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This Day in History - September 25

September 25

1066 – Norwegian King, Harald Hardrada, dies

1396 – The last great Christian crusade, led by John the Fearless of Nevers and King Sigismund of Hungary ends in disaster at the hands of Sultan Bayezid I’s Ottoman army at Nicopolis

1598 – King Sigismund is defeated at Stangebro in Sweden by his uncle Charles

1775 – British troops capture Ethan Allen, the hero of Ticonderoga when he tries to invade Canada during the Revolutionary War

1789 – Congress proposes twelve new amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights

1804 – The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the procedure of choosing the president and vice president

1846 – American General Zachary Taylor’s troops capture Monterey, Mexico

1847 – Vinnie Ream, who sculpted Abraham Lincoln from life shortly before he was assassinated, is born

1864 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis meets with General John Bell Hood at Hood’s Palmetto, Georgia to discuss misfortunes of the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War

1867 – In the Old West, cattle pioneer Oliver Loving dies from gangrene poisoning in Fort Sumner, New Mexico after being shot in a battle with Commanche braves along the Pecos River

1894 – President Grover Cleveland issues a pardon for Mormons who had previously engaged in polygamous marriages

1897 – Nobel Prize-winning writer, William Faulkner, is born

1903 – Latvian and American painter, Mark Rothko, is born

1906 – Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, is born

1909 – The first National Aeronautic Show opens at Madison Square Garden

1915 – An allied offensive is launched in France against the German Army known as the Battle of Loos during World War I

1918 – Brazil declares war on Austria

1929 – American baseball player and manager, Miller Huggins, dies

1931 – Television news personality, Barbara Walters, is born

1932 – Concert pianist, Glenn Gould, is born

1932 – 1st Duke of Suarez, Grandee of Spain, Spain’s first democratically elected prime minister following Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez is born

1933 – Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Ian Tyson, is born

1936 – Dancer, Juliet Prowse, is born

1937 – German Chancellor Adolf Hitler meets with Italian Premier Benito Mussolini in Munich

1938 – President Roosevelt urges negotiations between Hitler and Czech President Edvard Benes over the Sudetenland

1942 – The War Labor Board orders equal pay for women in the US

1942 – British bombers attempt to take out the Gestapo headquarters in Norway, and while they miss their target, their mission was still considered a success as Nazis fled for their lives

1943 – Director of CIA under President George H.W. Bush, Robert Gates, is born

1943 – The Red Army takes Smolensk from the Germans who are retreating to the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union

1944 – Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actor and producer, Michael Douglas is born

1951 – Actor, producer, director, and writer, Mark Hamill, is born

1952 – American actor, Christopher Reeve, is born

1956 – Editor, publisher, and co-founder of Fantagraphics Books, Kim Thompson, is born

1957 – Nine black students enter all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas under the escort of US Army’s 101st Airborne Division

1959 – President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev begin Camp David talks

1959 – Mob assassins shoot Anthony Carfano, known as Little Augie Pisano to death in New York City on orders from Meyer Lansky

1961 – Actress, Heather Locklear, is born

1964 – Actress, singer, songwriter, and musician, Maria Doyle Kennedy, is born

1965 – Pro basketball player Scottie Pippen is born

1965 – 59-year old Satchel Paige pitches three innings, giving up only one hit

1968 – Grammy-winning rapper, actor, and producer, Will Smith, is born

1969 – Academy Award-winning actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is born

1969 – Senator Charles Goodell proposes legislation that would require withdrawal of troops from Vietnam by the end of 1970

1970 – The Partridge Family premieres on ABC

1971 – American jurist and politician, Hugo Black, dies

1974 – Scientists warn that continued use of aerosol sprays will cause ozone depletion, leading to an increased risk of skin cancer and global weather changes

1978 – A Pacific Southwest Airlines jet collides in mid-air with a small Cessna over San Diego, killing 153 people. 144 people died on impact as the jet fuel burst into a fireball, as well as both pilots. Wreckage fell into a populated neighborhood, destroying 22 homes and killing 7 on the ground

1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor is sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice

1983 – Maze Prison escape, County Antrim, Northern Ireland; 38 IRA prisoners escape in the largest prison breakout in British history; known among Irish republicans as the Great Escape

1992 – NASA launches Mars Observer probe which will fail 11 months later

1996 – Ireland’s last Magdalene laundry closes; begun as asylums to rehabilitate “fallen women,” they increasingly took on prison-like qualities

2003 – It was reported that more than 14,000 lost their lives during a heat wave in France

2003 – Palestinian and American theoretician, Edward Said, dies

2005 – The Irish Republican Army gives up its weapons in front of independent weapons inspectors in what was considered a historic event

2008 – China launches Shenzhou 7 spacecraft; crew performs China’s first extra-vehicular activity

2009 – President Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy jointly accuse Iran of building a secrecy nuclear enrichment facility

2011 – King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia grants women the right to vote and run for office

2011 – Nobel Prize-winning environmentalist, Wangari Maathai, dies

 


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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