Little Bits of History

09 September Topics

September 1: Japan’s Great Earthquake – In 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake rocked Japan.
Six Million Dollar Man – In 1980, Terry Fox had to end his Marathon of Hope.
Martha: R.I.P. – In 1914, the last passenger pigeon died.
Walls – In 1836, Narcissa Whitman arrived at Walla Walla Fort.
Juno is Found – In 1804, a new asteroid was discovered.
Silver Argentina – In 1529 Fort Sancti Spiritu was destroyed.

September 2: Liberal Arts and Music – In 1833, Oberlin College was founded.
London Burns – In 1666, the Great Fire of London began.
World War II – In 1945, the war ended.
Rock Springs – In 1885, the Rock Springs Massacre took place.
Buried – In 1806, a Swiss city was buried in a landslide.
Skipping Ahead – In 1752, Great Britain and all her colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar.

September 3 : Terror at Beslan School – In 2004, the Beslan School takeover came to a bloody end.
Left; Right – In 1967, Sweden switched which side of the street they would drive on.
Republic – In 310, San Marino was founded.
Poetry – In 1802, William Wordsworth wrote a poem.
Going Pro – In 1895, John Brallier became a professional American football player.
World Driver – In 1950, Nino Farina won the first Formula One World Drivers’ Competition.

September 4: Ginger or Mary Ann? – In 1967, the last Gilligan’s Island show aired.
Smile – In 1888, George Eastman patented his camera.
Seven Golds – In 1973, Mark Spitz won his seventh Olympic gold medal.
The South – In 1950, the first Southern 500 was held.
Early Aviation – In 1923, the USS Shenandoah took her maiden flight.
Funny Kind of Forest – In 1992, Carl Lindley returned to Alaska.

September 5: The Games Must Go On – In 1972, the Munich Massacre took place at the Olympic Games.
It Never Ends – In 1986, Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked.
Labor Day – In 1882, the first Labor Day parade was held.
Married – In 1725, King Louis XV got married.
Party Girl – In 1921, Virginia Rapp went to a party.
Up, Up, and More Up – In 1862, a hot air balloon ride was taken.

September 6: “Simplify, simplify.” – In 1847, Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond.
Around the World in Years – In 1522, the first circumnavigation of the globe finally ended.
Howard Unruh – In 1949, a mass murdering spree in New Jersey took place.
Assassination – In 1901, President William McKinley was shot.
Greatest Simplicity Rule – In 1803, John Dalton made an observation.
Bad Show – In 1952, disaster struck an air show.

September 7: Ann and Andy – In 1915, a patent was granted for the making of a rag doll.
She’s Gone – In 1911, Guillaume Apollinaire was arrested for an art theft.
Not Soccer – In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened.
Get Out – In 1652, the Guo Huaiyi Rebellion began.
Plot Goes Awry – In 1571, Thomas Howard was arrested for a plot against the Queen.
Every Pirate’s Dream – In 1695, pirates captured a Chinese ship.

September 8: Something in the Water – In 1854, Dr. John Snow saved London from an outbreak of cholera.
There She Is – In 1921, Margaret Gorman became the first Miss America.
David Revealed – In 1504, Michelangelo’s statue was unveiled.
Flags – In 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance appeared in print for the first time.
Puppet Show Calamity – In 1727, a puppet show ended in mass deaths.
Sticky Situation – In 1930, cellulose tape hit the market.

September 9: Stop Bugging Me – In 1947, a computer bug was found.
Billion Dollar Betsy – In 1965, Hurricane Betsy became the first US billion dollar hurricane.
Prison Riot – In 1971, the Attica Prison Riots began.
Crimean War – In 1855, the Siege of Sevastopol ended.
Mammoth Mammoth Cave – In 1972, more caves were found to be part of the Mammoth Cave system.
Pushing Back at Rome – In 9, a battle was fought in the Teutoburg Forest.

September 10: Close Your Eyes; Touch Your Nose – In 1897, the first citation for drunk driving was issued.
No More Thimbles – In 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for a sewing machine.
Italian Grad Prix – In 1961, a racing disaster occurred.
Nyon Conference – In 1937, the conference began.
Barefoot Runner – In 1960, Abebe Bikila ran a marathon and won.
Before Roanoke – In 1570, the Spanish settled in Virginia.

