Historic World Events / September (page 2)

September

List historic world events in September

September, 2016

  • 25 September

    Patton questions necessity of Germany’s “denazification”

    Patton questions necessity of Germany’s “denazification”

    On this day in 1945, Gen. George S. Patton tells reporters that he does not see the need for “this denazification thing” and compares the controversy over Nazism to a “Democratic and Republican election fight.” Once again, “Old Blood and Guts” had put his foot in his mouth. Descended from …

  • 25 September

    Donny Osmond has the #1 hit on the U.S. pop charts with “Go Away Little Girl”

    Donny Osmond has the #1 hit on the U.S. pop charts with “Go Away Little Girl”

    Donny Osmond began his professional career in the early 1960s, as the dimpled, five-year-old frontman of the family barbershop quintet. These days, he is still a reliable Las Vegas nightclub draw; an occasional above-the-marquee star of touring Broadway musicals; and an on-again, off-again host of syndicated television chat- and game-shows. …

  • 24 September

    Controversial long count mars Tunney-

    Controversial long count mars Tunney-

    On September 22, 1927, heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney, with help from a controversial long count, defeats former champ Jack Dempsey at Soldier Field in Chicago. A year earlier, on September 23, 1926, Tunney, a 6-foot former Marine with matinee-idol looks, faced Dempsey, who had held the heavyweight title for …

  • 24 September

    Riot at Attica prison

    Riot at Attica prison

    Prisoners riot and seize control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York. Later that day, state police retook most of the prison, but 1,281 convicts occupied an exercise field called D Yard, where they held 39 prison guards and employees hostage for four days. After negotiations stalled, …

  • 24 September

    Silent-film star arrested for murder

    Silent-film star arrested for murder

    Fatty Arbuckle, a silent-film era performer at the height of his fame, is arrested in San Francisco for the rape and murder of aspiring actress Virginia Rappe. Arbuckle was later acquitted by a jury, but the scandal essentially put an end to his career. Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle was born on …

  • 23 September

    Arnold and Gates argue at First Battle of Saratoga

    Arnold and Gates argue at First Battle of Saratoga

    In the early morning hours of this day in 1777, British General John Burgoyne launches a three-column attack against General Horatio Gates and his American forces in the First Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Freeman’s Farm. Coming under heavy cannon fire from the approaching British troops, …

  • 22 September

    Cheyenne and Sioux decimate frontiersmen at Beecher’s Island

    Cheyenne and Sioux decimate frontiersmen at Beecher’s Island

    Early in the morning on this day in 1868, a large band of Cheyenne and Sioux stage a surprise attack on Major George A. Forsyth and a volunteer force of 50 frontiersmen in Colorado. Retreating to a small sandbar in the Arikaree River that thereafter became known as Beecher’s Island, …

  • 22 September

    First Cannes Film Festival

    First Cannes Film Festival

    The first annual Cannes Film Festival opens at the resort city of Cannes on the French Riviera. The festival had intended to make its debut in September 1939, but the outbreak of World War II forced the cancellation of the inaugural Cannes. The world’s first annual international film festival was …

  • 22 September

    Seventh Battle of the Isonzo

    Seventh Battle of the Isonzo

    On September 14, 1916, Italian troops during World War I launch a short, concentrated attack on Austro-Hungarian positions on the Italian Front, near the Isonzo River. Italy’s entrance into the Great War on May 23, 1915, had opened up a new front stretching 600 kilometers—most of them mountainous—along Italy’s much-contested …

  • 20 September

    Deadly hurricane destroys Galveston

    Deadly hurricane destroys Galveston

    On this day in 1900, a Category 4 hurricane rips through Galveston, Texas, killing an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people. A 15-foot storm surge flooded the city, then situated at less than nine feet above sea level, and numerous homes and buildings were destroyed. The hurricane remains the worst weather-related …