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September, 2016

  • 29 September

    France to surrender

    France to surrender

    With Paris fallen and the German conquest of France reaching its conclusion, Marshal Henri Petain replaces Paul Reynaud as prime minister and announces his intention to sign an armistice with the Nazis. The next day, French General Charles de Gaulle, not very well known even to the French, made a …

  • 29 September

    Cease-fire established in Angolan civil war

    Cease-fire established in Angolan civil war

    After nearly 15 years of civil war, opposing factions in Angola agree to a cease-fire to end a conflict that had claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. The cease-fire also helped to defuse U.S.-Soviet tensions concerning Angola. Angola was a former Portuguese colony that had attained independence in 1975. Even …

  • 28 September

    Taft marries Helen Herron

    Taft marries Helen Herron

    Future President William Howard Taft marries Helen “Nellie” Herron in Cincinnati, Ohio, on this day in 1886. According to biographers at the National First Ladies Library, Nellie was strong-willed, bright and ambitious but hid deep-seated insecurities about her looks and worried that she would never be taken seriously because she …

  • 28 September

    French withdraw navy from NATO

    French withdraw navy from NATO

    The French government shocks its allies by announcing that it is withdrawing its navy from the North Atlantic fleet of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The French action was viewed in the West as evidence that France would be pursuing an independent policy regarding its nuclear arsenal. In the …

  • 28 September

    Britain recognizes General Charles de Gaulle as the leader of the Free French

    Britain recognizes General Charles de Gaulle as the leader of the Free French

    On this day in 1940, General Charles de Gaulle, having set up headquarters in England upon the establishment of a puppet government in his native France, is recognized as the leader of the Free French Forces, dedicated to the defeat of Germany and the liberation of all France. For Charles …

  • 27 September

    Battle of Little Bighorn

    Battle of Little Bighorn

    On this day in 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River. Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, leaders of the Sioux tribe on the Great …

  • 26 September

    Title IX enacted

    Title IX enacted

    On this day in 1972, Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 is enacted into law. Title IX prohibits federally funded educational institutions from discriminating against students or employees based on sex. It begins: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from …

  • 26 September

    Indians defeat Custer at Little Big Horn

    Indians defeat Custer at Little Big Horn

    Determined to resist the efforts of the U.S. Army to force them onto reservations, Indians under the leadership of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse wipe out Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and much of his 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Sioux Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy …

  • 26 September

    JFK has busy day

    JFK has busy day

    President John F. Kennedy announces that the U.S. may cease atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons on this day in 1963. Before the day was out, he had also signed a bill prohibiting wage discrimination toward women and sent a telegram to Governor George Wallace of Alabama asking him not to …

  • 26 September

    Cleveland asks for inquiry into number of “aliens” in federal employment

    Cleveland asks for inquiry into number of “aliens” in federal employment

    On this day in 1896, President Grover Cleveland asks leaders of federal departments to investigate how many “aliens,” or foreign nationals, are currently employed in the federal government, specifically directing his request to the secretaries of state, treasury, war, navy, interior and agriculture, the postmaster general and the attorney general. …