We know what happened on September 11, 2001. I was curious to see what else happened on September 11
in the past. So here we go:
813 Charles the Great crowns Louis I emperor
1297 – Scotsman William Wallace defeated the English forces of Sir Hugh de Cressingham at the Battle of Stirling Bridge
1499 – French forces took over Milan, Italy.
1557 Catholic and Lutheran theology debated in Worms
1609 Explorer Henry Hudson sailed into New York harbor and discovered Manhattan Island and the Hudson River.
1649 Massacre of Drogheda-Cromwell kills 3,000 royalists
1672 Colonial American clergyman Solomon Stoddard, 29, was ordained pastor of the Congregational church in Northampton, Mass. He remained at this pulpit for the next 57 years! (From 1727 until his death in 1729, Stoddard was assisted by his grandson, Jonathan Edwards.)
1695 -Imperial troops under Eugene of Savoy defeated the Turks at the Battle of Zenta.
1709 An Anglo-Dutch-Austrian force defeated the French in the Battle of Malplaquet.
1741 Queen Maria Theresa addresses Hungarian Parliament
1776 – A Peace Conference was held between British General Howe and three representatives of the Continental Congress (Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge). The conference failed and the American war for independence continued for seven years.
1777 – American forces, under General George Washington, were forced to retreat at the Battle of Brandywine Creek by British forces under William Howe. The Stars and Stripes (American flag) were carried for the first time in the battle.
1786 – The Convention of Annapolis opened with the aim of revising the articles of the confederation.
1789 – Alexander Hamilton was appointed by U.S. President George Washington to be the first secretary of the treasury.
1814 The U.S. fleet defeated a squadron of British ships in the Battle of Lake Champlain, VT.
1814 Americans defeat British at Battle of Plattsburgh
1831 Charles Darwin meets with Captain Fitzroy at Plymouth
1847 – “Oh, Susannah” was sung in public for the first time. Stephen Foster sold the rights to the song for a bottle of whiskey.
1853 1st electric telegraph in use, Merchant’s Exchange to Pt Lobos
1855 – The siege of Sevastopol ended when French, British and Piedmontese troops captured the main naval base of the Russian Black fleet in the Crimean War.
1850 Swedish soprano Jenny Lind makes her American debut at Castle Garden theatre in New York City.
1875 – “Professor Tidwissel’s Burglar Alarm” was featured in the New York Daily Graphic and became the first comic strip to appear in a newspaper.
1904 – The U.S. battleship Connecticut was launched in New York.
1919 US marines invade Honduras
1922 British mandate of Palestine begins
1923 The ZR-1 (biggest active dirigible) flies over NY’s tallest skyscraper, the Woolworth Tower
1939 Battle of Kutno-pocket: Germans advance to Warsaw
1939 British submarine Triton torpedoes British submarine Oxley
1940 Anton Mussert establishes Dutch SS
1940 Hitler begins operation-Seelowe (invasion England)
1941 Belgium King Leopold secretly marries Lilian Baels
1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt orders any Axis ship found in American waters be shot on sight
1941 In Arlington, VA, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pentagon took place.
1943 Allied arm forces conquerors of Salerno
1943 Jewish ghettos of Minsk and Lida Belorussia liquidated
1943 Last German Q/pirate ship sinks near Easter Island
1943 U.S. and Australian troops join in Salamaua, New Guinea
1942 Transport nr 31 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1946 1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation
1950 1st typesetting machine to dispense with metal type exhibited
1951 Florence Chadwick became the first woman to swim the English Channel from both directions.
1952 West German Chancellor Adenauer signs a reparation pact for Jews
1960 Wilma Rudolph gets her third medal at the Rome Olympics.
1966 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1969 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1971 Egypt adopts its constitution
1973 Chilean President Salvadore Allende was overthrown.
1974 The St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets set a National League record when they played 25 innings. It was the second longest game in professional baseball history.
1980 Chile adopts its constitution
1986 Dow Jones Industrial Avg suffered biggest 1-day decline ever, plummeting 86.61 points to 1,792.89. 237.57 million shares traded
1995 Soyuz TM-22, lands
1997 – Scotland voted to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
2001 Ninetten terrorists hijack four commercial jets, killing nearly 3,000 in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania
2003 Sweden’s Foreign Minister Anna Lindh died from stab wounds inflicted by an unknown assailant the previous day.
2005 Last of Israeli troops leave Gaza.
2009 Inmates at Iraq’s notoriuous Abu Grraib prison start a fire and clash with guards during two days of unrest
Compiled from various sources including: