On This Day
Posted 16 September 2008 - 06:01 PM
9 - The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest ends.
506 - The bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde.
1185 - Isaac II Angelus kills Stephanus Hagiochristophorites and then appeals to the people, resulting in the revolt that deposes Andronicus I Comnenus and places Isaac on the throne of the Byzantine Empire.
1226 - The Roman Catholic practice of public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass spreads from monasteries to parishes.
1297 - Battle of Stirling Bridge: Scots led by William Wallace defeat the English.
1390 - Lithuanian Civil War (1389–1392): the Teutonic Knights begin a five-week siege of Vilnius.
1541 - Santiago, Chile, is destroyed by indigenous warriors, lead by Michimalonko.
1609 - Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos.
1609 - Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and the natives living there.
1649 - Siege of Drogheda ends: Oliver Cromwell's English Parliamentarian troops take the town and execute its garrison.
1683 - John III Sobieski of Poland arrives on Kahlen Hill, leading to the Battle of Vienna the next day.
1697 - Battle of Zenta.
1708 - Charles XII of Sweden stops his march to conquer Moscow outside Smolensk, marking the turning point in the Great Northern War. The army is defeated nine months later in the Battle of Poltava, and the Swedish empire is no longer a major power.
1709 - Battle of Malplaquet: Great Britain, Netherlands and Austria fight against France.
1714 - Barcelona surrenders to Spanish and French Bourbon armies in the War of the Spanish Succession.
1758 - Battle of Saint Cast France repels British invasion during the Seven Year's War.
1773 - The Public Advertiser publishes a satirical essay titled Rules By Which A Great Empire May Be Reduced To A Small One, which is written by Benjamin Franklin.
1776 - British-American peace conference on Staten Island fails to stop nascent American Revolution.
1777 - American Revolution: Battle of Brandywine - The British celebrate a major victory in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
1786 - The Beginning of the Annapolis Convention.
1789 - Alexander Hamilton is appointed as the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.
1792 - The Hope Diamond is stolen along with other crown jewels when six men break into the house used to store the jewels.
1802 - France annexes the Kingdom of Piedmont.
1814 - The climax of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a major United States victory in the War of 1812.
1847 - Stephen Foster's well-known song, Oh! Susanna, is first performed at a saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1857 - The Mountain Meadows Massacre: Mormon settlers and Paiutes massacre 120 pioneers at Mountain Meadows, Utah.
1888 - Death of the Argentine politician Domingo Sarmiento, after whom the Latin American Teacher's Day is chosen.
1891 - The Jewish Colonization Association is established by Baron Maurice de Hirsch.
1893 - First conference of the World Parliament of Religions is held.
1897 - After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom.
1903 - The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world.
1906 - Mahatma Gandhi coins the term "Satyagraha" to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.
1914 - Australia invades New Britain, defeating a German contingent there.
1915 - The Pennsylvania Railroad begins electrified commuter rail service between Paoli and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, using overhead AC trolley wires for power.
1916 - The Quebec Bridge's central span collapses, killing 11 men. The bridge initially collapsed in toto on August 29, 1907.
1919 - U.S. Marines invade Honduras.
1921 - Nahalal, the first moshav in Israel, is settled.
1922 - The British Mandate of Palestine begins.
1922 - The Treaty of Kars is ratified in Yerevan, Armenia.
1922 - One of the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia's predecessor papers The Sun News-Pictorial is founded.
1926 - An assassination attempt on Benito Mussolini fails.
1931 - Salvatore Maranzano is murdered by Charles Luciano's hitmen.
1932 - Franciszek Żwirko and Stanisław Wigura, Polish Challenge 1932 winners, are killed in a plane crash when their RWD 6 crashes into the ground during a storm.
1940 - George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer.
1940 - World War II: Buckingham Palace is damaged during a German air raid.
1941 - Ground is broken for the construction of The Pentagon.
1941 - World War II: The U.S. Navy is ordered to attack German U-boats.
1941 - Charles Lindberg's Des Moines Speech accusing the British, Jews and the Roosevelt administration of pressing for war with Germany.
1943 - World War II: German troops occupy Corsica and Kosovo-Metohija.
1943 - World War II: Start of the liquidation of the Ghettos in Minsk and Lida by the Nazis.
1944 - World War II: The first Allied troops of the U.S. Army cross the western border of Germany.
