Historic World Events / August (page 2)

August

List historic world events in August

September, 2016

  • 25 September

    Actor Richard Gere born

    Actor Richard Gere born

    On this day in 1949, Richard Gere, the star of such hit films as An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman and Chicago, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gere was raised in the Syracuse, New York area and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship. He …

  • 24 September

    William Saroyan is born

    William Saroyan is born

    William Saroyan, the son of an Armenian immigrant, is born in Fresno on this day in 1908. Saroyan’s father died when the boy was only three, and he was raised in an orphanage. His mother later reunited the family. To earn extra money for the family, Saroyan started selling newspapers …

  • 24 September

    Hanoi prepares for more air attacks

    Hanoi prepares for more air attacks

    Hanoi is reported to be holding air-raid drills for fear of more U.S. attacks in the wake of the Pierce Arrow retaliatory raids that had been flown in response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The North Vietnamese government urged all civilians with nonessential posts to leave the city. In …

  • 23 September

    John Huston dies

    John Huston dies

    Director John Huston dies of pneumonia at age 81 on this day in 1987, after a lifelong career in entertainment. Huston was the son of actor Walter Huston, a vaudeville performer who began appearing in films in 1929. John Huston performed on the vaudeville circuit from age three. As a …

  • 22 September

    Detroit surrenders without a fight

    Detroit surrenders without a fight

    During the War of 1812, American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit and his army to the British without a fight. Hull, a 59-year-old veteran of the American Revolution, had lost hope of defending the settlement after seeing the large English and Indian force gathering outside Detroit’s walls. The general …

  • 22 September

    Zager and Evans end a six-week run at #1 with their smash-hit “In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)”

    Zager and Evans end a six-week run at #1 with their smash-hit “In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)"

    Despite the impression one might get from movies and television, the actual soundtrack of late 1960s America was not utterly monopolized by darlings of the counterculture. Hollywood has certainly conditioned us to expect a song by Jimi Hendrix, the Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival or Buffalo Springfield every time we …

  • 22 September

    Boeing 707 crashes into a mountain near Agadir, Morocco

    Boeing 707 crashes into a mountain near Agadir, Morocco

    On this day in 1975, a chartered Boeing 707 jetliner crashes in the Atlas Mountains near Agadir, a coastal city in southern Morocco. All 188 people aboard the plane were killed, in the fourth worst air disaster to that date. Owned by the Jordanian airline Alia and chartered to Royal …

  • 22 September

    Train crashes into station in Yugoslavia

    Train crashes into station in Yugoslavia

    A train entering a Zagreb, Yugoslavia, station derails, killing 153 people, on this day in 1974. It was the worst rail accident in the country’s history to that date and remains one of the worst in Europe’s history. The express train from Belgrade to Dortmund was filled mostly with workers …

  • 21 September

    Movie tough guy Charles Bronson dies

    Movie tough guy Charles Bronson dies

    On this day in 2003, the actor Charles Bronson, best known for his tough-guy roles in such films as The Dirty Dozen and the Death Wish franchise, dies at the age of 81 in Los Angeles. Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky on November 3, 1921, in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, to Lithuanian …

  • 21 September

    A Jewish youth is killed by a mob

    A Jewish youth is killed by a mob

    Yankel Rosenbaum, a visiting student from Australia, is stabbed to death by an angry mob in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. The crowd, consisting of young black men, had been intent on seeking revenge against Jewish people for the death of seven-year-old Gavin Cato, who had been …