► Today is Monday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2011. There are 96 days left in the year.
► Today’s birthdays: Retired baseball All-Star Bobby Shantz is 86. Actor Philip Bosco is 81. Actress Donna Douglas is 79. Actor Richard Herd is 79. South African nationalist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is 75. Country singer David Frizzell is 70. Actor Kent McCord is 69. Television host Anne Robinson is 67. Singer Bryan Ferry is 66. Actress Mary Beth Hurt is 65. Singer Lynn Anderson is 64. Singer Olivia Newton-John is 63. Actor James Keane is 59. Rock singer-musician Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos) is 57. Country singer Carlene Carter is 56. Actress Linda Hamilton is 55. Country singer Doug Supernaw is 51. R&B singer Cindy Herron (En Vogue) is 50. Actress Melissa Sue Anderson is 49. Actor Patrick Bristow is 49. Rock musician Al Pitrelli is 49. Singer Tracey Thorn (Everything But the Girl) is 49. TV personality Jillian Barberie is 45. Actor Jim Caviezel is 43. Singer Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) is 39. Jazz musician Nicholas Payton is 38. Actor Mark Famiglietti is 32. Singer-actress Christina Milian is 30. Tennis player Serena Williams is 30.
► In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.
► In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was confirmed by the Senate to be the first US secretary of state; John Jay, the first chief justice; Edmund Randolph, the first attorney general.
► In 1914, the Federal Trade Commission was established.
► In 1955, following word that President Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack, the New York Stock Exchange saw its worst decline since 1929.
► In 1960, the first-ever debate between presidential nominees took place in Chicago as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon faced off on national TV.
► 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 103d member.
► In 2001, during a visit to Armenia, Pope John Paul II paid his respects to the vast number of Armenians who had perished under Ottoman rule.
► In 2006, Golf Hall of Famer Byron Nelson died in Roanoke, Texas, at 94.