1944 - World War II: RAF bombing raid on Darmstadt and the following firestorm kill 11,500.
1945 - World War II: Liberation of the Japanese-run POW and civilian internee camp at Batu Lintang, Kuching, Sarawak on the island of Borneo by Australian 9th Division forces. Over 2,000 prisoners, including women and children, were due to be executed on September 15.
1955 - Dedication of the first Temple of The Church of Jesus ***** of Latter-day Saints in Europe, the Bern Switzerland Temple.
1956 - People to People International is founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1960 - The Young Americans for Freedom, meeting at home of William F. Buckley, Jr., promulgate the Sharon Statement.
1961 - Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
1961 - Hurricane Carla strikes the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest storm ever to hit the state.
1965 - The 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army arrives in Vietnam.
1968 - Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
1970 - 88 of the hostages from the Dawson's Field hijackings are released. The remaining hostages, mostly Jews and Israeli citizens, are held until September 25.
1970 - The Ford Pinto is introduced.
1971 - The Egyptian Constitution becomes official.
1972 - Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco, California begins regular service.
1973 - A CIA backed coup in Chile headed by General Augusto Pinochet topples the democratically elected President Salvador Allende. Pinochet remains in power for almost 17 years.
1974 - Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 crashes in Charlotte, North Carolina, killing 69 passengers and two crew.
1978 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel meet at Camp David and agree on a framework for peace between Israel and Egypt and a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
1980 - Voters approve the present Constitution of Chile.
1981 - A small plane crashes into the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California damaging it beyond repair.
1982 - The international forces that were guaranteeing the safety of Palestinian refugees following Israel's 1982 Invasion of Lebanon leave Beirut. Five days later, several thousand refugees are massacred in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.
1985 - Baseball: Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds gets his 4,192nd career base hit, breaking Ty Cobb's record which had stood for over 60 years.
1987 - Dan Rather walks off the set of the CBS Evening News over disapproval of the handling of a major event being interrupted and postponed by a sports program, leaving six minutes of dead air.
1989 - The iron curtain opens between the communist Hungary and Austria. From Hungary thousands of East Germans throng to Austria and West Germany.
1990 - U.S. President George H. W. Bush delivers a nationally televised speech in which he threatens the use of force to remove Iraqi soldiers from Kuwait, which Iraq had recently invaded. He mentions the term "New World Order" in this speech for the first time, which is also named "Towards a New World Order".(full text of the speech)
1992 - Hurricane Iniki, one of the most damaging hurricanes in United States history, devastates Hawaii, especially the islands of Kauai and Oahu.
1994 - Frank Eugene Corder steals a Cessna plane, intending to crash it into the White House.
1996 - Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad.
1997 - NASA's Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars.
1997 - After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.
1998 - Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.
1998 - Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games.
2000 - Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia.
View of the WTC on fire and the Statue of Liberty2001 - Airplane hijackings and the subsequent coordinated attacks result in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and an unplanned passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, which happened after airplane passengers fought back on the plane. In total, 2,974 people are killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2002 - Through extreme and coordinated effort, The Pentagon is rededicated after repairs are completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building.
2003 - Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh dies after being assaulted and fatally wounded on September 10.
2003 - The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into effect.
2004 - All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria).
2005 - The State of Israel completes its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.
2007 - Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs.
