On this day: September 26

Published On: Sep 25 2012 11:33:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 26 2016 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 - Thomas Jefferson
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1789: President George Washington appoints Thomas Jefferson as the first United States secretary of state. He also appointed John Jay as the first chief justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood as the first United States postmaster general and Edmund Randolph as the first United States attorney general.

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