Historic World Events / September (page 5)

September

List historic world events in September

September, 2016

  • 8 September

    Minnesotans nearly wipeout the James-Younger Gang

    Minnesotans nearly wipeout the James-Younger Gang

    Attempting a bold daytime robbery of the Northfield Minnesota bank, the James-Younger gang suddenly finds itself surrounded by angry townspeople and is nearly wiped out on this day in 1876. The bandits began with a diversion: five of the men galloped through the center of town, hollering and shooting their …

  • 8 September

    Mormons and Paiutes murder 120 emigrants at Mountain Meadows

    Mormons and Paiutes murder 120 emigrants at Mountain Meadows

    On this day in 1857, Mormon guerillas, stoked by religious zeal and a deep resentment of decades of public abuse and federal interference, murder 120 emigrants at Mountain Meadows, Utah. Although historical accounts differ, the conflict with the wagon train of emigrants from Missouri and Arkansas apparently began when the …

  • 8 September

    Union generals blamed for Chickamauga defeat

    Union generals blamed for Chickamauga defeat

    Union Generals Alexander M. McCook and Thomas Crittenden lose their commands and are ordered to Indianapolis, Indiana, to face a court of inquiry following the Federal defeat at the battle of Chickamauga in Georgia. Eight days before, the Union Army of the Cumberland, commanded by General William Rosecrans, had retreated …

  • 7 September

    Future President William Taft born

    Future President William Taft born

    On this day in 1857, William Howard Taft is born in Cincinnati, Ohio Taft was born into a politically active family; his father had served as President Ulysses S. Grant’s secretary of war. He attended college at Yale University, graduating second in his class. He then attended Cincinnati Law School …

  • 6 September

    The famous “four-level” opens in Los Angeles

    The famous “four-level” opens in Los Angeles

    On September 22, 1953, the first four-level (or “stack”) interchange in the world opens in Los Angeles, California, at the intersection of the Harbor, Hollywood, Pasadena, and Santa Ana freeways. It was, as The Saturday Evening Post wrote, “a mad motorist’s dream”: 32 lanes of traffic weaving in eight directions …

  • 5 September

    Ted Williams becomes last player to hit .400

    Ted Williams becomes last player to hit .400

    On this day in 1941, the Boston Red Sox’s Ted Williams plays a double-header against the Philadelphia Athletics on the last day of the regular season and gets six hits in eight trips to the plate, to boost his batting average to .406 and become the first player since Bill …

  • 5 September

    Yankees capture Chattanooga

    Yankees capture Chattanooga

    Union General William Rosecrans completes a brilliant campaign against the army of Confederate General Braxton Bragg when his forces capture Chattanooga, Tennessee. The capture of Chattanooga followed a campaign in which there was little fighting but much maneuvering. On June 23, Rosecrans marched his troops out of their camp in …

  • 5 September

    Pressure mounts against continued U.S. involvement in Vietnam

    Pressure mounts against continued U.S. involvement in Vietnam

    The Johnson administration and its handling of the war in Vietnam comes under attack from several quarters. A group of 22 eminent U.S. scientists, including seven Nobel laureates, urged the President to halt the use of antipersonnel and anti-crop chemical weapons in Vietnam. In Congress, House Republicans issued a “White …

  • 4 September

    Central High School integrated

    Central High School integrated

    Under escort from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, nine black students enter all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Three weeks earlier, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had surrounded the school with National Guard troops to prevent its federal court-ordered racial integration. After a tense standoff, President Dwight D. …

  • 4 September

    Tupac Shakur dies

    Tupac Shakur dies

    Hip hop star Tupac Shakur dies on September 13, 1996 of gunshot wounds suffered in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting. More than a decade after his death on this day in 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur remains one of the most recognizable faces and voices in hip-hop. A steady stream of …