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September, 2016

  • 13 September

    Teddy Roosevelt’s trip to San Francisco is captured on film

    Teddy Roosevelt’s trip to San Francisco is captured on film

    On this day in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt’s trip to San Francisco is captured on moving-picture film, making him the first president to have an official activity recorded in that medium. A cameraman named H.J. Miles filmed the president while riding in a parade in his honor. The resulting short …

  • 12 September

    North Vietnamese infiltrators attack U.S. base

    North Vietnamese infiltrators attack U.S. base

    North Vietnamese demolition experts infiltrate the major U.S. air base at Cam Ranh Bay, blowing up six tanks of aviation fuel, which resulted in the loss of about 1.5 million gallons. U.S. commander Creighton Abrams criticized the inadequate security.

  • 11 September

    U.S. Olympian Louie Zamperini’s plane goes down in the Pacific

    U.S. Olympian Louie Zamperini’s plane goes down in the Pacific

    On this day in 1943, a B-24 carrying U.S. airman and former Olympic runner Louis “Louie” Zamperini crashes into the Pacific Ocean. After surviving the crash, Zamperini floated on a raft in shark-infested waters for more than a month before being picked up by the Japanese and spending the next …

  • 10 September

    Paris peace talks at standstill

    Paris peace talks at standstill

    Still deadlocked, the Vietnam peace talks in Paris enter their fourth year. The talks had begun with much fanfare in May 1968, but almost immediately were plagued by procedural questions that impeded any meaningful progress. Even the seating arrangement was disputed: South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky refused to consent …

  • 9 September

    A nurse steals another woman’s unborn baby

    A nurse steals another woman’s unborn baby

    Norma Jean Armistead checks herself into Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, California, with a newborn that she claims to have given birth to at home. Some staff members were already aware that Armistead, a nurse at the hospital, had a pregnancy listed on her medical charts the previous year, but …

  • 9 September

    First Indianapolis 500 is run

    First Indianapolis 500 is run

    On May 30, 1911, the inaugural Indianapolis 500 is run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. The 200-lap, two-and-a-half mile race has since become a Memorial Day weekend tradition. With the exception of a break in 1917 and 1918 for World War I and from 1942 to 1945 for …

  • 8 September

    John Hancock becomes president of Congress

    John Hancock becomes president of Congress

    On this day in 1775, John Hancock is elected president of the Second Continental Congress. John Hancock is best known for his large signature on the Declaration of Independence, which he jested the British could read without spectacles. He was serving as president of Congress upon the declaration’s adoption on …

  • 8 September

    Newspaper report criticizes Mrs. Lincoln

    Newspaper report criticizes Mrs. Lincoln

    An obscure California newspaper casts first lady Mary Todd Lincoln in an unflattering light on this day in 1861. Quoting a report in the Sacramento Union, the Humboldt Times recounted a tale of how Mrs. Lincoln had usurped her husband’s presidential duty of appointing federal offices. According to the report, …

  • 7 September

    West Germany joins NATO

    West Germany joins NATO

    Ten years after the Nazis were defeated in World War II, West Germany formally joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a mutual defense group aimed at containing Soviet expansion in Europe. This action marked the final step of West Germany’s integration into the Western European defense system. Germany had …

  • 7 September

    SALT agreements signed

    SALT agreements signed

    Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and U.S. President Richard Nixon, meeting in Moscow, sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreements. At the time, these agreements were the most far-reaching attempts to control nuclear weapons ever. Nixon and Brezhnev seemed unlikely candidates for the American and Soviet statesmen who would sign …