by Chris Rowan
September 5, 1882, the Central Labor Union, an association of
36 unions, held the first Labor Day Parade in New York City. In
1894, Labor Day was observed as a federal holiday for the first
time–on the first Monday in September. The day honors America’s
September 8, 1565, the first European settlement in what became
the United States was established in what is now St. Augustine,
1939 (on Sept. 1) Germany invaded Poland, beginning World War
1945 (on Sept. 2) the Japanese signed a surrender aboard the USS
Missouri, formally ending World War II.
1983 (on Sept.1) the Soviet Union shot down a Korean passenger
airline, Flight 007, killing all 269 persons aboard, including
1774 (on Sept. 5) the first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia.
1776 (on Sept. 22) Revolutionay War hero Nathan Hale was hanged
by the British in New York City.
1787 (on Sept. 17) the U.S. Constitution was signed.
1974 (on Sept. 8) President Ford pardoned former President Nixon
for all crimes he “committed or may have committed” as President.
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