September

List historic world events in September

September, 2016

  • 29 September

    First Anglo women settle west of the Rockies

    First Anglo women settle west of the Rockies

    On this day in 1836, Narcissa Whitman arrives in Walla Walla, Washington, becoming one of the first Anglo women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains. Narcissa and Marcus Whitman, along with their close friends Eliza and Henry Spalding, had departed from New York earlier that year on the long …

  • 29 September

    It’s a Wonderful Life director Capra dies

    It’s a Wonderful Life director Capra dies

    On this day in 1991, Frank Capra, a leading Hollywood director in the 1930s and 1940s whose movies include the now-classic You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life, dies at the age of 94 at his home in La Quinta, California. …

  • 28 September

    Chester Arthur becomes third president to serve in one year

    Chester Arthur becomes third president to serve in one year

    On this day in 1881, Chester Arthur is inaugurated, becoming the third person to serve as president in that year. The year 1881 began with Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in office. Hayes served out his first and only term and officially turned over the reins of government to James A. …

  • 28 September

    Kennedy proposes joint mission to the moon

    Kennedy proposes joint mission to the moon

    An optimistic and upbeat President John F. Kennedy suggests that the Soviet Union and the United States cooperate on a mission to mount an expedition to the moon. The proposal caught both the Soviets and many Americans off guard. In 1961, shortly after his election as president, John F. Kennedy …

  • 27 September

    Johnny Mathis is born

    Johnny Mathis is born

    Stars like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were established enough to survive the rock-and-roll revolution, but the arrival of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry et al., in the late-1950s did no favors for most of the artists who occupied the top of the pre-rock-and-roll pop charts. Names like Perez Prado, Gogi …

  • 27 September

    Nazis and communists divvy up Poland

    Nazis and communists divvy up Poland

    On this day in 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union agree to divide control of occupied Poland roughly along the Bug River–the Germans taking everything west, the Soviets taking everything east. As a follow-up to the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, (also known as the Hitler-Stalin Pact), that created a non-aggression treaty between …

  • 26 September

    Fighter pilot nominated for Medal of Honor

    Fighter pilot nominated for Medal of Honor

    Lt. Col. William A. Jones III leads a mission near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam, to rescue a downed pilot. Locating the pilot, who had activated his emergency locator beacon, Colonel Jones attacked a nearby gun emplacement. On his second pass, Colonel Jones’ aircraft was hit and the cockpit of his …

  • 26 September

    Emily Post’s By Motor to the Fair appears in Collier’s

    Emily Post’s By Motor to the Fair appears in Collier’s

    On September 11, 1915, Collier’s magazine publishes the second in a series of three essays on automobile travel by a not-yet-well-known writer named Emily Post. The series, called “By Motor to the Fair,” told the story of Post’s 27-day drive from New York City to the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San …

  • 25 September

    Irish nationalist seeks German support

    Irish nationalist seeks German support

    In Washington, D.C., on September 13, 1914, the former British diplomat Sir Roger Casement secretly meets with Franz von Papen, the German military attaché, to seek Germany’s support in the effort to win independence from British rule for Ireland. Born in Dublin in 1864, Casement earned international acclaim for his …

  • 25 September

    47th North Vietnamese MiG shot down

    47th North Vietnamese MiG shot down

    Phuc Yen, 10 miles north of Hanoi, and one of the largest air bases in North Vietnam, is smashed by U.S. fighter-bombers. During the attack, a MiG was shot down, bringing the total to 47 enemy aircraft shot down since the beginning of the North Vietnamese offensive. At this point …