september in history
September 16, 1620 - The Mayflower ship departed from England, bound for America with 102 passengers and a small crew. The ship reached Provincetown, Massachusetts on November 21st. The Pilgrims disembarked at Plymouth on December 26th.
September 5, 1847 - Wild West legend Jesse James was born in Centerville, Missouri. Jesse and his brother Frank formed a group of outlaws, robbing banks, trains, stagecoaches and stores. In 1882, after the governor of Missouri offered a $10,000 reward for their capture dead or alive, a member of the gang shot 34-year-old Jesse and claimed the reward.
September 22, 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves in territories held by Confederates as of January 1, 1863.
September 1, 1939 - At 5.30 a.m., Hitler's armies invaded Poland starting World War II in Europe.
September 26, 1960 - The first-ever televised presidential debate occurred between presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
September 11, 2001 - The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history occurred as four large passenger jets were hijacked then crashed, killing nearly 3,000 people.