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September 6
1915
First tank produced
On September 6, 1915, a prototype tank nicknamed Little Willie rolls off the assembly line in England. Little Willie was far from an overnight success. It weighed 14 tons, got stuck in trenches and crawled over rough terrain at only two miles per hour. However, improvements were made to the original... read more
Armored Beasts
Tanks were the first armored fighting machines to be used on the battlefield. These "land ships" were designed in secrecy to break through heavily fortified trenches and offer troops protection from artillery.
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Africa
1966
South African prime minister and architect of apartheid assassinated
American Revolution
1781
Benedict Arnold orders burning of New London
Art, Literature, and Film History
1847
Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden and moves in with the Emersons
Exploration
1522
Magellan's expedition circumnavigates globe
Germany
1972
More Israeli hostages killed in Munich
Great Britain
1997
Some 2.5 billion TV viewers watch Princess Diana's funeral
Sports
1995
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. breaks record for consecutive games played
U.S. Presidents
1901
President William McKinley is shot
World War I
1914
First Battle of the Marne begins
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September 7
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September 8
1974
Ford pardons Nixon
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Delano Grape Strike begins
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Siege of Leningrad begins
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1915
German airship hits central London
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1943
Italian surrender is announced
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September 9
1956
Elvis Presley makes first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
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California becomes the 31st state in record time
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The Boston police department goes on strike
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Riot at Attica prison
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President Cleveland's child is born in the White House
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1967
Sergeant Duane D. Hackney receives Air Force Cross
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Ho Chi Minh buried in Hanoi
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1942
Japanese bomb U.S. mainland
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September 10
1897
First drunk driving arrest
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1977
The guillotine falls silent
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1833
Andrew Jackson shuts down Second Bank of the U.S.
War of 1812
1813
The Battle of Lake Erie
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1919
New York City parade honors World War I veterans
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1940
British War Cabinet reacts to the Blitz in kind
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September 11
2001
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1814
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1857
120 emigrants murdered at the Mountain Meadows Massacre
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1940
Hitler focuses East, sends troops to Romania
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September 12
1940
Lascaux cave paintings discovered
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1974
Violence erupts in Boston over desegregation busing
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1993
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1988
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1953
Nikita Khrushchev elected Soviet leader
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1951
Sugar Ray Robinson wins back belt
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1953
John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island
World War II
1942
The Laconia is sunk
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1993
Israel-Palestine peace accord signed
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Union troops discover Rebels' Antietam battle plan
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1971
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1940
Italy invades Egypt
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September 14
1814
Francis Scott Key pens "The Star-Spangled Banner"
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1959
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1847
General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
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1975
Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes first American-born saint
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1862
North and South clash at the Battle of South Mountain
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1901
McKinley dies of infection from gunshot wounds
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1944
Americans launch Operation Stalemate—at extraordinary cost
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September 15
1978
Muhammad Ali wins world heavyweight championship
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Famous Marilyn Monroe "skirt" scene filmed
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1963
Four Black schoolgirls killed in Birmingham church bombing
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1862
Confederates capture Harpers Ferry
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1959
Khrushchev arrives in Washington
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1990
A Bible school instructor abducts a teenage girl
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1935
Nuremberg race laws imposed
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1950
U.S. forces land at Inchon
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1857
Future President William Taft born
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1972
South Vietnamese forces retake Quang Tri City
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1858
The first transcontinental mail service to San Francisco begins
World War I
1914
First trenches are dug on the Western Front
1916
Tanks introduced into warfare at the Somme
World War II
1940
Tide turns in the Battle of Britain
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September 16
1932
Gandhi begins fast in protest of caste separation
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1620
Mayflower departs England
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Gunman kills 12 in D.C. Navy Yard massacre
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1908
William Durant creates General Motors
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1810
Mexican War of Independence begins
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1893
Settlers race to claim land in Oklahoma
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1940
United States imposes the draft
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September 17
1862
Battle of Antietam breaks out
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1970s
1978
Camp David Accords signed
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1967
The Who literally spark an explosion on national television
1983
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1996
Oprah launches influential book club
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1394
King Charles VI of France orders all Jews expelled from the kingdom
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1976
NASA unveils its first space shuttle, the Enterprise
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1796
George Washington prepares final draft of farewell address
United States Constitution
1787
U.S. Constitution signed
Westward Expansion
1868
Cheyenne and Sioux decimate frontiersmen at Beecher's Island
World War II
1939
Soviet Union invades Poland
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September 18
1793
George Washington lays the Capitol cornerstone
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1987
Hundreds are accidentally poisoned in Brazil
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1974
Doris Day wins lawsuit
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1976
1 million people attend funeral of Mao Zedong
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1862
Union General George B. McClellan lets Confederates retreat from Antietam
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1960
Fidel Castro arrives in New York
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1634
Anne Hutchinson arrives in the New World
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1959
Serial killer Harvey Glatman is executed
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Patty Hearst captured by police
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1981
Canada mall sets parking-lot record
Paranormal
1973
Jimmy Carter files report on UFO sighting
Westward Expansion
1846
The struggling Donner Party sends ahead to California for food
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September 19
1957
Nevada is site of first-ever underground nuclear explosion
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1990s
1995
Unabomber manifesto published
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1777
Arnold and Gates argue at First Battle of Saratoga
Art, Literature, and Film History
1973
Country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons dies
2000
Michael Chabon's novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” debuts
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1959
Khrushchev barred from visiting Disneyland
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1955
Perón deposed in Argentina
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1985
Earthquake shakes Mexico City
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1881
President James Garfield dies
Vietnam War
1969
Nixon cancels draft calls for November and December
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1827
Jim Bowie stabs a Louisiana banker with his famous knife
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1893
New Zealand first in women's vote
World War II
1941
Germans bombard Leningrad
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September 20
1973
Billie Jean King triumphs in "Battle of the Sexes"
On September 20, 1973, in a highly publicized "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match, top women's player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1 ranked men's player. Riggs (1918-1995), a self-proclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior, that they couldn’t handle... read more
American Revolution
1777
Redcoats kill sleeping Americans in Paoli Massacre
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1878
Upton Sinclair is born
1946
First Cannes Film Festival
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1565
First European battle on American soil
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2012
Amish convicted in beard-cutting attacks
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1519
Magellan sets sail from Spain
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2002
Avalanche thunders into Russian village
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1881
Chester Arthur becomes third president to serve in one year
1963
Kennedy proposes joint mission to the moon
Westward Expansion
1806
The returning Lewis and Clark reach the first white settlement on the Missouri
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September 21
1780
Benedict Arnold commits treason
On September 21, 1780, during the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was foiled and Arnold, a ... read more
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1985
George Clooney makes "Facts of Life" debut
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1949
Mao Zedong outlines the new Chinese government
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1983
A 13-year-old newspaper delivery boy is found dead
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1792
Monarchy abolished in France
Native Americans
1904
The great Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph dies in Washington
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1938
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