What Happened on September 11

Historical Events

  • 1297 Battle at Stirling Bridge, Scottish rebel William Wallace defeats the English
  • 1609 Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos
  • 1697 Battle of Zenta: forces of Prince Eugen of Savoye defeat the Turks, ending Ottoman control of large parts of Central Europe
  • 1708 Great Northern War: Charles XII of Sweden stops his march to conquer Moscow outside Smolensk, marking the turning point in the war
  • 2001 Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board
  • 2001 Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the deaths of 125 people
  • 2001 Two passenger planes hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists crash into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and deaths of 2,606 people
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Sep 11 in Film & TV

  • 1928 1st ever TV drama WGY's "Queens Messenger" broadcast in the New York area starring Izetta Jewell

Sep 11 in Music

  • 1914 W. C. Handy "Father of the Blues" publishes his most famous composition "St Louis Blues"

Sep 11 in Sport

  • 1985 Sri Lanka score their 1st Test Cricket victory, by 149 runs v India

Did You Know?

Benjamin Franklin writes "There never was a good war or bad peace"

On September 11, 1773

Would You Believe?

Mountain Meadows Massacre, Mormons dressed as Indians murder 120 colonists in Utah

On September 11, 1857

Famous Weddings

  • 1878 German philosopher Friedrich Engels (57) marries Lizzie Burns (51), hours before her death in London
  • 1930 Mystery writer Agatha Christie (39) weds archaeologist Max Mallowan (26)
  • 1941 Belgium King Leopold secretly marries Lilian Baels

Famous Divorces

  • 1977 TV's Rhoda gets divorced

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