September is upon us and what better way to welcome in the new month then with a review for you and your students about some of the most historically significant events to occur during the 9th month of the year.
September 1st, 1875 – Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is born in Chicago. He would go on to write classic novels such as Tarzan of The Apes and the “John Carter of Mars” series.
September 2nd, 1963 – Alabama Governor George Wallace stopped public school integration by sending state troopers to guard Tuskegee High School.
September 3rd, 1783 – The Treaty of Paris was signed formally ending the Revolutionary War between the United States and Britain.
September 4th, 1609 – Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan.
September 5th, 1774 – The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.
September 8th, 1974 – President Gerald R. Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon for crimes committed when he was in office.
September 9th, 1776 – Continental Congress gives the name the United States of America to the former colonies.
September 11th, 2001 – The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history occurs.
September 14th, 1901 – President William McKinley dies from gunshots wounds from an assassination attempt 8 days earlier. Theodore Roosevelt succeeds him as President.
September 15th, 1857 – Future 27th president William Howard Taft is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
September 16th, 1620 – The Mayflower departs from England on its way to Plymouth, Massachusetts.
September 17th, 1787 – At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, delegates of the new states voted unanimously to approve the proposed United States Constitution.
September 18th, 1905 – One of the first movie actresses, Greta Garbo, was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
September 19th, 1911– Author William Golding, who wrote The Lord of The Flies, was born in Cornwall, England.
September 20th, 1973 – Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a tennis match in the Houston Astrodome. It was known as the “Battle of the Sexes.”
September 22nd, 1862 – President Abraham Lincoln issued the first Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in territories held by Confederates as of January 1, 1863.
September 24th, 1896 – Author F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Great Gatsby, amongst other famous novels, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.
September 25th, 1690 – The first American newspaper was published. It was a single edition of Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick printed in Boston, Massachusetts.
September 25th, 1897 – Author William Faulkner who wrote The Sound and The Fury amongst other classic novels was born in New Albany, Mississippi.
September 26th, 1960 – The first-ever televised presidential debate occurred between presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
September 27th, 1720 – American revolutionary leader Samuel Adams was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
September 28th, 1542 – California was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
September 30th, 1924 – Writer Truman Capote, who wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.