1182 - Minamoto no Yoriie, Japanese shogun (d. 1204)
1522 - Ulisse Aldrovandi, Italian naturalist (d. 1605)
1524 - Pierre de Ronsard, French poet (d. 1585)
1611 - Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, Marshal of France (d. 1675)
1681 - Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist (d. 1741)
1700 - James Thomson, Scottish poet (d. 1748)
1711 - William Boyce, English composer (d. 1779)
1723 - Johann Bernhard Basedow, German educational reformer (d. 1790)
1786 - Friedrich Kuhlau, German composer (d. 1832)
1798 - Franz Ernst Neumann, German mineralogist and physicist (d. 1895)
1800 - Daniel S. Dickinson, New York senator (d. 1866)
1816 - Carl Zeiss, German lens maker (d. 1888)
1825 - Eduard Hanslick, German music critic (d. 1904)
1836 - Fitz Hugh Ludlow, American author (d. 1870)
1838 - John Ireland, American Catholic archbishop (d. 1918)
1859 - Vjenceslav Novak, Croatian writer (d. 1905)
1860 - Marianne von Werefkin, Russian-Swiss painter (d. 1938)
1860 - James Allan, former All Black (d. 1934)
1862 - O. Henry, American writer (d. 1910)
1862 - Julian Byng, British army officer (d. 1935)
1865 - Rainis, Latvian poet and playwright (d. 1929)
1877 - James Hopwood Jeans, Scientist (d. 1946)
1885 - D. H. Lawrence, English novelist (d. 1930)
1891 - William Thomas Walsh, American author (d. 1949)
1892 - Pinto Colvig, Goofy's and Pluto's voice (d. 1967)
1892 - Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (d. 1980)
1893 - W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver (d. 1974)
1899 - Jimmie Davis, composer (d. 2000)
1899 - Philipp Bouhler, German nazi leader (d. 1945)
1900 - D. W. Brooks, American farmer and businessman (d. 1999)
1903 - Theodor Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist (d. 1969)
1911 - Bola de Nieve, Cuban pianist (d. 1971)
1913 - Paul "Bear" Bryant, American football coach (d. 1983)
1914 - Pavle, Patriarch of Serbia, Patriarch of Serbian Orthodox Church
1917 - Ferdinand Marcos, 10th President of the Philippines (d. 1989)
1917 - Jessica Mitford, British writer (d. 1996)
1917 - Herbert Lom, Czech-born British film actor
1917 - Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner (d. 2001)
1918 - Donald Blakeslee, American aviator (d. 2008)
1921 - Edwin Richfield, British Actor (d. 1990)
1924 - Daniel Akaka, Chinese-American politician
1924 - Tom Landry, American football coach (d. 2000)
1924 - Rudolf Vrba, Jewish Canadian professor, Holocaust survivor (d. 2006)
1925 - Harry Somers, Canadian composer (d. 1999)
1926 - Eddie Miksis, baseball player (d. 2005)
1927 - G. David Schine, American businessman (d. 1996)
1927 - Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan broadcaster (d. 2002)
1927 - Willie Christine King, Sister of Martin Luther King Jr.
1928 - Reubin O'Donovan Askew, American politician
1928 - Earl Holliman, American actor
1930 - Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player (d. 2002)
1931 - Hans-Ulrich Wehler, German historian
1932 - Peter Anderson, English footballer
1933 - William Luther Pierce, American author and activist (d. 2002)
1934 - Oliver Jones, Canadian jazz pianist
1934 - Norma Croker, Australian sprinter
1935 - Arvo Pärt, Estonian composer
1935 - Gherman Titov, second man in space (d. 2000)
1936 - Ian Abercrombie, English actor
1937 - Iosif Kobzon, Soviet singer and Russian businessman
1937 - Queen Paola Ruffo di Calabria of Belgium
1937 - Robert Crippen, American astronaut
1938 - David Higgins, British Composer and Conductor
1939 - Charles Geschke, American inventor and businessman
1940 - Brian de Palma, American film director
1940 - Theodore Olson, U.S. Solicitor General
1940 - Nong Duc Manh, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam
1940 - Robert Palmer, last CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation
1942 - Lola Falana, American singer
1942 - Gerome Ragni American Playwright
1943 - Mickey Hart, American drummer (Grateful Dead)
1943 - Raymond Villeneuve, Canadian terrorist
1944 - Everaldo, Brazilian footballer
1944 - Freddy Thielemans, mayor of Brussels
1945 - Franz Beckenbauer, German footballer
1945 - Leo Kottke, American acoustic guitarist
1945 - Felton Perry, American actor
1948 - John Martyn, English musician
1949 - Bill Whittington, race car driver
1950 - Bruce Doull, Australian rules footballer
1950 - Amy Madigan, American actress
1950 - Barry Sheene, British motorcyclist (d. 2003)
1951 - Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician
1951 - Hugo Porta, Argentine rugby player
1951 - Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player (d. 2008)
1953 - Tommy Shaw, American musician and singer (Styx)
1953 - Jani Allan, South African journalist and media personality
