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24 Quick Moments from the Month of September

by Tone Breistrand about a year ago in history

What major events took place in Septembers of the past?

24 Quick Moments from the Month of September
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September has ended, and it's time to reflect on the rich history it holds through the years. Here is a quick collection of events that impacted different areas of the world.

September 1, 1939 - World War II begun

The Second World War was officially started by Germany's invasion of Poland.

September 2, 31 BC - Battle of Actium

The last battle of the Roman Republic took place on the coast of Greece, ending the republic and marking the beginning of the Roman Empire.

September 3, 301 - San Marino was founded

The world's oldest republic still in existence, San Marino, was founded.

September 4, 1781 - Los Angeles was founded

The city of Los Angeles was founded in California by 44 Spanish speaking mestizos.

September 5, 1666 - Great Fire of London ended

The Great Fire of London ended after destroying a third of the city, including 13 200 houses .

September 5, 1839 - The First Opium War started

The First Opium War started between China and Britain, often seen as the beginning of Europe's imperialist supremacy over China.

September 5, 1946 - Freddie Mercury was born

Freddie Mercury is without a doubt one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived, and continues to be celebrated and remembered through his work.

September 6, 1522 - First circumnavigated expedition of the Earth

Ferdinand Magellan's Spanish expedition returned to Spain, the first every to circumnavigate the Earth. Only 18 survivors returned, out of the 260-280 who had left for the expedition.

September 8, 1986 - The Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast

The Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast nationally for the very first time, receiving instant success and becoming the highest-rated talk show in history.

September 12, 1959 - Luna 2 on the Moon

The Luna 2, launched by USSR, became the first spacecraft to impact on the Moon.

September 11, 2001 - The Al-Qaeda terror attacks in the US

The terrorist group Al-Qaeda launched four attacks in the United States, leaving almost 3000 people dead and 25 000 injured.

September 13, 1939 - World's first helicopter

The world's first practical helicopter took flight in Stratford, Connecticut. It was designed by Igor Sikorsky and called VS-300.

September 15, 1928 - Penicillin discovered

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin while studying influenza, leading to a major medicinal breakthrough.

September 15, 1997 - was registered as a domain name.

September 16, 1810 - Mexican independence

A “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”) was issued, calling for the end of Spanish rule, and for racial equality and redistribution of land. This resulted in the Mexican War of Independence, and is now celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.

September 16, 1848 - France abolished slavery

Slavery was abolished in all French territories, leading to 265 000 enslaved Africans being freed in the West Indies and Réunion.

September 17, 1683 - Bacteria was discovered

Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek became the first person to report on the existence of bacteria.

September 18, 1812 - Great Fire of Moscow ends

The Great Fire of Moscow burnt out after five days, leaving 12 000 people dead and 75% of the city destroyed.

September 19, 1893 - New Zealand first country to give women right to vote

New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant all women the right to vote.

September 22, 1692 - Last witchcraft hangings

The last eight people were hanged for witchcraft in the US.

September 22, 1862 - Abraham Lincoln announced freeing of slaves

US President Abraham Lincoln said he would free slaves in all states on Jan 1.

23 September, 1889 - Nintendo was founded

The company started out as a distributor of playing cards, and has since had a massive impact on the entertainment industry.

September 28, 1887 - Yellow River flood in China

The Yellow River (Huáng Hé) flooded in China, killing between 900 000 and two million people, as one of the deadliest natural disaster in all of history.

September 30, 1946 - Nuremberg war trials verdicts

At the Nuremberg war trials, 22 Nazi leaders were found guilty of war crimes and sentenced to death or prison.

We must continue to acknowledge and appreciate our past. Even though there are a lot of dark events to look back on, history has a lot to teach us, and can never be forgotten. Thank you for reading!


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Tone Breistrand

Hi there! I am a Norwegian writer living in London. I like to write about love, Disney and finding happiness.

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