This Week in History 9/5-9/11

HistoryThis Week in History:

  • US Revolutionary War: First session of the Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia (1774)
  • 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics (1972)
  • At Harvard College, Colonial clergyman Increase Mather received the first Doctor of Sacred Theology degree to be awarded in America (1692)
  • Obadiah Holmes whipped in Boston, Massachusetts for holding a Baptist church service in a private home (1651)
  • Sam Huston elected president of Republic of Texas (1836)
  • Great Fire of London ends, leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead (1666)
  • US Civil War: General Lee crosses Potomac & enters Maryland (1862)
  • Jerry Lewis’ first Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $15,000 (1966)
  • French Revolution: “Reign of Terror” begins (1793)
  • WW1: Battle of Marne begins – French and British forces prevent German army advancing on Paris (1914)
  • 10,000 workers march in first Labor Day parade in New York City (1882)
  • WW2: “Mad Tuesday” 65,000 Dutch Nazi collaborators flee to Germany (1944)
  • German Christine Hardt patents the first modern brassiere (1889)
  • First color video recording on magnetic tape presented in Charlotte, North Carolina (1958)
  • American baseball player-turned-evangelist Billy Sunday married Helen Thompson (1888)
  • Baptist Bible College was founded in Springfield, Missouri (1950)
  • First Opium War begins in China (1839)
  • Cassius Clay wins Olympic light heavyweight gold medal (1960)

September 6:

  • Conjoined twins Benjamin & Patrick Binder separated at John Hopkins Hospital by Dr. Ben Carson (1987)
  • The Mayflower set sail for America with 101 passengers on board (1620)
  • US President William McKinley is shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, while visiting the Pan-American Exposition in New York (1901)
  • 20 people in Northeast Nigeria killed by ISIS (2013)
  • First ship to circumnavigate the earth returns to Spain (1522)
  • Oberlin College, the first US college to admit blacks and women, granted equal status to female students (1837)
  • WW2: All Jews over age 6 in German territories ordered to wear a star (1941)
  • Date Maya/Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar starts dating from (3114 BC)
  • First true supermarket, the “Piggly Wiggly” is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee (1916)
  • WW1: First tank produced (1915)
  • National Black Convention meets in Cleveland (1848)
  • United Church of Christ in Japan organized (1940)
  • Cherokee Nation forms (1839)
  • Word received that American explerer Robert Peary had discovered the North Pole, 5 months earlier (1909)
  • Great Fire of New York (1839)
  • Puritans from Masschusetts Bay Colony land at Salem (1628)
  • Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997)
  • Date Maya/Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar starts dating from (3114 BC)
  • First lighthouse in North America built in Boston (1716)
  • Spanish silver fleet disappears off Florida Keys (1622)
  • Carnation processes its first can of evaporated milk (1899)

September 7:

  • The first American congregation of Dunkards, known as German Baptists, gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1724)
  • Uncle Sam first used to refer to US (1813)
  • Roman army under General Titus occupies & plunders Jerusalem (70 AD
  • Boulder Dam, now Hoover Dam, begins operation (1936)
  • Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward’s Island, New York (1888)
  • First use of synthetic rubber in asphalt concrete in Akron, Ohio (1948)
  • Tasmania Tiger becomes extinct (1936)
  • English missionary Robert Morrison, first Protestant missionary to China, landed in China (1807)
  • First Hebrew synagogue to be built in the Mississippi Valley built in St. Louis (1845)
  • William Fox organized first Sunday School Society in England (1785)
  • End of Boxer Rebellion in China (1901)
  • First Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey (1921)
  • Interpol forms in Vienna (1923)
  • Asteroid 2014 RC makes a close approach to Earth (2014)

September 8:

