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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of September




September 21st

King Louis XVI 

King Louis XVI

1780...Benedict Arnold plots to hand West Point over to the British for money and a position in the British army.  He is now branded a traitor.

1792...The monarchy in France is abolished and France becomes a Republic.  The last king, Louis XVI is executed for secretly plotting to maintain power.

1938...An unexpected hurricane hits Long Island and travels up the New England coast.  About 700 people are killed. There is  massive property damage and the coastline is altered in Long Island.


September 22nd

Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale

1862... President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation which frees more than 3 million slaves.

1975...A second assassination attempt is made on the life of President Gerald Ford.  The attempt to shoot him when he was in San Francisco was stopped by a bystander.

1776...American hero Nathan Hale is executed by the British for spying.  It is said that his last words were "I regret that I only have but one life to give for my country."

1961...President Kennedy makes the Peace Corps a government agency.


September 23rd

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

1779...John Paul Jones, the Commander of the Bonhomme Richard, battles British ships off the eastern coast of England and wins. It was a difficult battle, and at one point the British signaled asking if he wished to surrender.  It was then that he replied "I have not yet begun it fight."

1846...The eighth planet from the sun,  Neptune, was discovered at the Berlin Observatory by Johann Gottfried Galle.


September 24th

John Jay

John Jay

1789...The Supreme Court is established with six judges that are to serve until their death.  John Jay is to be the presiding judge.

1948...Honda Motor Company incorporates in Japan.  It becomes known for  affordable, reliable, fuel-efficient cars.

1988...Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson wins a Gold Medal running the 100-meter Dash at the Olympics in South Korea.  Three days later day steroids were found in his blood and it is taken away from him.


September 25th

Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen

1775...Continental Army Captain Ethan Allen is captured by the British while fighting in Montreal.  He is sent to England for execution, but after two years sent back to America as part of a prisoner exchange.

1957...Racial Integration is accomplished at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas with the help of President Eisenhower and a federalized National Guard.

1978...Tragedy occurs in the sky above San Diego as a Southwest Airlines jet and a small Cessna crash midair, killing153 people, scattering debris and causing extensive damage on the ground below.


September 26th

Paul Newman

Paul Newman

1580...Sir Francis Drake drops anchor in Plymouth, England on the Golden Hind.  He is the first British man to sail around the earth.

1960...Senator Kennedy and vice president Nixon face off at the first Kennedy-Nixon debate, which is televised for the first time.  Polls after the debate show the content of the debate was overshadowed by the way the men looked on television.

2008...Movie star legend Paul Newman dies at his home in Connecticut. He starred in sixty-five movies during his career, which spanned five decades.


September 27th

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones

1869...Wild Bill Hickok restores order as sheriff in Hayes, Kansas but his shooting and killing of two men results in his losing his reelection for sheriff three months later.

1930...Bobby Jones wins his 4th major tournament of the year making him the first person to win a "Grand Slam" of golf.

1940...The WWII axis powers are formed as Germany, Italy and Japan become allies with the signing of the Tripartite pact in Berlin


September 28th

 Ted Williams    

Ted Williams

1066...William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, claims his right to the English throne and invades the England Southeast coast.  He defeats King Herold II in the Battle of Hastings.

1918...Private Henry Tandey, a British soldier, encounters a retreating German soldier but spares the life of Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler.

1941...Ted Williams, of the Boston Red Sox, gets 6 hits in 8 trips to the plate in the season ending double hitter.  This boosts his batting average to 406.  He becomes the last player to bat 400 or better.


September 29th

Stacey Allison

Stacy Allison

1953...The NY Times publishes an article stating that the average Russian wants the "American Dream." If a typical Russian happens to get a small plot of land, the first things he does is to build a big fence around it.

1982...The last of 6 people were killed by cyanide-laced Tylenol in Chicago, Illinois.  The culprit was never caught but this led to new tamper-proof medicine bottles.

1988...Stacy Allison, from Portland, Oregon, becomes the first American women reaches the summit of Mt. Everest.


September 30th

James Dean

James Dean

1949...The Berlin airlift comes to an end after 15 months and more than 250,000 flights in one of the greatest logistic feats in history.  The Berlin crisis was a disaster for the Soviets as the world saw them as bullies trying to starve innocent citizens.

1954...The world's first nuclear submarine, The USS Nautilus, is commissioned.  Ironically, construction was led by the brilliant Russian-born engineer Captain Hyman Rickover.

1955...James Dean, the young 24 year old movie star, dies in a car crash.  He crashed while speeding in his Porsche 550 Spider to a car race in Salinas, CA.


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