Sousa and his newly formed band perform publicly in 1892
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2017. There are 96 days left in the year.
On September 26, 1892, John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, New Jersey.
On this date:
In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.
In 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.
In 1835, the opera “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy.
In 1907, New Zealand went from being a colony to a dominion within the British Empire.
In 1914, the Federal Trade Commission was established.
In 1937, the radio drama “The Shadow,” starring Orson Welles, premiered on the Mutual Broadcasting System.
In 1957, the musical play “West Side Story” opened on Broadway.
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 1977, Sir Freddie Laker began his cut-rate “Skytrain” service from London to New York.