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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of September




September 1st

Narcissa Whitman

Narcissa Whitman

1836...Narcissa Whitman arrives in Wala Wala, Washington becomes the first Anglo woman to settle west of the Rocky Mountains.

1983...Soviet fighters shoot down a Korean Airliner killing 269 people. The plane accidently strayed into Soviet airspace but is shot down even when recognized by the Soviets as a passenger airliner.

1998...A law comes into effect requiring all cars and light trucks sold in the US to have airbags on both sides of the front seat.


 September 2nd

Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad

1959...Henry Ford II introduces his company's 90-Horsepower, 30 mpg Ford Falcon, an overnight success.

1969...The first automatic teller machine (ATM) is open for use at the Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York.

2013...Diana Nyad, 64 year of age, becomes the first person to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage.


 September 3rd


Malcolm Campbell

Malcolm Campbell

1783...With the signing of the Treaty of Paris the American Revolution comes to an end as Britain recognizes the 13 former colonies.

1935...The 300 mph auto land speed record is surpassed by Sir Malcolm Campbell on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah.

1939...Britain and France declare war on Germany in response to Hitler's invasion of Poland, and thus begins WWII.


September 4th



476...The last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire, Romulus Augustus, is deposed  by Odoacer, a German barbarian who proclaims himself King of Italy.

1886...After 30 years of fighting, Geronimo becomes the last American Indian Warrior to formally surrender to the United States.  Geronimo is later converted to Christianity and becomes a successful farmer.

1998...Google, the Internet Search Engine, is co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who are students at Stanford University together.


 September 5th

Sam Houston

Sam Houston

1836...The Republic of Texas is created and Sam Houston is elected President.

1958...Boris Pasternak's romantic novel Dr. Zhivago is published in the US.  The book is hailed an instant classic and awarded the Nobel Prize.

1975...A secret service agent takes a 45 (gun) from Squeaky Fromme, foiling an assassination attempt against President Gerald Ford.


 September 6th

Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold

1781...The traitor, Benedict Arnold, now fighting for the British, adds to his infamy by ordering the burning of New London, Connecticut. 

1901...A 28 year old socialist-anarchist shoots President William McKinley at the Pan-American exhibition in Buffalo, New York.

1976...A Russian pilot lands the new Soviet MIG-25 in Japan and requests asylum in the US. The plane proved much less advanced than expected.


 September 7th

Maureen Connoly

Maureen Connoly

1896...The Riker Electric Motor Company wins the first auto race in the US with an electric car in Cranston, Rhode Island.

1953...California tennis start Maureen Connolly wins the Tennis US Open and becomes the first woman to win the "Grand Slam" (the winning of the 4 major championships in the same year.)

1977...President Jimmy Carter signs a treaty giving control of the Panama Canal from the US to Panama at the end of the 20th century.


 September 8th

Galveston Hurricane Damage

Galveston Hurricane Damage

1664...New Amsterdam, the capital of New Netherland, is surrendered to the British and renamed New York, in honor of the Duke of York.  The Duke of York organized the mission to take over New Amsterdam.

1810...John Jacob Astors New Pacific Fur Company Ship leaves New York and 6 months later establishes the town Astoria, Oregon.

1900...The deadliest hurricane in US history strikes Galveston, Texas.  More than 6,000 people on the Island are killed as well as more on the mainland.


 September 9th

Francis Folsom Cleveland

Francis Folsom Cleveland

1776...Congress replaces the term "United Colonies" with the new name of "The United States of America."

1850...California becomes the 31st state in the USA.

1893...A baby is born in the White House.  President Grover Cleveland's wife Francis gives birth to a baby girl which they name Esther.

1942...A Japanese float plane from a submarine drops incendiary bombs in an Oregon forest in the first and only air attack on the mainland during WWII.



 September 10th

Catain Oliver Perry

Captain Oliver Perry

1813...US Captain Oliver Perry leads American ships at the Battle of Lake Erie to score the first victory over a British Naval Squadron.

1962...Ron Laver wins the US Open in tennis, becoming the first man to win the Grand Slam since 1938.

1977...The last execution by guillotine occurs in France as they put to death  Harnida Djondoubi, an emigrant convicted of murder.





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