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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for September 18th

  • Year 14 » Tiberius is confirmed as Roman emperor by the Roman Senate following the natural death of Augustus
  • Year 96 » Nerva is proclaimed Roman emperor after Domitian is assassinated.
  • Year 1180 » Philip Augustus becomes king of France.
  • Year 1502 » Christopher Columbus lands at Honduras on his fourth, and final, voyage.
  • Year 1635 » Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor called Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II of Austria declares war on France.
  • Year 1679 » New Hampshire becomes a county of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Year 1714 » George I of Great Britain named George I arrives in Great Britain for the first time since becoming king on August 1st.
  • Year 1739 » The Treaty of Belgrade is signed, ceding Belgrade to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Year 1793 » The first cornerstone of the United States Capitol known as Capitol building is laid by George Washington.
  • Year 1809 » The Royal Opera House in London opens.
  • Year 1810 » Government Junta of Chile (1810) named First Government Junta in Chile. Though supposed to rule only in the absence of the king, it is in fact the first step towards independence from Spain, and is commemorated as such.
  • Year 1812 » Fire of Moscow (1812) or The 1812 Fire of Moscow dies down after destroying more than three-quarters of the city. Napoleon returns from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, spared from the fire.
  • Year 1837 » Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The store is called a "stationery and fancy goods emporium".
  • Year 1838 » The Anti-Corn Law League is established by Richard Cobden.
  • Year 1850 » The United States Congress e.g U.S. Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
  • Year 1851 » First publication of 'The New-York Daily Times', which later becomes 'The New York Times'.
  • Year 1870 » Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn–Langford–Doane Expedition to Yellowstone.
  • Year 1872 » King Oscar II of Sweden called Oscar II accedes to the throne of Sweden–Norway.
  • Year 1873 » Panic of 1873: The U.S. bank Jay Cooke & Company declares bankruptcy, triggering a series of bank failures.
  • Year 1882 » The Pacific Stock Exchange opens.
  • Year 1895 » Booker T. Washington delivers the "Atlanta compromise" address.
  • Year 1895 » Daniel David Palmer gives the first chiropractic adjustment.
  • Year 1906 » A typhoon with tsunami kills an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong.
  • Year 1910 » In Amsterdam, 25,000 demonstrate for general suffrage.
  • Year 1911 » Russian Premier Pyotr Stolypin is shot at the Kiev Opera House.
  • Year 1914 » World War I: South African troops land in German South West Africa.
  • Year 1914 » The Home Rule Act 1914 called Irish Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I.
  • Year 1919 » Fritz Pollard becomes the first African American to play professional Football (American) called football for a major team, the Akron Pros.
  • Year 1922 » Hungary is admitted to the League of Nations.
  • Year 1927 » The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air.
  • Year 1928 » Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel.
  • Year 1931 » The Mukden Incident gives Japan the pretext to invade and occupy Manchuria.
  • Year 1934 » The USSR is admitted to the League of Nations.
  • Year 1939 » The Nazi propaganda broadcaster known as Lord Haw-Haw begins transmitting.
  • Year 1939 » World War II: Second Polish Republic known as Polish government of Ignacy Mościcki flees to Kingdom of Romania e.g Romania.
  • Year 1940 » The British liner SS named City of Benares is sunk by German submarine U-48 (1939) or German submarine U-48; those killed include 77 child refugees.
  • Year 1943 » World War II: The Jews of Minsk are massacred at Sobibor extermination camp or Sobibór.
  • Year 1943 » World War II: Adolf Hitler orders the deportation of Danish Jews.
  • Year 1945 » General Douglas MacArthur moves his command headquarters to Tokyo.
  • Year 1947 » The United States Air Force becomes an independent branch of the United States armed forces.
  • Year 1947 » The National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency are established in the United States under the National Security Act of 1947 e.g National Security Act.
  • Year 1948 » Communist Madiun uprising in Dutch Indies.
  • Year 1959 » Vanguard 3 is launched into Earth orbit.
  • Year 1960 » Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.
  • Year 1961 » U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the war-torn Katanga Province or Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Year 1962 » Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations.
  • Year 1964 » Constantine II of Greece marries Queen Anne-Marie of Greece e.g Danish princess Anne-Marie.
  • Year 1964 » North Vietnamese Army begins infiltration of South Vietnam.
  • Year 1973 » The Bahamas, East Germany and West Germany are admitted to the United Nations.
  • Year 1974 » Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, killing 5,000 people.
  • Year 1975 » Patty Hearst is arrested after a year on the FBI Most Wanted List.
  • Year 1977 » Voyager I takes first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together.
  • Year 1980 » Soyuz 38 carries two cosmonauts (including one Cubans known as Cuban) to Salyut 6 called Salyut 6 space station.
  • Year 1981 » Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • Year 1982 » Christian militia begin killing six-hundred Palestinians in Lebanon.
  • Year 1984 » Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic.
  • Year 1987 » Jerzy Kukuczka becomes the second mountaineer to summit all 14 Eight-thousanders.
  • Year 1988 » End of 8888 Uprising or pro-democracy uprisings in Myanmar after a bloody military coup by the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Thousands, mostly monks and civilians (primarily students), are killed by the Myanmar Armed Forces or Tatmadaw.
  • Year 1990 » Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • Year 1991 » Yugoslavia begins a naval blockade of seven Adriatic port cities.
  • Year 1992 » An explosion rocks Giant Mine at the height of a labor dispute, killing nine replacement workers.
  • Year 1997 » United States media magnate Ted Turner donates US$1 billion to the United Nations.
  • Year 1998 » ICANN is formed.
  • Year 2001 » First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
  • Year 2007 » Pervez Musharraf announces that he will step down as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after he is re-elected president.
  • Year 2007 » Bhikkhu known as Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some call the 2007 Burmese anti-government protests named Saffron Revolution.
  • Year 2009 » The 72-year run of the soap opera 'The Guiding Light' ends as its final episode is broadcast.
  • Year 2013 » Cygnus Orb-D1 is launched into space.
  • Year 2014 » Scotland Scottish independence referendum, 2014 called votes against independence from the United Kingdom.

World History for the Month of September