Today in History September 26


1907 - New Zealand becomes dominion within British Empire.

1937 - American blues singer Bessie Smith died after a car crash.

1997 - Mafia boss Salvatore Riina and 23 of his closest associates were jailed for life for the 1992 killing of prosecutor Giovanni Falcone.

2000 - Large-scale protests and rioting in Prague during IMF and World Bank meeting.

2002 - Senegalese ferry the Joola capsized off the Gambian coast. Only 64 people survived and 1,863 people drowned.

2006 - American golfing great Byron Nelson, who won an unprecedented 11 successive PGA Tour events during 1945, died at the age of 94.

2007 - Judge declares a mistrial in murder trial of pioneering rock music producer Phil Spector.

2009 - Thousands of people marooned in Manila by tropical storm Ketsana.

2010 - British model Naomi Campbell marks 25 years in the fashion industry.

2011 - Opening statements in trial of singer Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray.

2014 - Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft launches carrying International Space Station crew including the first Russian woman to serve on the space outpost.