Historical Events on September

  • Bobby Fischer


    In Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion.

  • Cleopatra VII

    44 BC

    Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru


    The Interim Government of India is formed, headed by Jawaharlal Nehru as Vice President with the powers of a Prime Minister.

  • Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia


    War on Drugs: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attack a military base in Guaviare, starting three weeks of guerrilla warfare in which at least 130 Colombians are killed.

  • Ulysses S. Grant


    American Civil War: Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant bloodlessly capture Paducah, Kentucky, giving the Union control of the Tennessee River's mouth.

  • Manhattan Island


    Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.

  • Harry S. Truman


    Korean War: President Harry S. Truman approved military operations north of the 38th parallel.

  • September 11 attacks


    Two hijacked aircraft crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third smashes into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in a series of coordinated suicide attacks by 19 members of al-Qaeda. A total of 2,996 people are killed.

  • 2012 Benghazi attack


    The U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya is attacked, resulting in four deaths.

  • Zimbabwe


    Southern Rhodesia, today called Zimbabwe, is annexed by the United Kingdom.

  • September 11, 2001 attacks


    Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.

  • Siege of Kobanî


    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launches its Kobani offensive against Syrian-Kurdish forces.

  • September 11 attacks


    The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

  • Jamaica


    Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations.

  • Scottish independence referendum, 2014


    Scotland votes against independence from the United Kingdom.

  • Holocaust


    World War II: Swiss Police instruction dictates that "Under current practice ... refugees on the grounds of race alone are not political refugees", effectively denying entry to Jews trying to flee occupied Europe during the Holocaust.

  • France


    Jews in France are granted French citizenship.

  • New York Yankees


    The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time.