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september

September (from Latin septem, "seven") was originally the seventh of ten months on the oldest known Roman calendar, with March (Latin Martius) the first month of the year until perhaps as late as 153 BC.
  After the calendar reform that added January and February to the beginning of the year, September became the ninth month, but retained its name. It had 29 days until the Julian reform, which added a day.
  September is the sixth month of the astrological calendar, which begins at the end of March/Mars/Aries.  September also marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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1st

In AD 70, the Destruction of Jerusalem under Titus took place.

2nd

The Great Fire of London started today in 1666; it destroyed 13,000 buildings in four days.

3rd

1: In 1783, Britain recognized US independence with the signing of a Paris peace Treaty


2: In 1939 11 am Prime Minister Chamberlain went to the airwaves to announce to the British people that a state of war existed between their country and Germany.  World War II had begun.

4th

Geronimo, the Apache chief,  Last of the famous Indians who fought for their freedom finally surrendered to the US army in 1886:

5th

World war Two legless fighter pilot and POW escapee Douglas Bader died today in 1982.  One of the true heroes of the twentieth century. 

6th

It was in 1989, due to a computer error, that 41,000 Parisians received letters charging them with murder, extortion, and organized prostitution instead of traffic violations.

7th

Grace Darling's and her father rescued the crew of the Forfarshire, a steamer wrecked off the Northumberland coast; she subsequently became a national heroine in 1838.

8th

In 1664, the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam was surrendered to the British who renamed it New York in 1669.

9th

Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, famous Russian novelist; writer of 'War And Peace' born today in 1828:

10th

Former Norwegian premier, Vidkun Quisling who had collaborated with the Germans during World War II, was sentenced to death today in 1945:

11th

It was in 1973, a military junta, with US support, overthrew the elected government of Chile. More details @ The Truth About Pinochet- Chile's legacy of torture and murder.

12th

The cave of Lascaux  France, containing prehistoric wall paintings, were discovered this day in 1940:.

13th

In 1759; The British defeated the French at the Battle of Quebec, completing the British conquest of North America. See the General Wolfe History pages for further details.

14th

The Soviet Lunik II became the first spacecraft to land on the Moon in 1959; details at Russian Life Online.

15th

Still in the 20th centaury in 1935, The Nuremberg Race laws were passed in Germany, outlawing Jews and making the swastika the country's official flag.

 

16th

In 1859, David Livingstone discovered Lake Nyasa (now Lake Malawi) in Africa..

 

17th

Police made 1,314 arrests during sit-down demonstrations by CND members in Trafalgar Square, London in 1961:

 

18th

Jimi Hendrix, US rock guitarist and possibly the best guitar player that ever lived, died today in 1970.

19th

Back in time, 1356 to be exact; Edward the Black Prince of England defeated the French (again) at the Battle of Poitiers in the Hundred Years' War.

20th

1996: More than eight lbs/3.6 kg of heroin were discovered on Colombian President Samper's official jet, 12 hours before he was scheduled to fly to New York City to address the UN General Assembly on Colombia's strategy in the war against drugs.

21st

Stonehenge was sold at auction to Mr C H Chubb for £6,600 in 1915. The purchaser; Mr Chubb presented it to the nation three years later.

22nd

Argentina leader Juan Perón was deposed in a military coup today in 1955.

 

23rd

1846 and the German astronomer Johann Galle discovered the planet Neptune.

 

24th

In 1998, the Iranian government announced that it was disavowing the fatwa issued on the life of the writer Salman Rushdie by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989. The death sentence on the writer had stood for ten years.

 

25th

England's King Harold II defeated the King of Norway, Harald Hardrada, at the The Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

 

26th

Bob Dylan made his debut in New York's Greenwich Village, at Gerdie's Folk City today in 1961.

 

27th

It was today in 1826, that the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the first passenger rail service, opened in England, with its first steam locomotive traveling at 10 mph.

 

28th

The First International History was founded in London, in 1864 when Karl Marx proposed the formation of an International Working Men's Association.

 

29th

In 1399 the first English monarch to abdicate, Richard II was replaced by Bolingbroke who ascended the throne as Henry IV.

 

 

30th

Sir Alexander Fleming - Biography announced his discovery of penicillin in today 1928.

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