September 11: There She Is, Miss America – In 1954, the Miss America pageant was televised for the first time.
Milwaukee Mile – In 1903, the first race was held at the Wisconsin speedway.
World Religions – In 1893, the Parliament of the World’s Religions opened.
Treasury – In 1789, Alexander Hamilton became the 1st US Secretary of the Treasury.
Hope For the Crown Jewels – In 1792, most of the French Crown Jewels were stolen.
He Wrote the Songs – In 1847, “Oh, Susanna” was first performed.

September 12: Lascaux – In 1940, caves filled with prehistoric art were discovered at Lascaux.
How Do I Love Thee – In 1846, Elizabeth Barrett eloped with Robert Browning.
Bonanza – In 1959 – Bonanza premiered.
Lost at Sea – In 1857, the SS Central America sunk.
Pheidippides – Great Runner – In 490 BC, the Battle of Marathon took place.
Monster or Meteor – In 1952, something landed in West Virginia.

September 13: It’s Hot, Hot, Hot – In 1922, the highest temperature in the shade was recorded.
Jumpman – In 1985, Super Mario Bros. was released by Nintendo.
Traffic Fatality – In 1899 – the first traffic fatality in the US took place.
Supply and Demand – In 1812, supplies heading for Fort Harrison were captured.
Theft Goes Horribly Wrong – In 1987, a theft from a closed hospital led to death.
Thank Gods – In 509 BC, a temple in Rome was dedicated.

September 14: Fort McHenry – In 1814, a poem written by a young lawyer was published.
The Earls Leave – In 1607, the Irish aristocracy was forced to flee.
Luna 2 – In 1959, the USSR sent the first man-made object to the moon.
Alleluia – In 1741, Handel completed the oratorio for Messiah.
Olympics Were Less Strict – In 1896, Edgar Aabye was born.
A not The Founder – In 1638, John Harvard died.

September 15: I Feel the Need for Speed – In 1881, Ettore Bugatti was born.
What is That? – In 1916, tanks were first used in battle.
Railroads – In 1830, inter-city passenger rail travel began.
Life in a Vacuum – In 1947, RCA released a new vacuum tube.
Doom Bar – In 1816, the HMS Whiting ran aground.
Picking Up Steam – In 1831, A new train was given a trial run.

September 16: It’s Not Over ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings – In 1966, The Metropolitan Opera House opened.
Hero – In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan saved twenty from a submerged bus.
Sublime Tenor – In 1930, Enrico Caruso last entered a recording studio.
Nancy – In 1961, a typhoon hit Osaka, Japan.
GM Starts Here – In 1908, General Motors was founded.
Wall Street Bombing – In 1920, Wall Street was bombed.

September 17: His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I – In 1859, Joshua Abraham Norton proclaimed himself Emperor of the US.
One Dam Thing – in 1930, construction began on Boulder Dam.
No Fear of Flying – In 1908, Orville Wright crashed his plane.
Animalcules – In 1683, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote to the Royal Society.
Freedom Becomes Her – In 1849, Harriet Tubman was free.
Breaking Barriers – In 1939, the 30 minute barrier for a 10K run was broken.

September 18: Capitol Building – In 1793, George Washington laid the cornerstone for the Capitol Building.
High Class – In 1837, Charles Lewis Tiffany and partner opened a new store.
All the News That’s Fit to Print – In 1851, The New York Times first went on sale.
Old Faithful – In 1870, the geyser was named by an expeditionary force.
Hull House – In 1889, Hull House opened.
Siren Song – In 1927, Columbia began broadcasting.

September 19: Lord Haw-Haw – In 1945, William Joyce was sentenced to death for high treason against the British Government.
Buy a Vowel? – In 1983, Wheel of Fortune began evening broadcasts.
Sportsman of the Year – In 1988, Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board at the Olympic games.
Equal Rights – In 1893, women got the right to vote in New Zealand.
Farewell – In 1796, George Washington published his Farewell Address.
Light Show – In 1879, the Blackpool Illuminations began for the first time.

September 20: Cannes Film Festival – In 1946, the first Cannes Film Festival was held.
Girl’s Night – In 1973, Billy Jean King won the “War of the Sexes” against Bobby Riggs.
QE2 – In 1967, the British cruise ship was launched.
Across the Deep Blue Sea – In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan began his journey around the world.
Walk This Way – In 1737, the Walking Purchase walk ended.
Motor Wagon – In 1893, the Duryea Brothers drove their car.

