European Day of Languages

On This Day - September 26th

In the northern hemisphere, September 26th takes us deeper into the fall, and while summer might be behind us, there are still plenty of reasons to get excited. September 26th is an important date for many people worldwide, not just because of birthdays and anniversaries! Let's take a look at some fascinating facts and figures about today that might just surprise you.

On this day

The Great Plague of London

The Great Plague of London hit its peak.

In 1665, September 26th was the height of the Great Plague of London. 7,165 people had died in the week leading unto today, and it's thought over 10,000 people passed away total. Sadly, as we all know too well, it wouldn't be the last contagious disease to rock London or even the world!

Prince William of Orange

Amsterdam voted to support Prince William.

In 1688, the City Council of Amsterdam decided to support Prince William of Orange’s English invasion by vote. It would become known as the Glorious Revolution in the Netherlands, and it’s an important marker in European conflict history.

Facts of New Zealand

New Zealand became a dominion.

In 1907, New Zealand and Newfoundland each became dominions of the British Empire. But, a little more on that later on – sit tight!

commonwealth of nations flag

The 1923 Commonwealth Conference took place.

In 1923, the Commonwealth Conference took place in London, England – and, during the conference, the UK came to agree that Dominions in the British Empire should have the right to make treaties with foreign powers. It was a step forward away from the Empirical rule of old.

TinTin and Snowy

The world was introduced to Tintin!

In 1946, the first edition of The Adventures of Tintin was published by Hergé in Le Journal de Tintin! The character's stories have gone on to delight generations of children and even made it to the big screen – the mystery-busting journalist is easily one of the most recognizable Belgian icons of all time.

Special Days Falling on September 26th

September 26th is one of the most important dates of the year for various people around the world! Let’s take a look at why.
Facts of New Zealand

Dominion Status Day

Every September 26th is Dominion Status Day in New Zealand! It commemorates the day when New Zealand was declared a dominion in the British Empire. It was a moment that helped lead to the nation’s independence in 1945 – so, as you can imagine, it’s a pretty important day for people across the nation.

European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages encourages the learning of new and protecting linguistic heritage! Although it is a relatively small continent, Europe is filled with old languages and fascinating linguistic standards. So, take the time today to learn a little more about some of Europe’s oldest and most fascinating languages – and maybe try and pick up a few new phrases in your spare time, if you can!

Gerald Holtom's Peace symbol

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

September 26th is also International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. We all know of the mass destruction, pain, and long-lasting effects nuclear weapons have on our planet. That is why it is so important to remember that pain and destruction to prevent the weapons from ever being used again! Today is the perfect day to refresh your memory as to what these weapons have done since their creation.

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This month in history

The first US Congress made a proposal. In 1789, Congress proposed 12 specific Amendments to the Constitution. Ten of the proposed amendments were ratified and composed of the Bill of Rights! These days, it's more difficult to make changes to the Constitution – but it's a document that's still of huge importance in US law.

Famous Birthdays on September 26th

Francis of Assisi, Italian founder of the Franciscan Order, born 1181

Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist and pioneer in psychology, born 1849

Olivia Newton-John, English actor and singer, born 1948

Linda Hamilton, American actor, born 1956

Serena Williams, American tennis legend, born 1981

Libra Zodiac Sign Facts

If you were born on September 26th…

…you’re a Libra! You are honest, kind, and very fair. It makes you a great friend and mentor to have around – and, just like the scales that represent you, you’re all about balance. Learn more about Libras from our Libra facts page!

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