THIS MONTH IN HISTORY

SEPTEMBER

September 1, 1939 At 5.30 a.m., Hitler's armies invaded Poland starting World War II in Europe.

September 2, 1923 The first elections were held in the Irish Free State after achieving independence from Britain.

September 2, 1945 Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the independence of Vietnam and the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

September 3, 1838 Anti-slavery leader Frederick Douglass began his escape from slavery by boarding a train in Baltimore dressed as a sailor.

September 6, 2018 Supreme Court of India decriminalised all consensual sex among adults in private, making homosexuality legal on the Indian lands.

September 9, 1993 Israel and the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) agreed to recognize each other, paving the way for a possible peaceful end to the hundred year old conflict between Arabs and Jews in the Mideast.

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 persons.

September 16, 1976 The Episcopalian Church in the U.S. approved the ordination of women priests and bishops.

September 17, 1787 At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, delegates from twelve states voted unanimously to approve the proposed U.S. Constitution.

September 18, 1810 Chile declared its independence from Spain after 269 years as a colony.

September 19, 1893 New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote.

September 20, 1873 The New York Stock Exchange was forced to close for the first time in its history as a result of a banking crisis during the financial Panic of 1873.

September 26, 1984 Britain agreed to allow Hong Kong to revert to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.

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