September 21: Yes, Virginia – In 1897, Virginia found out there was a Santa Clause.
Got Milk? – In 1995, the Miracle of the Milk began in India.
Monday Night Changes – In 1970, Monday Night Football premiered.
Ablaze – In 1776, New York City was on fire.
Dead Poet’s Society – In 19 BC, Virgil died.
Oppau Explosion – In 1921, BASF’s storage silo blew up.

September 22: Manassa Mauler v. The Fighting Marine – In 1927, “The Long Count” fight took place.
Regrets – In 1776, Nathan Hale was executed as a spy.
Tevye’s Family – In 1964, Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway.
Movies – In 1910, the Duke of York’s Picture House opened.
Ford Tough – In 1975, the US President survived an assassination attempt.
Calorie Counter – In 1907, Wilbur Atwater died.

September 23: I Shot the Sheriff – In 1980, Bob Marley played his last concert.
No Crash – In 1999, Qantas suffered its worst incident of the century.
40-40 Club – In 1988, Jose Canseco began the 40-40 Club.
Lost at Sea – In 1641, the Merchant Royal, a British merchant ship, sunk.
Firefox Comes Online – In 2002, Firefox went live.
House of Cards – In 1889, Nintendo was founded.

September 24: Powerful Serve; Best Backhand – In 1938, John Donald Budge became the first tennis player to win the Grand Slam of tennis.
Majestic 12 – In 1947, Harry S Truman did not form a secret society.
Devil’s Tower – In 1906, this landmark was declared a National Monument.
Byzantine – In 1180, Manuel I Komnenos died.
Not Rigid Airship – In 1911, a German airship blew apart.
One Hour – In 1968, 60 Minutes premiered.

September 25: The Supremes – In 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to sit on the US Supreme Court.
Fasssssst – In 1997, a new land speed record was set.
Lots of Water – In 1513, Balboa reached the Pacific Ocean.
Spread the News – In 1690, the American colonies got their first locally printed multi-page newspaper.
Off Course – In 1866, the Alexander Nevsky sunk.
Evil Weed – In 1878, Dr. Drysdale wrote an article about tobacco.

September 26: The Parthenon – In 1687, part of the Parthenon was destroyed during a bombing attack by the Ottoman Turks.
Apples – In 1774, Johnny Appleseed was born.
Lurking Evil – In 1937, The Shadow premiered.
Thrown Games – In 1908, Big Ed Reulbach pitched a no hitter double header.
Pop Gun Kelly – In 1933, Machine Gun Kelly was arrested.
Vera Destructive – In 1959, the cyclone made landfall.

September 27: Tonight – In 1954, the Tonight show premiered.
Jesuits – In 1540, the Society of Jesus was formed.
Liberty Ship – In 1941, the SS Patrick Henry launched.
Aquarius – In 1968, Hair opened in London.
Help Wanted – Again – In 1590, Pope Urban VII died.
USA’s Capital City – In 1777, Lancaster, Pennsylvania was the nation’s capital.

September 28: Victory – In 1781, George Washington began his assault on Yorktown, the last battle of the Revolutionary War.
Hostage Taking – In 1975, the Spaghetti House siege began.
Black Sox – In 1920, eight Chicago White Sox players were indicted.
Races – In 1919, the Omaha Race Riots began.
Nice Guys Finish Last – In 935, Good King Wenceslaus was killed.
Vaccine Wars, Early Edition – In 1885, riots broke out in Montreal.

September 29: Come Up and See Me Some Time – In 1650, the first documented dating service opened in England.
Physics – In 1954, CERN was established.
The Met – In 1829, the Metropolitan Police of London was formed.
What a Headache – In 1982, the Tylenol murders began.
SEPAW – In 1966, the Chevrolet Camero was put on the market.
Surviving a Mid Air Collision – In 1940, two planes collided over Australia.

September 30: Meet the Flintstones – In 1960, The Flintstones came to prime time television.
FBI HQ – In 1975, The J. Edgar Hoover Building was dedicated.
Farm Work – In 1962, the first meeting of th National Farm Workers Association took place.
Magic – In 1791, The Magic Flute premiered.
Rebellion – In 1955, James Dean died.
AA – In 1915, the first anti aircraft gun was employed.

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