Sep 26, Jane Taylor, children’s writer, was born. She was best known as the author of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
Sep 26, The British liner Queen Mary was launched
Sep 26, Jane Smiley, novelist, was born. Her work included “A Thousand Acres, Moo.”
Sep 26, Linda Hamilton,actress, was born. (Terminator series, Beauty and the Beast, Children of the Corn).
Sep 26, Queen Elizabeth decorated the Beatles with the Order of the British Empire.
Sep 26, Anna Magnani (b.1908), Academy Award winning Italian actress, died in Rome.
Sep 26, The body of a young woman was found in Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon, Ca., She had been stabbed over 40 times with an ice pick and burned. In 2007 DNA evidence identified her as Tammy Vincent (17). She had testified this year against several people arrested during a raid in SeaTac, Wash., of 2 establishments believed to be prostitution fronts.
Sep 26, Patricia Billings, amateur sculptor and med tech, demonstrated her fire-proof material GeoBond. It was made of gypsum, cement, and a secret off-the-shelf ingredient that in combination would not burn even under flames over 2,000 degrees.
Sep 26, Cindy Sheehan (48), the California mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, was arrested along with a number of others for demonstrating against the war in Iraq in front of the White House without a permit. 40 people were arrested for demonstrating at the Pentagon.
Sep 26, Marian McQuade (b.1917), lobbyist for the elderly and National Grandparents Day, died. Her efforts led Pres. Carter to designate the holiday in 1979. She got West Virginia to be the first state to create a Grandparents Day in 1974
Sep 26, Gloria Stuart (b.1910), film star, died. The 1930s Hollywood leading lady years later became the oldest Academy Award acting nominee for her role as the spunky survivor in “Titanic.” In her youth, Stuart was a blond beauty who starred in B pictures as well as some higher-profile ones such as “The Invisible Man,” Busby Berkeley’s “Gold Diggers of 1935” and two Shirley Temple movies, “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.” Her 1999 autobiography was titled “Gloria Stuart: I Just Kept Hoping.”