Historic World Events / August (page 5)

August

List historic world events in August

September, 2016

  • 13 September

    A.S. Byatt, author of Possession, is born

    A.S. Byatt, author of Possession, is born

    A.S. Byatt, born Antonia Susan Drabble, is born on this day in the industrial town of Sheffield in Yorkshire, England. Sister of successful novelist Margaret Drabble, Byatt will be known for both her scholarly works and fiction. Byatt, the daughter of a Quaker judge and a Cambridge-educated mother, was painfully …

  • 12 September

    British troops set fire to the White House

    British troops set fire to the White House

    On this day in 1814, during the War of 1812 between the United States and England, British troops enter Washington, D.C. and burn the White House in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada, in June 1812. When the British arrived at the White …

  • 12 September

    Billy the Kid kills his first man

    Billy the Kid kills his first man

    Though only a teenager at the time, Billy the Kid wounds an Arizona blacksmith who dies the next day. He was the famous outlaw’s first victim. Just how many men Billy the Kid killed is uncertain. Billy himself reportedly once claimed he had killed 21 men-“one for every year of …

  • 11 September

    Los Angeles jury clears John Z. DeLorean of drug charges

    Los Angeles jury clears John Z. DeLorean of drug charges

    After close to 30 hours of deliberation, a jury of six men and six women unanimously acquits the former automaker John Z. DeLorean of eight counts of drug trafficking in Los Angeles, California, on this day in 1984. A Detroit native and the son of an autoworker, DeLorean began working …

  • 11 September

    Elusive Mount of the Holy Cross photographed

    Elusive Mount of the Holy Cross photographed

    William Henry Jackson becomes the first person to photograph Colorado’s elusive Mount of the Holy Cross, providing reliable proof of its existence. Rumors had abounded for years that a natural cross of snow lay hidden high in the rugged mountains of Colorado. Many claimed to have seen the cross, but …

  • 10 September

    Aleksandr Godunov defects to United States

    Aleksandr Godunov defects to United States

    Russian ballet star Aleksandr Godunov defects to the United States after a performance in New York City. He became the first dancer to defect from the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet. Godunov was the latest in a string of Soviet ballet dancers to defect to the United States in the 1960s and …

  • 10 September

    Basinger and Baldwin marry

    Basinger and Baldwin marry

    On this day in 1993, the actors Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin marry in East Hampton, New York. The Hollywood power couple reportedly became involved on the set of the romantic comedy The Marrying Man (1991), in which they played lovers. The film was a box-office flop, as was a …

  • 10 September

    Hired killer Jim Miller joins Texas Rangers

    Hired killer Jim Miller joins Texas Rangers

    The hired assassin Jim Miller briefly joins the Texas Rangers, demonstrating how thin the line between outlaw and lawmen often was in the West. Many lawmen in the Old West had never been on the wrong side of the law themselves, but more than a few moved easily between the …

  • 9 September

    Military aid to Saigon slashed

    Military aid to Saigon slashed

    In the wake of Nixon’s resignation, Congress reduces military aid to South Vietnam from $1 billion to $700 million. This was one of several actions that signaled the North Vietnamese that the United States was backing away from its commitment to South Vietnam.

  • 9 September

    Red Cross announces Japan refuses passage of supplies for U.S. POWs

    Red Cross announces Japan refuses passage of supplies for U.S. POWs

    On this day in 1942, the international humanitarian agency, the Red Cross, reveals that Japan has refused free passage of ships carrying food, medicine, and other necessities for American POWs held by Japan. In January 1941, the U.S. government requested that the American Red Cross begin a blood-donor program to …