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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of September




September 11th


 World Trade Towers on fire

World Trade Towers

1814...The US Fleet, under Commander Thomas MacDonough, stops British ships on Lake Champayne and saves New York from invasion.

1971...Donny Osmond launches his solo professional career with the #1 hit on pop charts "Go Away Little Girl."

2001...The Trade Towers in New York are brought down by Islamic Terrorists with hijacked airliners that are used as bombs. The Pentagon is also hit, and heroes are made as another flight is brought down by passengers.


September 12th


William Boyd

William Boyd

1953...Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, a photographer for the Washington Times, marries Senator John F. Kennedy in New Port, Rhode Island.

1953...Six months after the death of Soviet Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev wins the election to become secretary of the Communist Party and leader of the Soviet Union.

1972...Actor William Boyd, who portrayed the fictional cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy, dies after 40 years in B-Movies and television series.


September 13th

Robert Feller

Robert Feller

1814...Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America's National Anthem The Star Spangled Banner.

1847...In the last major battle of the Mexican-American War General Winfield Scott's forces storms the fortress Chapultepec in Mexico City.

1936...The Cleveland Indian's pitching ace, "Rapid" Robert Feller, strikes out 17 batters setting a new American League record at the age of just 17 years old.


September 14

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan

1927...Famous dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled to death in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcap of her convertible automobile.

1959...The first man-made object sent from the earth to the moon is achieved as a Soviet rocket crashes into the moon.  This was to be another short-lived advantage in the "space race" with the USA.

1968...Denny McLain, of the Detroit, Tigers, becomes baseball's first 30 game winner since 1938.  No one has achieved this feat since them.


September 15th

Marilyn Monroe over subway vent

Marilyn Monroe

1954...The famous Marilyn Monroe skirt scene over the subway vent is filmed during the making of the move Seven Year Itch.  Husband Joe DiMaggio was not amused.

1959...Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet head of state to visit the United States.  He is not pleased he could not visit Disneyland due to security concerns.

1978...Boxer Mohamed Ali beats Leon Spinks in New Orleans to win the Heavyweight Title for the 3rd time, the only fighter ever to do so.


September 16th


Kelsey Grammer

1932...In his jail cell near Bombay, Mahatma Gandhi begins a hunger strike to protest the British decision to separate India's electoral system by caste.  The British capitulate six days later.

1940...The Burke-Wadsworth Act is passed in Congress by wide margins in the House and Senate.  This is the first peace time military draft in US history.

1993...Frasier, a TV spinoff of the long running mega-hit Cheers and starring Kelsey Grammer, makes its debut on NBC. It will air for 11 years and win many Emmy awards.


September 17th

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

1787...The US Constitution is signed by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA at the conclusion of the Convention. The next step is for The Constitution to be ratified by at least 9 of the 13 states.

1862...The bloodiest single day in American military history begins as Confederate and Union Troops clash at Maryland's Antietam Creek, causing 23,000 wounded or dead soldiers.

1983...Twenty-year old Vanessa Williams becomes the first African American to win the Miss America Pageant. Despite a scandal causing her resignation, she goes on to launch a successful singing and acting career.


September 18th

 Roger Clemens    

Roger Clemens

1793...The cornerstone of the United States Capitol Building, the home of the Legislative Branch of government, is laid by President George Washington.

1945...As he prepares for his new role as architect of a new democratic and free enterprise postwar Japan, General Douglas McArthur moves his Command Headquarters to Tokyo.

1996...Roger Clemens, of the Boston Red Sox, strikes out 20 hitters, matching his major league record first accomplished ten years earlier at age twenty-three.


September 19th


Ted Kaczynski

Ted Kaczynski

1957...The US detonates a nuclear weapon underground 66 miles north of Las Vegas, NV.  It is the first fully underground blast and it produced no radioactive fallout.

1985...An 8.1 earthquake strikes Mexico City leaving 10,000 people dead, 30,000 injured, and thousands more homeless.

1995...The Unabomber manifesto, an anti-technology terrorist rant, is published by the NY Times and Washington Post.   The writing style was recognized by David Kaczynski, who alerted authorities who caught his brother Ted, but not before his mail bombs killed 8 and injured 23.


September 20th

Bobby Rigs and Billy Jean King

Bobby Rigs & Billy Jean King

1519...In an effort to find a western sea route to Spice Island of Indonesia, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain with five ships.

1946...At the resort city of Cannes, on the French Riviera, the first annual Cannes Film Festival opens. 

1973...Fifty-five year old Bobby Riggs, a men's tennis champion of the 1940's is defeated by 29 year old, top woman player, Billy Jean King in an exhibition match hyped as the "battle of the sexes."





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