  • Jerusalem surrendered after a six month siege to the 60,000 troops of Titus’ Roman army (70 AD)
  • WW2: Entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania, is exterminated (1941)
  • WW2: Italy surrenders to Allies (1943)
  • President Ford pardons Nixon (1974)
  • Star Trek premieres on NBC-TV (1966)
  • 6,000 killed when a hurricane & tidal wave strikes Galveston, Texas (1900)
  • Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completing 1st circumnavigation of the globe, expedition began under Ferdinand Magellan (1522)
  • Harvard College, first school of higher learning in North America, founded in Massachusetts to train missionaries (1636)
  • US Air Mail service begins (1920)
  • Hijacking, and subsequent destruction, of three airliners to Jordan by Palestinians; the events to follow would later become known as Black September (1970)
  • Michelangelo’s David is unveiled in Florence (1504)
  • Boston begins court-ordered bussing of public schools (1975)
  • First Catholic parish and first permanent settlement in US founded in St. Augustine, Florida (1565)
  • Abaham Lincoln says in a speech “You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time” (1858)

September 9:

  • US Revolutionary War: Congress officially changes name of United Colonies of America to the United States of America (1776)
  • Republican President Eisenhower first civil rights bill since Reconstruction (1957)
  • WW2: First bombing on continental US soil at Mount Emily, Oregon (1942)
  • Millionaire William Borden, who gave us his riches to become a missionary to Muslims in China and died on the way there at the age of 26, was ordained (1921)
  • Alexander Twilight, probably first African American to graduate from a US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College (1817)
  • WW1: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army (1914)
  • US Civil War: Union captures Chattanooga (1863)
  • US Civil War: Nurse Sally Tompkins is officially commissioned as an officer, and its only woman officer, by the Confederate US Army (1861)
  • Alabama Gov George Wallace served a federal injunction to stop orders of state police to bar black students from enrolling in white schools (1963)
  • PLO recognizes state of Israel (1993)
  • Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time (1956)
  • California is admitted as the thirty-first U.S. state (1850)
  • Territories of New Mexico & Utah created (1850)
  • US President Cleveland’s daughter Ester is born in the White House (1893)
  • US Civil War: Battle of Cumberland Gap, TN (1863)
  • National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law (1966)
  • Mounted police 1st used in NYC (1904)
  • 1,000 convicts riot & seize Attica, NY prison (1971)
  • Battle of Svolder, Baltic Sea in which King Olaf on board the Long Serpent defeated in one of the greatest naval battles of the Viking Age (1000 AD)
  • Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling (1543)

September 10:

  • US Revolutionary War: Nathan Hale volunteers when George Washington asks for a spy volunteer (1776)
  • First drunk driving arrest (1897)
  • Captain John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown (1608)
  • The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland (2008)
  • Elias Howe patents sewing machine (1846)
  • Gunsmoke premieres on CBS TV (1955)
  • 20 black students entered public schools in Alabama (1963)
  • Ellis Island reopens as a museum (1990)
  • Moravians first settlement in North Carolina (1752)
  • WW2: Buckingham Palace hit by German bomb (1940)
  • The Collegiate School at New Haven, Connecticut changed its name to Yale (1718)
  • Blount College, the first American nondenominational institution of higher learning and now known as The University of Tennessee, was established in Knoxville (1794)
  • Hamida Djandoubi, convicted for torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by Guillotine in France (1977)
  • Mike the Headless Chicken is decapitated in Fruita, Colorado; he survives for another 18 months before choking to death (1945)

September 11:

  • Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crash into New York’s World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and death of 2,752 people (2001)
  • Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people (2001)
  • Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard (2001)
  • A group of radical Mormons massacred a California-bound wagon train of Methodists (1857)
  • The Pentagon is rededicated after repairs are completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building (2002)
  • Alexander Hamilton appointed first US Secretary of Treasury (1789)
  • First newspaper cartoon strip (1875)
  • The Hope Diamond is stolen with other crown jewels when six men break into house used to store the jewels (1792)
  • Benjamin Franklin writes “There never was a good war or bad peace” (1773)
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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

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