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Today in History

September 26, 2016

Today is Monday, Sept. 26, the 270th day of 2016. There are 96 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On Sept. 26, 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.

On this date:

In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.In 1945, Hungarian-born composer Bela Bartok, 64, died in New York City.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 1981, the twin-engine Boeing 767 made its official debut in Everett, Wash.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 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a bill ensuring two-day hospital stays for new mothers and their babies.

Ten years ago: Former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow was sentenced by a federal judge in Houston to six years in prison for his role in the fallen energy company’s bankruptcy (Fastow was released in Dec. 2011).

Today’s birthdays: Singer Olivia Newton-John is 68. Actor Jim Caviezel is 48.