Sunday, September 22, 2019 (Week 39)

Today in History

What happened today in history?

Today is September 22. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred today in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened this day in history.

This day in History

1991
Huntington Library makes the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the public for the first time.
1980
The Iran-Iraq War begins as Iraq invades Iran; lasting until August 1988, it was the longest conventional war of the 20th century.
1975
Sara Jane Moore attempts to assassinate US President Gerald Ford, the second attempt on his life in less than three weeks.
1970
President Richard M. Nixon signs a bill giving the District of Columbia representation in the U.S. Congress.
1969
Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first baseball player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 home runs.
1961
President John Kennedy signs a congressional act establishing the Peace Corps.
1947
A Douglas C-54 Skymaster makes the first automatic pilot flight over the Atlantic.
1945
President Harry Truman accepts U.S. Secretary of War Stimson’s recommendation to designate the war World War II.
1929
Communist and Nazi factions clash in Berlin.
1919
President Woodrow Wilson abandons his national tour to support the League of Nations when he suffers a case of nervous exhaustion.
1918
General Allenby leads the British army against the Turks, taking Haifa and Nazareth, Palestine.
1915
Xavier University, the first African-American Catholic college, opens in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1914
The German cruiser Emden shells Madras, India, destroying 346,000 gallons of fuel and killing only five civilians.
1906
Race riots in Atlanta, Georgia leave 21 people dead.
1893
Bicycle makers Charles and Frank Duryea show off the first American automobile produced for sale to the public by taking it on a maiden run through the streets of Springfield, Massachusetts.
1869
The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, arrive in San Francisco after a rollicking, barnstorming tour of the West.
1864
Union General Philip Sheridan defeats Confederate General Jubal Early‘s troops at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill in Virginia.
1862
President Abraham Lincoln issues a proclamation calling for all slaves within the rebel states to be freed on January 1, a political move that helps keep the British from intervening on the side of the South.
1789
Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov drive the Turkish army under Yusuf Pasha from the Rymnik River, upsetting the Turkish invasion of Russia.
1776
American Captain Nathan Hale is hanged as a spy by the British in New York City; his last words are reputed to have been, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”
1711
The Tuscarora Indian War begins with a massacre of settlers in North Carolina, following white encroachment that included the enslaving of Indian children.
1656
The General Provincial Court in session at Patuxent, Maryland, impanels the first all-woman jury in the Colonies to hear evidence against Judith Catchpole, who is accused of murdering her child. The jury acquits her after hearing her defense of never having been pregnant.

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  • Charles M. Thomas
    11-26-2017 at 04:30 UTC

    I COULDN'T REMEMBER THE DAY IT WAS AND I CAME UPON YOUR SITE, I LIKE IT AND GOING TO TELL ALL MY FRIENDS OLD AND YOUNG.

    ALSO LIKED "This Day in History" along with all the other information I can receive. Going to save this page and each morning it will be "REQUIRED READING".

    Sincerely,
    Chuck Thomas
    Butler, PA

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