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5 Fun Facts About September 26 In Washington History

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1. On September 26, 1977, the Seattle Mariners played their last home game at the Kingdome before moving to the new Safeco Field in 1999. The Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-2 in front of a crowd of over 44,000 fans.

2. The first commercial airline flight from the United States to Japan took place on September 26, 1927, when a Pan American Airways Fokker F.VII made the 7,000-mile journey from San Francisco to Tokyo with a stop in Honolulu.

3. In 1862, during the American Civil War, the Battle of Littleround Top took place near Sharpsburg, Maryland. This battle was part of the larger Battle of Antietam and resulted in a Union victory.

4. On September 26, 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered nationally. The show went on to become one of the most successful talk shows in television history.

5. In 1933, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, one of the oldest newspapers in the Pacific Northwest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series of articles exposing corruption in the Washington State Legislature.
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