Shimla, Sept. 26 Keekli Bureau

This Day in History

2019

French politician Jacques Chirac, who served as president of France from 1995 to 2007, died at age 86.

2008

American actor Paul Newman, whose striking good looks and compelling performances made him one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men, died in Westport, Connecticut.

1969

The Beatles released Abbey Road, their last-recorded album (Let It Be, though mostly recorded earlier than Abbey Road, was released in 1970).

1962

The American TV series The Beverly Hillbillies debuted on CBS, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1960s.

1898

George Gershwin, one of the most significant and popular American composers, was born.

1820

American frontiersman and hero Daniel Boone died in St. Charles, Missouri.

1815

The Holy Alliance of Russia, Austria, and Prussia was formed, after the final defeat of Napoleon.

1687

During the bombardment of the Acropolis by Venetian forces, part of the Parthenon was destroyed in a powder explosion.

1580

After nearly three years at sea, English Admiral Francis Drake arrived in Plymouth Harbour, England, completing his circumnavigation of the world.

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