On this day: September 26

Published On: Sep 25 2012 11:33:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 26 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Sir Francis Drake completes his trip around the world, Nixon and Kennedy square off on TV, the Beatles release "Abbey Road," and an acting legend passes away, all on this day.

OTD September 26 - Kennedy-Nixon Debate
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1960: In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates. Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy squared off, with Nixon's campaign suffering a blow when he appeared looking pale, sickly, underweight and tired after a recent hospitalization to treat a knee infection. Nixon also refused makeup, and as a result his beard stubble showed prominently on the era's black-and-white TV screens. After the debate, polls showed Kennedy moving from a slight deficit into a slight lead over Nixon.

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