Tuesday, September 13, 2005

This Week in History . . .

In my "spare" time, I am a history buff. Not a history buff in the "I know everything there is to be known about any particular era" sense, but more a history buff in the "I enjoy reading, studying, and learning from history in general" sense.

With that thought in mind, I have determined to begin a weekly (or perhaps bi-monthly or monthly) posting (depending on the time I find) which I will call "This week in history".

I'm going to narrow the focus to US history, and only those things which are particularly intriguing to me - otherwise it would take me a month to get through a weeks worth of research, and I just don't have that kind of time. So, here we go - perhaps you'll find something new and interesting that you didn't know about before either!

September 11, 1789 - Alexander Hamilton becomes the first Secretary of the Treasury.

September 11, 1857 - Mountain Meadows Massacre between 120-150 men, women, and children pioneers are massacred by Paiute Indians and a Mormon Militia lead by John D. Lee.

September 11, 200l - Never Forget!

September 12, 1609 - Henry Hudson discovers the river that would later bear his name.

September 12, 1814 - Battle of North Point wherein American Militia held off the British army so that defensive entrenchments around the city of Baltimore could be completed. Directly contributed to the ending of the war of 1812.

September 12, 1940 - Hercules Munitions Plant in Kenvil, NJ explodes, killing 55.

September 12, 1957 - North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) begins Operations at Ent, Colorado. May 12, 1958, a formal agreement is signed between the US and Canada. Until the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, NORAD's focus was almost exclusively fixed on threats coming toward the Canadian and American borders, not terrorism in our domestic airspace. Because of that day, NORAD's focus has increased to include domestic airspace. NORAD's mission is truly global.

September 12, 2001 - Article V invoked for the first time ever in response to the September 11 attacks.

September 13, 1847 - Battle of Chapultepec Mexican American war - General Winfield Scott ordered the hanging of deserters to coincide with the raising of the Stars and Stripes over the captured citadel.

September 13, 1899 - Henry Bliss becomes first person in the US to die in a car accident. He stepped off a streetcar into the path of an automobile. Wonder if this is where we got the expression "ignorance is Bliss"?

September 13, 1970 - First running of the New York City Marathon.

September 14, 1814 - Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner

September 14, 1901 - President William McKinley dies of an assassination attempt eight days earlier (guess you'd have to call it more than an attempt, eh?) and Theodore Roosevelt becomes the 26th President.

September 15, 1831
- Locomotive John Bull takes its maiden journey in New Jersey.

September 15, 1967 - Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

September 16, 1776
- Battle of Harlem Heights proved to the American Militia's that they could win in battle against the British.

September 16, 1942 - USS Wasp torpedoed in Guadalcanal.

September 16, 1956 - Play Doh is introduced to the world!

September 17, 1630
- Boston, Massachusetts founded by John Winthrop.

September 17, 1787 - Text of the U. S. Constitution agreed upon in Philadelphia.

September 17, 1859 - Joshua A. Norton declares himself the Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

September 17, 1908 - Lt. Thomas Selfridge crashes a Wright Brothers plane becoming the first airplane fatality

September 17, 1976 - First Space Shuttle "Enterprise" unveiled.

Hope you enjoyed this tour through the week of September 11-17. Tune in again next week . . .

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