Historic World Events / September (page 20)

September

List historic world events in September

July, 2016

  • 13 July

    Rebels begin attack against Fort Davidson, Missouri

    Rebels begin attack against Fort Davidson, Missouri

    On this day in 1864, Confederate General Sterling Price invades Missouri and engages Union pickets near Fort Davidson at Pilot Knob. Price’s troops captured the fort within two days and scattered the Union defenders, but also suffered heavy losses. Going into the battle, the Confederate military fortunes were at an …

  • 13 July

    Willie Mays makes catch

    Willie Mays makes catch

    On September 29, 1954, Willie Mays, centerfielder for the New York Giants, makes an amazing over-the-shoulder catch of a fly ball hit by Cleveland Indians first baseman Vic Wertz to rob Wertz of extra bases in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series. The catch has gone down as one …

  • 13 July

    Eisenhower and Khrushchev meet for talks

    Eisenhower and Khrushchev meet for talks

    Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev caps his trip to the United States with two days of meetings with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The two men came to general agreement on a number of issues, but a U-2 spy plane incident in May 1960 crushed any hopes for further improvement of U.S.-Soviet …

  • 13 July

    Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and best-selling author, is born

    Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and best-selling author, is born

    On this day in 1928, Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel, the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize-winning author of more than 50 books, including “Night,” an internationally acclaimed memoir based on his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, is born in Sighet, Transylvania (present-day Romania). …

  • 12 July

    Agatha Christie is born

    Agatha Christie is born

    Mary Clarissa Agatha Miller, later known as Agatha Christie, is born on this day in Torquay, Devon, England. Raised and educated at Ashfield, her parents’ comfortable home, Christie began making up stories as a child. Her mother and her older sister Madge also made up stories: Madge told especially thrilling …

  • 12 July

    Train derails in Alabama swamp

    Train derails in Alabama swamp

    An Amtrak train headed to Miami derails near Mobile, Alabama, killing 47 people on this day in 1993. The accident, the deadliest in Amtrak’s history, was caused by a negligent towboat operator and foggy conditions. The Sunset Limited train travels from Los Angeles through Texas to New Orleans before arriving …

  • 12 July

    U.S. Ambassador in Saigon warns that situation is worsening

    U.S. Ambassador in Saigon warns that situation is worsening

    In a cable to Secretary of State Christian A. Herter, U.S. Ambassador in Saigon, Elbridge Durbrow analyzes two separate but related threats to the Ngo Dinh Diem regime, danger from demonstration or coup, predominantly “non-Communist” in origin; and the danger of a gradual Viet Cong extension of control over the …

  • 12 July

    Architect of apartheid assassinated

    Architect of apartheid assassinated

    South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is stabbed to death by a deranged messenger during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town. The assailant, Demetrio Tsafendas, was a Mozambique immigrant of mixed racial descent–part Greek and part Swazi. As minister of native affairs and later as South African leader, Verwoerd oversaw …

  • 11 July

    Napoleon enters Moscow

    Napoleon enters Moscow

    One week after winning a bloody victory over the Russian army at the Battle of Borodino, Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grande Armée enters the city of Moscow, only to find the population evacuated and the Russian army retreated again. Moscow was the goal of the invasion, but the deserted city held no …

  • 10 July

    Khrushchev elected Soviet leader

    Khrushchev elected Soviet leader

    Six months after the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev succeeds him with his election as first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Born into a Ukrainian peasant family in 1894, Khrushchev worked as a mine mechanic before joining the Soviet Communist Party in 1918. …