United States Historical Events in September

United States Historical Events is a daily guide to the important events that shaped America to what it is today. This is a compilation of significant events for the month of September including the birth and death of famous Americans as well as laws promulgated by U.S. Congress. The list is constantly updated to incorporate the most recent events.

United States Historical Events in September

Day Year Event
1 1862 Union Army troops retreat from Chantilly, Virginia due to heavy casualty during the American Civil War.
1 1929 First issue of Fortune Magazine was published.
1 1947 The Laboratory in New Mexico that produced the first atomic bomb was formally named Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL).
2 1789 The United States Treasury was established by Congress. It was the third presidential cabinet office to be created.
2 1945 President Truman proclaims V-J Day after the Japanese surrendered in World War II.
3 1783 The Treaty of Paris was signed to officially end the American Revolutionary War and overall state of conflict between the Great Britain and the United States.
3 2016 The United States and China both formally ratify the Paris global climate agreement.
4 1781 44 Spanish settlers founded Los Angeles as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels).
5 1774 The first Continental Congress in the United States assembled in Philadelphia.
6 1620 The Pilgrims begins journey from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower to settle in North America.
7 1630 Founding of Boston in Massachusetts
7 1945 General Douglas MacArthur issued Proclamation No. 1 to the people of Korea, announcing U.S. military control over Korea south of the 38th parallel and establishing English as the official language during military control.
8 1892 The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag the United States, largely composed by Francis Julius Bellamy is first published.
8 1900 Considered as the deadliest hurricane in the United States, Hurricane Galveston makes landfall in the city of Galveston, Texas. Death toll is estimated from 6,000 to 12,000.
8 1974 President Gerald Ford issued Proclamation 4311 giving full and unconditional pardon to his predecessor Richard Nixon for any crimes that he might have committed against the United States as president.
9 1850 California became the 31th State to be admitted to the Union.
10 1721 Birthday: Peyton Randolph, founding father of the US who became the president of the First Continental Congress.
10 1813 The United States defeats a British Fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
11 2001 Coordinated terrorist attacks in the United States, now known as 9/11 Attacks
12 1609 English explorer Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Dutch Halve Maen.
13 1788 The Philadelphia Convention names New York City as the temporary capital of the country.
14 1901 Death by Assassination: William McKinley, the 25th US president, died in Buffalo, New York at age 58.
14 1934 The Office of Insular Affairs was created to oversee the federal administration of several United States insular areas such as American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
14 1975 Pope Paul VI canonized Sr. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, the first American-born to become a saint.
15 1764 Brown University, a private Ivy League research university, was established in Providence, Rhode Island.
15 1857 Birthday: William Howard Taft, the 27th US president, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
16 1908 General Motors Corporation was founded.
16 1915 The Haitian–American Convention was ratified by the United States Senate to grant the United States the right to provide security in and administer the finances of Haiti for a period of 10 years.
17 1787 The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
17 1928 Okeechobee hurricane makes landfall near West Palm Beach, Florida. It is considered as the fourth deadliest hurricane in the United States with death toll of over 4,000.
18 1850 The U.S. Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
18 1933 The Tennessee Valley Authority was established as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Its initial purpose was to provide navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing, regional planning, and economic development to the Tennessee Valley.
18 1947 Establishment of the United States Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
18 1958 Bank of America launched the BankAmericard credit card program which became Visa Card, the dominant payment system worldwide.
19 1778 The Continental Congress passes the first United States federal budget.
19 1881 Death by Assassination: James Garfield Jr., the 20th US president, died in Elberon, New Jersey at age 49.
20 1984 The U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon was attacked by a suicide bomber in a car, killing twenty-two people.
21 1938 The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. Around 500–700 people died.
22 1776 Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during the American Revolution.
22 1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation or Proclamation 95 to abolish slavery in the United States.
23 1642 The first commencement exercises happen at Harvard College.
23 1920 The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
23 2015 Pope Francis canonized Saint Junípero Serra, O.F.M., at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
24 1789 The United States Congress passes the Judiciary Act to create the office of the Attorney General and establish the federal judiciary system
25 1890 The United States Congress establishes Sequoia National Park.
26 1789 George Washington appoints Thomas Jefferson the first United States Secretary of State.
26 1914 The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an independent agency of the United States government, was organized to enforce the civil (non-criminal) antitrust law and promote consumer protection.
27 1998 The Google internet search engine claims this date as its birthday.
27 1962 Publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson which documented the environmental harm caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides.
28 1779 Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
29 1789 Adjournment of the First United States Congress
30 1630 Death: Isaac Johnson, one of the Puritan founders of Massachusetts and the colony’s First Magistrate who christened the settlement as “Boston”
30 1882 The Vulcan Street Plant, first commercial hydroelectric power plant of Thomas Edison begins operation. It was later became known as Appleton Edison Light Company.
30 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates the Hoover Dam, located on the Colorado River at the border of Nevada and Arizona.

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