Historic World Events / September (page 4)

September

List historic world events in September

September, 2016

  • 12 September

    U.S. launches Saint-Mihiel offensive

    U.S. launches Saint-Mihiel offensive

    On this day in 1918, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) under the command of General John J. Pershing launches its first major offensive operation as an independent army during World War I. After lending much-needed support to the exhausted French forces at Belleau Wood in June 1918 and in the …

  • 12 September

    Mussolini re-establishes a fascist regime in northern Italy

    Mussolini re-establishes a fascist regime in northern Italy

    On this day in 1943, Benito Mussolini, deposed dictator of Italy, fashions a new fascist republic–by the leave of his new German masters–which he “rules” from his headquarters in northern Italy. In July 1943, after a Grand Council vote of “no confidence,” Mussolini was thrust from power and quickly placed …

  • 12 September

    Diana Nyad, 64, makes record swim from Cuba to Florida

    Diana Nyad, 64, makes record swim from Cuba to Florida

    On this day in 2013, 64-year-old Diana Nyad becomes the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage for protection. Nyad completed the 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West, through the jellyfish-and shark-infested waters of the Straits of Florida, in approximately 53 …

  • 11 September

    Gerald Ford survives first assassination attempt

    Gerald Ford survives first assassination attempt

    On this day in 1975, President Gerald R. Ford survives an attempt on his life in Sacramento, California. The assailant, a petite, red haired, freckle-faced young woman named Lynette Fromme, approached the president while he was walking near the California Capitol and raised a .45 caliber handgun toward him. Before …

  • 11 September

    Vietnam independence proclaimed

    Vietnam independence proclaimed

    Hours after Japan’s surrender in World War II, Vietnamese communist Ho Chi Minh declares the independence of Vietnam from France. The proclamation paraphrased the U.S. Declaration of Independence in declaring, “All men are born equal: the Creator has given us inviolable rights, life, liberty, and happiness!” and was cheered by …

  • 10 September

    Union General Henry Slocum is born

    Union General Henry Slocum is born

    Union General Henry Slocum is born in Delphi, New York. In 1852, Slocum graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, seventh in his class of 42. He remained in the military for just four years, serving in Florida and South Carolina. In 1856, he left the service to study law, and …

  • 10 September

    Violence in Boston over racial busing

    Violence in Boston over racial busing

    In Boston, Massachusetts, opposition to court-ordered school “busing” turns violent on the opening day of classes. School buses carrying African American children were pelted with eggs, bricks, and bottles, and police in combat gear fought to control angry white protesters besieging the schools. U.S. District Judge Arthur Garrity ordered the …

  • 9 September

    Avalanche thunders into Russian village

    Avalanche thunders into Russian village

    A glacial avalanche in Russia buries a village on this day in 2002, killing more than 100 people. The North Ossetia area of Russia was hard hit by floods in June 2002. These floods, along with an early and hot summer, proved to be a precursor to a much larger …

  • 9 September

    North Vietnamese Army begins infiltration

    North Vietnamese Army begins infiltration

    South Vietnamese officials claim that two companies from the North Vietnamese army have invaded South Vietnam. A battle resulted in Quang Tri Province, just south of the Demilitarized Zone, but the North Vietnamese forces were defeated with heavy casualties. Since North Vietnamese main force units had not been seen in …

  • 8 September

    Leo Tolstoy marries Sophie Andreyevna Behrs

    Leo Tolstoy marries Sophie Andreyevna Behrs

    On this day, Count Leo Tolstoy married Sophie Andreyevna Behrs. The 34-year-old Tolstoy was nearly twice the age of his teenage bride. After losing his parents as a child, Tolstoy inherited a large estate and was raised by relatives. He began studies at Kazan University at age 16 but was …