26 September 1087
Following his father’s example, William II is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey by Archbishop Lanfranc. Absolutely nothing is known of it at all. But it was probably a colourful occasion, since William’s biographer describes him as “addicted to every kind of vice, particularly lust and especially sodomy”.
26 September 1831
The first meeting of what would become the British Association for the Advancement of Science was held in York. The prime mover was David Brewster, editor of the Edinburgh Journal of Science.
26 September 1842
Richard, Marquess Wellesley died at Brompton aged 82. Formerly governor general of Bengal and lord lieutenant of Ireland, he was the elder brother of the Duke of Wellington
26 September 1969
The Beatles’ last recorded album, Abbey Road, is released on both sides of the Atlantic, going straight to number one in the charts.