1956 - Tony Gilroy, American screenwriter and director
1957 - Brad Bird, American director and animator
1957 - Jeff Sluman, American professional golfer
1958 - Brad Lesley, American baseball player, actor and television personality
1958 - Scott Patterson, American actor
1958 - Roxann Dawson, American actress
1958 - Phoef Sutton, American television writer and producer
1960 - Anne Ramsay, American actress
1961 - Virginia Madsen, American actress
1961 - Philip Ardagh, British writer
1962 - Elizabeth Daily, American actress
1962 - Filip Dewinter Belgian politician
1962 - Kristy McNichol, American actress
1962 - Julio Salinas, Spanish footballer
1963 - Dr Patrick McWilliams, Irish author
1963 - Colin Wells, English actor
1964 - Ellis Burks, American baseball player
1964 - Victor Wooten, American musician
1965 - Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
1965 - Paul Heyman, American wrestling manager
1965 - Moby, American musician
1965 - David Roe, English snooker player
1966 - Princess Akishino, Japanese Imperial Family
1967 - Maria Bartiromo, financial broadcast journalist
1967 - Harry Connick, Jr., American singer
1967 - Tony David, Australian darts player
1968 - Kay Hanley, American musician
1968 - Paul Mayeda Berges, American film writer and director
1969 - Eduardo Perez, American baseball player
1969 - Gidget Gein, American musician
1970 - Chris Garver, tattoo artist
1970 - Taraji P. Henson, American actress and singer
1970 - William Joppy, American boxer
1970 - Ted Leo, American musician
1970 - Laura Wright, American actress
1971 - Richard Ashcroft, British singer
1971 - Markos Moulitsas, American blogger and author
1971 - Johnny Vegas, English comedian
1971 - Shelton Quarles, American football player
1972 - Matthew Gilmore, Belgian cyclist
1975 - Juan Cobián, former Argentine footballer
1975 - Pierre Issa, South African footballer
1975 - Mark Klepaski, American musician
1976 - Elephant Man, Jamaican musician
1976 - Tomáš Enge, Czech racing driver
1976 - Flora Redoumi, Greek hurdler
1977 - Ludacris, American rapper
1977 - Matthew Stevens, Welsh snooker player
1977 - Jon Buckland, British guitarist (Coldplay)
1978 - Ed Reed, American football player
1978 - Ben Lee, Australian musician and singer
1978 - Dejan Stanković, Serbian footballer
1979 - Nathan Gale, American murderer (d. 2004)
1979 - Ariana Richards, American actress
1979 - Frank Francisco, Major League Baseball pitcher
1979 - Steve Hofstetter, comedian & radio personality
1979 - David Pizarro, Chilean footballer
1980 - Mike Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player
1980 - Antônio Pizzonia, Brazilian race car driver
1981 - Andrea Dossena, Italian footballer
1981 - Dylan Klebold, Columbine High School Massacre co-perpetrator (d. 1999)
1982 - Shriya Saran, South Indian actress
1983 - Ike Diogu, American basketball player
1983 - Jacoby Ellsbury, American baseball player
1985 - Shaun Livingston, American basketball player
1985 - Zack Stortini, Canadian ice hockey player
1986 - Chiliboy Ralepelle, South African rugby player
1986 - Dwayne Jarrett, American football player
1987 - Tyler Hoechlin, American actor
1161 - Queen Melisende of Jerusalem (b. 1105)
1185 - Stephanus Hagiochristophorites, Byzantine courtier
1279 - Robert Kilwardby, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. c. 1215)
1298 - Philip of Artois, French soldier (b. 1269)
1349 - Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (b. 1315)
1599 - Beatrice Cenci, Italian noblewoman executed for planned fratricide (b. 1577)
1677 - James Harrington, English political philosopher (b. 1611)
1680 - Roger Crab, English Puritan political writer (b. 1621)
1680 - Emperor Go-Mizunoo of Japan (b. 1596)
1721 - Rudolf Jakob Camerarius, German botanist and physician (b. 1665)
1733 - François Couperin, French composer (b. 1668)
1760 - Louis Godin, French astronomer (b. 1704)
1822 - Fortunat Alojzy Gonzaga Żółkowski, Polish actor (b. 1777)
1823 - David Ricardo, economist (b. 1772)
1843 - Joseph Nicollet, mathematician and explorer (b. 1786)
1851 - Sylvester Graham, American nutritionist (b. 1794)
1865 - Christophe Léon Louis Juchault de Lamoricière, French general (b. 1806)
1888 - Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, President of Argentina (b. 1811)
1896 - Francis James Child, American ballad collector (b. 1825)
1911 - Louis Henri Boussenard, French novelist (b. 1847)
1915 - William Sprague IV, American politician (b. 1830)
1915 - William Cornelius Van Horne, American railway executive (b. 1843)
1917 - Georges Guynemer, French aviator (b. 1894)
1921 - Subramanya Bharathy, Tamil poet (b. 1882)
1926 - Matsunosuke Onoe, Japanese actor (b. 1875)
1931 - Salvatore Maranzano, American crime boss (b. 1868)
