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September 1

1875  Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago.

1939  Nazi armies invaded Poland, starting World War II in Europe.

1983  Korean Air Lines Flight 007 shot down by Soviet fighter plane en route from New York to Seoul.

September 2

  -31  Augustus Caesar’s Roman Legions defeated Mark Anthony’s naval forces.

1192  Treaty of Jaffa signed by King Richard I and Saladin to end the Third Crusade.

1666  The Great Fire of London began.

1850  Eugene Field was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

1917  Cleveland Amory was born in Nahant, Massachusetts.

1945  Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard USS Missouri, ending World War II.

1945  Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam independent.

1969  North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh died.

1973  J. R. R. Tolkien died in England at age 81.

2013  New eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic.

September 3

1783  U.S. Revolutionary War ended.

1950  “Nino” Farina became the first Formula One Drivers’ champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.

1971  Qatar became an independent state.

1976  Voyager 2 landed on Mars.

2001  Film critic Pauline Kael died in Great Barrington, Minnesota at age 82.

September 4

1888  George Eastman registered Kodak trademark and patented his roll film camera.

1998  Google founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

September 5

1836  Sam Houston was elected first president of the Republic of Texas.

1847  Notorious outlaw Jesse James was born in Kearney, Missouri.

1850  American distiller Jack Daniel was born.

1912  John Cage was born.

1921  Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle party in San Francisco; the death of Virginia Rappe ensued four days later.

1957  On The Road by Jack Kerouac was published by Viking Press in New York.

1992  Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. died in San Francisco at age 81.

1997  Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India at age 87.

1997  Sir Georg Solti died in France at age 84.

September 6

1921  Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor, co-creator of the bar code, was born.

1997  The Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales took place in London.

September 7

1936  Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas.

1978  Keith Moon, drummer of The Who, died in London at age 32.

1990  Vince Welnick joined the Grateful Dead.

September 8

1945  Ron “Pigpen” McKernan was born in San Bruno, California.

1952  The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, was published.

1966  Star Trek premiered on NBC television.

1979  The Family Dog held Tribal Stomp II at the fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

1998  Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ record for single season home runs, hitting No. 62.

September 9

1828  Leo Tolstoy was born in Russia.

1850  California admitted as 31st United State.

1941  Otis Redding was born in Dawson, Georgia.

1956  First television appearance of Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1976  Mao Tse-Tung died in Beijing.

1979  Founding of the Troll Empire in Berkeley, California. “The Troll Tape” recorded. Troll Hall atop Troll Hill identified.

2001  Unix billenium was reached beginning use of 10-digit decimal Unix time stamps.

September 10

1608  John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.

1935  Huey Long died after having been shot at the Louisiana State Capitol two days earlier.

1961  Crash at Italian Grand Prix caused death of German Formula One driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his car.

2014  Star-Spangled Spectacular, celebrating the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem. (September 10-16)

September 11

1609  Henry Hudson and crew became the first Europeans to visit Manhattan Island.

1789  Alexander Hamilton appointed the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.

1943  Mickey Hart was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1962  The Beatles finished recording their first single “Love Me Do” at Abbey Road Studios.

1973  Chilean coup d’état headed by General Augusto Pinochet toppled democratically elected President Salvador Allende.

2001  U.S. was attacked by suicide hijackers. World Trade Center, NYC, destroyed by 2 jetliners.  Pentagon, Washington, D.C. heavily damaged. Fourth plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania.  More than 6,000 people were killed.

September 12

1846  Elizabeth Barrett, poet, married Robert Browning, poet.

1880  H. L. Mencken was born in Baltimore.

1940  The 17,300-year-old Lascaux Cave Paintings were discovered in France.

September 13

-509  Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on Ancient Rome's Capitoline Hill dedicated on the Ides of September.

1925  Mel Tormé was born in Chicago.

1977  Leopold Stokowski died in Nether Wallop, Hampshire, England at age 95.

September 14

1814  The poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” was written by Francis Scott Key. The poem was later used as the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

1959  The Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the moon.

1978  The Grateful Dead play Egypt (September 14-16).

2014  The 200th birthday of our National Anthem.

September 15

1835  HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reached the Galápagos Islands.

1885  Jumbo the Circus Elephant was hit and fatally wounded by a locomotive in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

1907  Actress Fay Wray was born in Canada.

2008  Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, largest in U.S. history.

September 16

1773  Boston Tea Party.

1923  Hank Williams, Sr. was born in Butler County, Alabama.

1925  B. B. King was born near Berclair, Mississippi.

September 17

1776  The Presidio was established as a Spanish fort in San Francisco.

1859  In San Francisco, Joshua A. Norton declared himself Emperor Norton I of the United States.

1923  Singer-songwriter Hank Williams, Sr. was born in Butler County, Alabama.

1935  Ken Kesey was born in La Junta, Colorado.

1963  Laura Beth Fishman was born.

2011  Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park in New York City.

September 18

1793  The first cornerstone of the Capitol building was laid by George Washington.

1919  The Netherlands gave women the right to vote.

1934  USSR admitted to the League of Nations.

1970  Jimi Hendrix died in Kensington, London, England.


1676  Jamestown, Virginia attacked and burned during a rebellion led by Nathaniel Bacon against governor Sir William Berkeley.

1893  New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote.

1956  Jacqueline Frances Farley was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.

1974  Jimmy Fallon was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York.

1982  Scott Fahlman posted the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System.

September 20

1948  Writer George R. R. Martin was born in Bayonne, New Jersey.

1968  Van Jones, American attorney and green activist, was born in Jackson, Tennessee.

1973  Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.

September 21

1866  H. G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England.

1937  J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published.

2012  Space Shuttle Endeavor flies by Golden Gate Bridge on final flight.

September 22

1598  English playwright Ben Jonson killed an actor, Gabriel Spenser, in a duel and was indicted for manslaughter.

1869  Die Oper Das Rheingold von Richard Wagner uraufgeführt in München.

1989  Irving Berlin died in New York City at age 101.

2014  Inara Madilyn Farmer was born in Antioch, California.

2015  Yogi Berra died in West Caldwell, New Jersey at age 90.

September 23

1846  Planet Neptune was discovered.

1913  Roland Garros flew first airplane across the Mediterranean Sea from Fréjus in the south of France to Bizerte in Tunisia.

1926  John Coltrane was born in Hamlet, North Carolina.

September 24

1896  F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1898  George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1960  USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched.

1991  Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel died in La Jolla, California at age 87.

September 25

1690  Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, first newspaper in the American colonies, began publishing.

1890  The United States Congress established Sequoia National Park.

1999  Marion Zimmer Bradley died in Berkeley, California at age 69.

2003  George Plimpton died in New York City.

September 26

1580  Francis Drake landed in Plymouth after sailing his ship around the world.

1872  The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established I NYC.

1888  T. S. Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

1969  Abbey Road by The Beatles was released.

2000  Anti-globalization protests in Prague during the IMF and World Bank summits.

September 27

1840  American political cartoonist Thomas Nast was born in Landau, Germany.

1917  Edgar Degas, French painter, died in Paris at age 83.

1968  The stage musical Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London.

September 28

-551  Confucius was born.

1066  The Norman conquest of England began.


1907  Gene Autry was born in Tioga, Texas.

1959  Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose debuted on television.

September 30

1927  Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the baseball season.

1953  Gov’t Mule drummer Matt Abts was born.

1960  The Flintstones premiered on television.

1964  Trey Anastasio of Phish was born in Fort Worth, Texas.

2005  Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed controversial drawings of Muhammad.

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