So many things have happened throughout history. It is easy to forget everything good or bad that has been recorded happened to people just like you and me. It is easy to say “oh that is just history,” and not give things a second thought. What if we told you major things in history happened all throughout September? It can be mind blowing to think things we never thought could happen to us, happened to people just like us, on days much like any other day we have. As you read this list, the hope is you can gain perspective about time and the world we live in… or maybe you just like to know random facts, and that’s okay too.
On this day…
September 1, 1985
The Titanic was located by a joint American-French expedition force led by marine geologist Dr. Robert Ballard.
September 2, 1944
Holocaust victim, Anne Frank, was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp.
September 3, 1783
Treaty of Paris signed in Paris ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the United States of America.
September 4, 1998
Google is formally incorporated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.
September 5, 1905
US President Theodore Roosevelt will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as mediator because the Treaty of Portsmouth is signed concluding the Russo-Japanese War.
September 6, 1666
After St Paul’s Cathedral and many of the homes in the city had been burned down, the Great Fire of London was finally extinguished.
September 7, 1888
Edith Eleanor McLean is the 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward’s Island, New York.
Michelangelo’s statue of David is unveiled in Florence, Italy.
September 9, 1908
Orville Wright is the first to fly an airplane for an hour in Fort Myer, Va.
September 10, 1945
Mike the Headless Chicken is decapitated in Fruita, Colorado then survives for another 18 months before choking to death.
September 11, 2001
19 militants associated with al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon, and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attack.
September 12, 1958
The U.S. Supreme Court orders the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate. Students of color are later forced out by a white mob before the military establishes a presence. The Little Rock Crisis ended with 9 african-american students being enrolled at the school; the students were accompanied by the military for the rest of the year to protect their safety.
September 13, 2017
Nursing home residents are rescued after 11 die due to losing their air-conditioning in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Hollywood, Florida.
September 14, 1814
Francis Scott Key writes the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry” which becomes “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He writes the poem while watching the bombing of Fort McHenry from a ship in Baltimore harbor.
September 15, 1835
The HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin on board, lands for the first time in the Galapagos Islands. Darwin uses this research in his theories of evolution and natural selection.
September 16, 1920
The “Wall Street bombing” kills 38 and injures 143 when a horse-drawn wagon explodes on Wall Street, New York. The perpetrator has never been caught, it will forever be a mystery as to who set the bomb off, and why.
Harriet Tubman escapes slavery in Maryland with two of her brothers for the first time. She later goes on to create the Underground Railroad and helps rescue many others from slavery.
September 18, 1932
Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide by jumping from the letter “H” in the Hollywood sign.
September 19, 1995
The Washington Post and The New York Times publish the Unabomber’s manifesto. This leads to his capture. He pled guilty in January 1998 and was sent to an isolated cell in a “Supermax” prison in Colorado.
Gangster Bugs Moran attempts to assassinate infamous Al Capone in a drive-by shooting but fails.
J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ is published by George Allen and Unwin in London. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series goes on to be a widely known franchise of books, and later on movies.
September 22, 1692
The last eight people are hanged for witchcraft in the US. 19 people were hung overall during Salem witch trials.
September 23, 1980
Bob Marley plays his last concert at Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh.
September 24, 1919
Boston Red Sox player Babe Ruth sets the home run record at 28.
September 25, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner officially changes her name from Bruce and her gender to a woman.
September 26, 1665
The Great Plague of London is at its height. 7,165 people die just in the previous week
September 27, 1905
The physics journal Annalen der Physik introduced the equation of E=mc² when they published Albert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”
September 28, 1944
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. is awarded the Medal of Honor for directing troops at Utah Beach during the D-Day landings.
Elizabeth Taylor is sent to rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Clinic.
September 30, 1962
JFK sends 3,000 federal troops to Mississippi to enforce integration of schools and James Meredith becomes the first person of color to register for classes at University of Mississippi.
Written by: Erinn Malloy