This Week in History 9/26 – 10/1

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September 26:

  • Thomas Jefferson appointed first US Secretary of State, John Jay wins nomination for first US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Edmund J Randolph becomes first US Attorney General (1789)
  • First American soldier died in Vietnam (1945)
  • President Lincoln called for a nationwide fast (1861)
  • Russia ended decades of religious repression with a new constitution allowing religious freedom (1990)
  • Kennedy and Nixon faced off in the first televised national presidential debates (1960)
  • Birth of Jonathan Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, who distributed apple seeds and religious tracts from the Alleghenies to the Ohio Valley (1774)
  • First public appearance of John Philip Sousa’s band (1892)
  • Gilligan’s Island debuts (1964)

September 27:

  • US Revolutionary War: John Adams negotiates peace terms with England (1779)
  • Henry Ford’s first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan (1908)
  • US Revolutionary War: British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia (1777)
  • US Constitution submitted to states for ratification (1787)
  • Albert Einstein

    Annalen der Physik publishes Albert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, introducing the equation E=mc². (1905)

  • WW2: Nazi Germany, Italy & Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (1940)
  • WW2: Warsaw Poland, surrenders to Germans after 19 days of resistance (1939)
  • US Revolutionary War: The Protestant Episcopal Church founded when U.S. Anglicans met to created the denomination to become independent of the Church of England (1785)
  • Walls of upper city of Jerusalem battered down by Roman army (70AD)
  • Rail travel starts with first rail line – Stockton-Darlington line (1825)
  • School integration begins in Wash DC & Baltimore Md public schools (1954)
  • US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land, including Teapot Dome, Wyoming, for conservation purposes (1909)
  • US Civil War: Centralia Massacre in Missouri where 24 unarmed Union soldiers were captured and executed by “Bloody Bill” Anderson (1864)
  • US Civil War: Jesse James gang surprise attacks train and kills 150 (1864)
  • Google is launched (1998)

September 28:

  • US Revolutionary War: 9,000 American forces & 7,000 French forces begin siege of Yorktown (1781)
  • WW1: British soldier allegedly spares the life of an injured Adolf Hitler (1918)
  • Statute enacted by the colony of Maryland giving ministers the right to impose divorce on “unholy couples.” (1704)
  • Guerrilla’s assault unarmed US soldiers in Balangiga Philippians killing 38 (1901)
  • Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car in New York City (1904)
  • King Wenceslas of Bohemia. who the Christmas song was written about. was martyred by his brother (929)
  • William the Conqueror invades England (1066)
  • US troops reoccupy Cuba (1906)
  • US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment (1850)

September 29:

  • In Jamestown, Captain Newport arrives from England with supplies for colonists (1608)
  • US War Department established a regular army (1789)
  • British spy John André , accomplish of Benedict Arnold, is sentenced to death (1780)
  • Cyanide-laced Tylenol kills six (1982)
  • My Three Sons starring Fred MacMurray, debuts on ABC-TV (1960)
  • MacGyver starring Richard Dean Anderson, debuts on ABC-TV (1985)
  • Darius I of Persia kills Magian usurper Gaumâta securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire (522 BC)
  • In Battle of Salamis, the Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes (480 BC)

September 30:

  • Wyoming legislators write the first state constitution to grant women the vote (1889)
  • US Civil War: Black soldiers given US Congressional Medal of Honor (1864)
  • JFK routes 3,000 federal troops to Mississippi (1962)
  • English revivalist of the Great Awakening George Whitefield died on his seventh visit to America (1770)
  • James Dean dies in a car accident at age 24 (1955)
  • President Woodrow Wilson gives a speech before Congress in support of guaranteeing women the right to vote (1918)
  • WW2: 22 Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg, Ribbentrop and Goering sentenced to death (1946)
  • Time Square Theater opens (1920)
  • USS Nautilus commissioned (1954)
  • King Richard II of England abdicates (1399)
  • The complete Old and New Testament of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible was first published by Thomas Nelson and Son (1952)

October 1:

  • WW2: Adolf Hitler expands German army & navy & creates an air force violating Treaty of Versailles (1934)
  • Free Speech Movement launched at University of California, Berkley (1964)
  • US space agency NASA begins operations incorporating earlier National Advisory Council on Aeronautics and other bodies (1958)
  • US Congress creates Weather Bureau (1890)
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens (1940)
  • Yosemite National Park forms (1890)
  • WW2: 12 Nazi war criminals sentenced to death in Nuremberg (1946)
  • Johnny Carson hosts his first Tonight Show, Joan Crawford guests (1962)
  • US Office of Strategic Services known as OSS, precursor to the CIA, disbands (1945)
  • Alexander the Great defeat Persian ruler Darius III in Battle of Gaugamela (331 BC)
  • Karl Marx’ Das Kapital published (1867)
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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

4 thoughts on “This Week in History 9/26 – 10/1

  1. Tamera, I love love love your posts!!! (I love love love history period!) Do you have or have you considered putting these together in a book? ‘Cause I’m gonna have to compile them for myself and print them out for easy reference!!

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