Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2017. There are 96 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On September 26, 1892, John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, New Jersey.

On this date:

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 1914, the Federal Trade Commission was established.

In 1937, the radio drama “The Shadow,” starring Orson Welles, premiered on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

In 1957, the musical play “West Side Story” opened on Broadway.

In 1960, the first-ever debate between presidential nominees took place as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon faced off before a national TV audience from Chicago.

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.)

Today’s Birthdays: Television host Anne Robinson is 73. Singer Olivia Newton-John is 69. Actress Linda Hamilton is 61. Actor Jim Caviezel (kuh-VEE’-zuhl) is 49. Singer Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) is 45. Singer-actress Christina Milian (MIHL’-ee-ahn) is 36. Tennis player Serena Williams is 36.