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.
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 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
8 1892 The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag the United States, largely composed by Francis Julius Bellamy is first published.
9 1850 California became the 31th State to be admitted to the Union.
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.
15 1857 Birthday: William Howard Taft, the 27th US president, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
16 1908 General Motors Corporation was founded.
17 1787 The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
18 1850 The U.S. Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
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
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.
27 1998 The Google internet search engine claims this date as its birthday.
28 1779 Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
29 1789 Adjournment of the First United States Congress
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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