allowing religious practices