On Sept. 26, 1981 tennis champion Serena Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan. Her parents, Richard and Oracene, later relocated to Los Angeles, and Serena and her four sisters (Lyndrea, Isha, Yetunde, and Venus) grew up in Compton, a L.A. suburb. At young ages, both Serena and Venus became excellent tennis players and began to compete. With the passage of time, both sisters have made a name for themselves as professional athletes.
On this day in 1963, registrations for the first freshman class were taken at Grand Valley State College in Allendale. 226 students enrolled, including a student from Iran.
On Sept. 26, 1963, an elephant that was part of the King Shows and Circus rampaged through Lansing. Rajje, the elephant, was performing at a local shopping center when it became irritated and rebelled against its trainer. Rajje spent about 15 minutes rampaging through Arlan's Department store, causing thousands of dollars in damage, before leaving through a back exit. The police went on a two-mile chase through Lansing after the elephant, who tried to throw a car out of its way. Police eventually put down the 13-year-old, 3,000-pound elephant in a barrage of gunfire.
The first daily — Volume 1, No. 1, dated Sept. 26, 1942 — includes as a cutline: "With the goal of keeping its student body better informed on both world and college events, The Michigan State News entered the field of daily newspapers this morning with a 16-page edition.
The initial MAC team had no designated coach. At any rate they scored a 10-0 victory against East Lansing High School in their first official game.
For a photograph of the team, see Steve Grinezel, Michigan State Football : They are Spartans. Arcadia Press, 2003, p.10. Available in Reference.
Winsor McCay, pioneering animator and comic strip artist, was a native of Spring Lake, Michigan. Spring Lake is also where he began his career in art. His father, Robert McCay, and mother Janet ran a grocery store in the village. While it is probable that Winsor was born in 1867 during a visit to his mother’s family in Ontario, McCay stated that he was born September 26, 1871, in Spring Lake, Michigan. He always considered Spring Lake his hometown.
Was Peter Denison the first person to sue for freedom from slavery in the United States?
Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc., leads the celebrations for the groundbreaking of the new Red Wings arena and surrounding district in Detroit.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Wings Stadium/Arena District courtesy of Detroit News.
On September 25, 1955 Detroit Tiger youngster Al Kaline became the youngest player ever to win the American League batting title. He was just twenty years old.
Source : This Day in Baseball History