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Facts about September

According to the Georgian calendar, September is the ninth month. But, on the Roman calendar, it was the seventh month. September has had 29 days, and 31 days; but, since the time of the emperor Augustus, it has had only 30 days.

September is one of the warmest months in the Southern United States. Northern states have warm September days, but the nights get much cooler. It is also harvest time for crops. And, in Switzerland, it's called Harvest Month.

Five Jewish holidays are celebrated in September or early October. They are Rosh Ha-Shanah, or New Year; Tzom Gedaliah, a fast day; Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement; Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles; and Simhat Torah, a day of rejoicing.

On September 17th, both Citizenship Day and Consititution Day are observed in the United States. Mexicans and many Mexican-Americans will celebrate the Mexican Independence days on September 15 and 16.

LABOR DAY is the only legal holiday in September. It comes on the first Monday, and is celebrated in both the United States and Canada.

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  • The sapphire is the gem for September.

  • The morning glory is the flower for the month of September.


  • Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan established, September 1, 1905.

  • German troops invaded Poland, starting World War II in Europe, September 1, 1939.

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury established, September 2, 1789.

  • Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii born September 2, 1838.

  • Japan's surrender in World War II first celebrated as Victory over Japan (V-J) Day, September 2, 1945.

  • First Labor Day celebrated as a legal public holiday, September 3, 1894.

  • Louis H. Sullivan, American architect, born September 3, 1856.

  • Great Britain signed Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War in America, September 3,1783.

  • Marcus Whitman, American missionary, born September 4, 1802.

  • Daniel H. Burnham, American architect, born September 4, 1846.

  • First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia, September 5, 1774.

  • Jesse James, American desperado, born September 5, 1847.

  • Massachusetts Bay Colony established, September 6, 1628.

  • Jane Addams, founder of Hull House, born September 6, 1860.

  • President McKinley shot by an assassin, September 6, 1901.

  • American financier J. P. Morgan, Jr., born September 7, 1867.

  • Queen Elizabeth I of England born September 7, 1533.

  • Blitz of London in World War II began, September 7, 1940.

  • First permanent white settlement in what is now America founded in St. Augustine, Fla., September 8,1565.

  • Antonin Dvorak, Czech composer, born September 8, 1841.

  • Robert A. Taft, senator from Ohio, born September 8, 1889.

  • Italy announced its surrender in World War II, September 8, 1943.

  • California became the 31st state, September 9, 1850.

  • Oliver Hazard Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813.

  • Elias Howe patented his sewing machine, September 10, 1846.

  • Arthur H. Compton, American physicist, born September 10, 1892.

  • Battle of Brandywine in Revolutionary War, September 11, 1777.

  • William Sydney Porter, American short-story writer who used the pseudonym O. Henry, born September 11, 1862.

  • Henry Hudson entered the river named for him, September 12, 1609.

  • H. L. Mencken, American editor, born September 12, 1880.

  • Russians launched first rocket to the moon, September 12, 1959.

  • Walter Reed, American surgeon, born September 13, 1851.

  • John J. Pershing, American general, born September 13, 1860.

  • Composer Arnold Schoenberg born September 13, 1874.

  • Great Britain and its American colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar, September 14, 1752.

  • Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the attack on Fort McHenry, September 14, 1814.

  • U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott took control of Mexico City, September 14, 1847.

  • American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson born September 14, 1867.

  • President McKinley died in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him, September 14, 1901.

  • Congress passed the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history, September 14, 1940.

  • The Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface, September 14, 1959.

  • Mary Ann Fischer of Aberdeen, S.D., gave birth to four girls and a boy, the first surviving quintuplets in the United States, September 14, 1963.

  • Lebanon's president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb, September 14, 1982.

  • Novelist James Fenimore Cooper born September 15, 1789.

  • Mexico's War of Independence began, September 15, 1810.

  • William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 15, 1857.

  • Orchestra conductor Bruno Walter born September 15, 1876.

  • British Army became the first to use military tanks, September 15, 1916.

  • Pilgrims sailed from England in the Mayflower, September 16, 1620.

  • Selective Service Act establishing military draft passed by U.S. Congress, September 16, 1940.

  • Constitution of the United States signed, September 17, 1787.

  • Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, German soldier in the Revolutionary War in America, born September 17, 1730.

  • Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the U.S. September 17.

  • Samuel Johnson, English author and dictionary maker, born September 18, 1709.

  • Quebec surrendered to the British, September 18, 1759.

  • Washington laid cornerstone of the Capitol, September 18, 1793.

  • Chile declared its independence from Spain, September 18, 1810.

  • First Battle of Freeman's Farm in the Revolutionary War began, September 19, 1777.

  • George Washington's Farewell Address published, September 19, 1796.

  • Battle of Chickamauga in Civil War began, September 19, 1863.

  • President James A. Garfield died of assassin's shot, September 19,1881.

  • Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Australian nurse who developed a method of treating poliomyelitis, born September 20, 1886.

  • Great hurricane swept the Atlantic Coast, September 21, 1938.

  • Revolutionary War patriot Nathan Hale put to death as a spy by British, September 22,1776.

  • President Abraham Lincoln issued preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862.

  • Augustus, first Roman emperor, born September 23, 63 B.C.

  • Thomas Osborne, American prison reformer, born September 23, 1859.

  • John Paul Jones, commanding the Bonhomme Richard, defeated the British ship Serapis in the Revolutionary War, September 23, 1779.

  • American writer Walter Lippmann born September 23, 1889.

  • John Marshall, chief justice of the United States, born September 24, 1755.

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer, born September 24, 1896.

  • Columbus sailed on second voyage to America, September 25, 1493.

  • Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa sighted the Pacific Ocean, September 25, 1513.

  • Publick Occurrences, first American newspaper, appeared in Boston, September 25, 1690.

  • Amendment 12 to the U.S. Constitution, changing details of presidential elections, proclaimed, September 25, 1804.

  • William Faulkner, American novelist, born September 25, 1897.

  • T. S. Eliot, American-born poet, born September 26, 1888.

  • George Gershwin, American composer, born September 26, 1898.

  • Samuel Adams, American patriot, born September 27, 1722.

  • Thomas Nast, American cartoonist, born September 27, 1840.

  • The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth launched at Glasgow, September 27, 1938.

  • William the Conqueror landed in England, September 28, 1066.

  • Georges Clemenceau, French statesman, born September 28, 1841.

  • Horatio Nelson, British naval hero, born September 29, 1758.

  • Henry H. Richardson, American architect, born September 29, 1838.

  • Pompey, Roman general, born September 30, 106 B.C.

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