August

List historic world events in August

September, 2016

  • 29 September

    Poet Alan Seeger volunteers in French army

    Poet Alan Seeger volunteers in French army

    On this day in 1914, the American poet Alan Seeger volunteers for service in the French Foreign Legion during the First World War. Born in New York City in 1888, Seeger attended Harvard University, where his illustrious classmates in the Class of 1910 included the poet John Reed and the …

  • 28 September

    A serial rapist strikes in England

    A serial rapist strikes in England

    The serial burglar and rapist known as “the Fox” breaks into a house and physically assaults a girl, her boyfriend and the girl’s brothernear the village of Brampton, England. After raping the woman, the attacker proceeded to remove any traces of evidence from both his victim’s body and the surrounding …

  • 28 September

    Regional Forces victorious

    Regional Forces victorious

    South Vietnamese officials report that regional forces killed 308 Communist troops in four days of heavy fighting along a coastal strip south of the DMZ. This was one of the biggest victories of the war for the regional forces in the war and was extremely significant since one of the …

  • 28 September

    Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman is born

    Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman is born

    William Goldman, novelist, screenwriter and playwright, is born on this day in Chicago, the younger brother of writer James Goldman. Both brothers will prove to be highly versatile writers, penning successful novels, short stories, plays, and movies. Goldman attended Oberlin College and Columbia University. Originally, he concentrated his efforts on …

  • 28 September

    Senate Committee calls for stepped-up bombing

    Senate Committee calls for stepped-up bombing

    Senate Preparedness Investigating Committee issues a call to step up bombing against the North, declaring that McNamara had “shackled” the air war against Hanoi, and calling for “closure, neutralization, or isolation of Haiphong.” President Johnson, attempting to placate Congressional “hawks” and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expanded the approved list …

  • 27 September

    Trapped Russian sub rescued

    Trapped Russian sub rescued

    On this day in 2005, a Russian Priz AS-28 mini-submarine, with seven crew members on board, is rescued from deep in the Pacific Ocean. On August 4, the vessel had been taking part in training exercises in Beryozovaya Bay, off the coast of Russia’s far-eastern Kamchatka peninsula, when its propellers …

  • 27 September

    Khrushchev announces he is ready to begin arms talks

    Khrushchev announces he is ready to begin arms talks

    Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev declares that he is ready to begin disarmament talks with the West. Though the Russian leader declined to discuss specific plans for disarmament, his statement was interpreted as an indication that he sought to limit the possibility of nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the …

  • 26 September

    Louis Schwitzer wins first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    Louis Schwitzer wins first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    In front of some 12,000 spectators, automotive engineer Louis Schwitzer wins the two-lap, five-mile inaugural race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 19, 1909. Conceived by local businessmen as a testing facility for Indiana’s growing automobile industry, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway would later become famous as …

  • 26 September

    Henderson steals his way to a record

    Henderson steals his way to a record

    Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 119th base of the year, breaking Hall of Famer Lou Brock’s 1979 record for stolen bases in a season. Rickey Henley Henderson was born on Christmas Day, 1958. When he was seven years old, his family moved to Oakland, where the gregarious boy …

  • 26 September

    Corps of Discovery suffers its only death

    Corps of Discovery suffers its only death

    Sergeant Charles Floyd dies three months into the voyage of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, becoming the only member of the Corps of Discovery to die during the journey. Lewis and Clark left St. Louis the previous May, heading up the Missouri River with a party of 35 men, called …