1932 - Franciszek Zwirko and Stanislaw Wigura, Polish pilots (Żwirko b. 1895 Wigura b. 1901)
1939 - Konstantin Korovin, Russian painter (b. 1861)
1941 - Christian Rakovsky, Bulgarian-born socialist revolutionary (b. 1873)
1948 - Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan (b. 1876)
1950 - Jan Smuts, South African soldier and statesman (b. 1870)
1956 - Billy Bishop, Canadian pilot in World War I (b. 1894)
1958 - Robert W. Service, Scottish-born Canadian poet (b. 1874)
1958 - Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician (b. 1889)
1965 - Ralph C. Smedley, Founder of Toastmasters International (b. 1878)
1966 - C. E. Woolman, American airline magnate (b. 1889)
1967 - Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist (b. 1904)
1968 - René Cogny, French General (b. 1904)
1971 - Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev, Soviet politician and leader (b. 1894)
1971 - Bella Darvi, Polish-born French actress (b. 1928)
1972 - Max Fleischer, American animator (b. 1883)
1973 - Salvador Allende, President of Chile (b. 1908)
1973 - Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru
1974 - Víctor Olea Alegría, Chilean Socialist Party member
1978 - Mike Gazella, American baseball player (b. 1895)
1978 - Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident (b. 1929)
1978 - Janet Parker, medical photographer (b. c. 1938)
1978 - Ronnie Peterson, Swedish F1 driver (b. 1944)
1984 - Jerry Voorhis, American politician (b. 1901)
1985 - William Alwyn, English composer (b. 1905)
1985 - Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler (b. 1945)
1987 - Lorne Greene, Canadian actor (b. 1915)
1987 - Peter Tosh, Jamaican musician and singer (b. 1944)
1988 - John Sylvester White, American actor (b. 1919)
1990 - Myrna Mack, Guatemalan anthropologist (b. 1949)
1991 - Ernst Herbeck, German Poet (b. 1920)
1993 - Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian conductor (b. 1912)
1993 - Antoine Izméry, Haitian pro-democracy activist (b. unknown)
1994 - Jessica Tandy, American actress (b. 1909)
1994 - William Obanhein, police officer, mentioned in "Alice's Restaurant" (b. 1924)
1995 - Anita Harding, neurologist (b. 1952)
1997 - Camille Henry, National Hockey League player (b. 1933)
1997 - Hannah Weiner American experimental poet (b. 1928)
1998 - Dane Clark, American actor (b. 1913)
1999 - Belkis Ayón, Cuban artist (b. 1967)
1999 - Gonzalo Rodriguez, Uruguayan auto racing driver (b. 1972)
2001 - Alice Stewart Trillin, American author (b. 1938)
2001 – see also Category:Victims of the September 11 attacks:
2001 - Marwan Al-Shehhi, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1978)
2001 - David Angell, American sitcom creator (b. 1946)
2001 - Mohamed Atta, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1968)
2001 - Garnet Bailey, Canadian hockey player and scout (b. 1948)
2001 - Todd Beamer, passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (b. 1968)
2001 - Berry Berenson, widow of Anthony Perkins (b. 1948)
2001 - Mark Bingham, passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (b. 1970)
2001 - Tom Burnett, American businessman (b. 1963)
2001 - Peter J. Ganci, Jr., Chief of Department, FDNY (b. 1946)
2001 - Hani Hanjour, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1972)
2001 - Ziad Jarrah, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1975)
2001 - Father Mychal F. Judge, Chaplain, FDNY (b. 1933)
2001 - Angel L. Juarbe, Jr., American firefighter (b. 1966)
2001 - John P. O'Neill, American anti-terrorism FBI agent (b. 1952)
2001 - John Ogonowski, pilot for American Airlines Flight 11 (b. 1951)
2001 - Barbara Olson, American political commentator (b. 1955)
2001 - Daniel M. Lewin, founder of Akamai Technologies (b. 1970)
2002 - Kim Hunter, American actress (b. 1922)
2002 - Johnny Unitas, American football player (b. 1933)
2003 - Anna Lindh, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (b. 1957)
2003 - John Ritter, American actor (b. 1948)
2004 - Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria (b. 1949)
2004 - Fred Ebb, American lyricist (b. 1933)
2004 - David Mann, U.S. artist (b. 1939)
2005 - Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (b. 1923)
2006 - William Auld, Scottish poet, writer and supporter of Esperanto (b. 1924)
2006 - Pat Corley, American actor (b. 1930)
2006 - Joachim Fest, German journalist and author (b. 1926)
2006 - Johannes Bob van Benthem, Dutch lawyer (b. 1921)
2007 - Ian Porterfield, Manager of Armenia National Football Club (b. 1946)
2007 - Gene Savoy, American author and cleric (b. 1927)
2007 - Joe Zawinul, Austrian musician (b. 1932)
Holidays and observances
RC Saints - Virgin of the Holy cave; Saint Deiniol, Our Lady of Coromoto, Protus and Hyacinth.
