On This Day

What Happened in September 1774

Historical Events

  • Sep 5 Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopt a trade embargo against Great Britain at the first Continental Congress at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 5 With the meeting of the Continental Congress, Philadelphia becomes the 1st capital of United States
  • Sep 15 Cossack pretender to the Russian throne Yemelyan Ivanovich Pugachev captured

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 8 Anna Katharina Emmerick, Roman Catholic Augustinian Canoness Regular of Windesheim, Marian visionary, ecstatic and stigmatist, born in Coesfeld, Westphalia, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1824)
  • Sep 14 Lord William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, British soldier and statesman (Governor-General of India, 1828-1835), born in Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1839)
  • Sep 17 Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Italian cardinal, linguist and hyperpolyglot (understood 70 languages), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1849)
  • Sep 26 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1845)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 22 Pope Clement XIV [Giovanni Ganganelli], Pope (1769-74), dies at 68
  • Sep 25 John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (b. 1714)