by Chris Rowan
On 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
On September 8, 1565 the first European settlement in what became
the United States was established in what was later named St.
On September 2, 1910, Blanche Stuart Scott became the first female
airplane pilot to make a solo flight. On September 2, 1948, Scott
became the first woman jet passenger.
In 1939 (on Sept.1) Germany invaded Poland, beginning World War
In 1945 (on Sept. 2) the Japanese signed a surrender agreement
aboard the USS Missouri, formally ending World War II.
In 1983 (on Sept.1) the Soviet Union shot down a Korean passenger
airline, Flight 007, killing all 269 persons aboard, including
In 1774 (on Sept. 5) the first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia.
In 1776 (on Sept.22) Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale was hanged
by the British in New York City.
In 1787 (on Sept. 17) the U.S. Constitution was signed.
In 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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