Historic World Events / September (page 30)

September

List historic world events in September

June, 2016

  • 5 June

    Unabomber manifesto published

    Unabomber manifesto published

    On this day in 1995, a manifesto by the Unabomber, an anti-technology terrorist, is published by The New York Times and Washington Post in the hope that someone will recognize the person who, for 17 years, had been sending homemade bombs through the mail that had killed and maimed innocent …

  • 5 June

    Great Fire of London begins

    Great Fire of London begins

    In the early morning hours, the Great Fire of London breaks out in the house of King Charles II’s baker on Pudding Lane near London Bridge. It soon spread to Thames Street, where warehouses filled with combustibles and a strong easterly wind transformed the blaze into an inferno. When the …

  • 4 June

    U.S. officials defend use of defoliants

    U.S. officials defend use of defoliants

    U.S. military spokesmen defend the use of defoliants in Vietnam at a news conference in Saigon, claiming that the use of the agents in selected areas of South Vietnam had neither appreciably altered the country’s ecology, nor produced any harmful effects on human or animal life. However, a paper released …

  • 4 June

    First session of Continental Congress convenes

    First session of Continental Congress convenes

    On this day in 1774, in response to the British Parliament’s enactment of the Coercive Acts in the American colonies, the first session of the Continental Congress convenes at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia. Fifty-six delegates from all of the colonies except Georgia drafted a declaration of rights and grievances and …

  • 3 June

    First Battle of the Marne begins

    First Battle of the Marne begins

    On September 6, 1914, some 30 miles northeast of Paris, the French 6th Army under the command of General Michel-Joseph Manoury attacks the right flank of the German 1st Army, beginning the decisive First Battle of the Marne at the end of the first month of World War I. After …

  • 3 June

    Allied forces break through the Hindenburg Line

    Allied forces break through the Hindenburg Line

    On this day in 1918, after a 56-hour-long bombardment, Allied forces breach the so-called Hindenburg Line, the last line of German defenses on the Western Front during World War I. Built in late 1916, the Hindenburg Line—named by the British for the German commander in chief, Paul von Hindenburg; it …

  • 2 June

    Ho Chi Minh to be succeeded by committee

    Ho Chi Minh to be succeeded by committee

    South Vietnam’s Communist Party newspaper Nhan Dan and Radio Hanoi announce that Ho Chi Minh is to be succeeded by a committee of leadership consisting of Le Duan, first secretary of the party; Truong Chin, member of the Politburo and chairman of the National Assembly; General Vo Nguyen Giap, defense …

  • 2 June

    British War Cabinet reacts to the Blitz in kind

    British War Cabinet reacts to the Blitz in kind

    On this day in 1940, in light of the destruction and terror inflicted on Londoners by a succession of German bombing raids, called “the Blitz,” the British War Cabinet instructs British bombers over Germany to drop their bombs “anywhere” if unable to reach their targets. The prior two nights of …

  • 2 June

    Britain and France declare war on Germany

    Britain and France declare war on Germany

    On this day in 1939, in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Britain and France, both allies of the overrun nation declare war on Germany. The first casualty of that declaration was not German—but the British ocean liner Athenia, which was sunk by a German U-30 submarine that had assumed …

  • 2 June

    A Bible school instructor abducts a teenage girl

    A Bible school instructor abducts a teenage girl

    Thirteen-year-old Melissa Benoit disappears in her hometown of Kingston, Massachusetts, on her way home from a friend’s house. Although the town detective talked to everyone who lived on the path between the two houses, no one admitted to having seen Benoit. Soon afterward, the FBI joined the search. Yet, despite …