Also see September 11 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) (Revised Julian Calendar).
Beheading of John the Baptist (or The Forerunner) in the Eastern Orthodox tradition (Julian Calendar).
Feast of Neyrouz, the New Year's Day in the Coptic calendar.
New Year's Day in the Ethiopian calendar (Enkutatash).
Catalonia - National Day of Catalonia, remembering those Catalan patriots who died in the Siege of Barcelona, in defense of the city, against the Franco-Spanish army.
Latin America Teacher's Day, after the death of Argentine Domingo F. Sarmiento.
Liberation Day of Dijon, France (commemorating the Allied liberation of the city from Nazi occupation in 1944)
Death anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.
Proclaimed 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day by President Reagan on August 26 in 1987 and celebrated since then by some United States communities, particularly the local emergency services.
Patriot Day (USA) - Anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Feast day of Saint Deiniol.
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:34 PM
Posted 19 September 2008 - 04:26 PM
1839 George Cadbury was born.
He expanded his father’s chocolate business and established a model village for his workers at Bourneville.
1876 The first carpet-sweeper was patented by Melville Bissell of Grand Rapids in Michigan.
1881 James Abram Garfield, 20th US president, died of wounds suffered when he was shot in July.
1888 The world’s first beauty contest took place in Spa, Belgium.
1928 The first cartoon talking picture, Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie, featuring Mickey Mouse, was shown in New York.
1945 Wartime traitor William Joyce - Lord Haw-Haw - was sentenced to be hanged after his trial at the Old Bailey.
Posted 19 September 2008 - 08:33 PM
1960 A new dance craze began when Chubby Checker's 'The Twist' entered the US charts.
1960 The new traffic wardens issued the first 344 parking tickets in London.
1983 The Caribbean islands of St Kitts-Nevis achieved independence from Britain.
1989 The New York Supreme Court reversed an earlier decision to award the America's Cup to New Zealand, allowing the San Diego Yacht Club to retain the award.
1994 US troops invaded Haiti, encountering no resistance; on the 26th the USA lifted sanctions.
1996 IBM announced that from Jan 1997 it would provide health-care coverage and other benefits to the partners of US homosexual and lesbian employees.
1802 Lajos Kossuth, Hungarian statesman
1839 George Cadbury, English chocolate manufacturer and social reformer
1911 William Golding, English novelist
1948 Jeremy Irons, English actor
1948 Rosemary Casals, US tennis player
1949 Twiggy (Lesley Hornby), English model and actress
1812 Meyer Amschel Rothschild, German banker
1881 James Garfield, 20th US president
1905 Thomas John Barnardo, British philanthropist
1963 David Low, British cartoonist
1968 Chester Carlson, US inventor of the xerography photocopying process
1988 Roy Kinnear, English comedy actor
1995 Rudolf Peierls, German-born British physicist
Posted 19 September 2008 - 08:48 PM
Posted 19 September 2008 - 08:52 PM
I should have stayed at home today- had do a training course for a couple of people from Iceland( the country not the shop) and between them they had about 8 sentences in english.
Thats better than some of the morons on training courses I've had to give
Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:04 PM
1356 - In the Battle of Poitiers, the English defeat the French.
1893 - Women's suffrage: In New Zealand, the Electoral Act of 1893 is consented to by the governor giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
2001 - Commencement of U.S. combat activities in Afghanistan.
Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:11 PM
On this day- 1997 - Six died when two trains crashed at Southall in Middlesex
Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:15 PM
Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:16 PM
and the moral of todays story is, trains are dangerous
Only when they crash
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