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On This Day in History, September 1

What Happened On This Day – September 1

  • 2004 350 people and children are killed in a massacre in Beslan, North Ossetia

    Armed Chechen rebels took over 1000 people including school children at a school. The rebels demanded international recognition of an independent Chechnya. The hostage crisis lasted for 3 days and ended after Russian troops stormed the school.

  • 1985 The Wreck of the sunk ship Titanic is found in the North Atlantic Ocean

    A French-American expedition group found the wreck, which sunk on 14 April 1912 on her first voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City, U.S.

  • 1979 Pioneer 11 makes its closest approach to Saturn

    The NASA built space probe was the first probe to encounter Saturn - it flew by the planet at a distance of 13,000 miles (21,000 km). After its flyby, the probe went on a trajectory to go outside the Solar System. All contacts with it were lost a few weeks later.

  • 1952 Life magazine publishes parts of the Old Man And The Sea

    One of American author Ernest Hemingway’s best-known works, the novel tells the story of an old man and his fishing misadventures. Within a few days of the publication of the excerpt, 5 million copies of the magazine had been sold.

  • 1914 Passenger Pigeons become extinct

    Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon known to man, died at the Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, Ohio effectively making Passenger Pigeons extinct.

Births On This Day – September 1

  • 1975 Natalie Bassingthwaighte

    Australian singer-songwriter, actress

  • 1970 Padma Lakshmi

    Indian actress

  • 1968 Mohamed Atta

    Egyptian terrorist, hijacker of American Airlines Flight 11

  • 1964 Nabeel Rajab

    Bahraini activist

  • 1946 Roh Moo-hyun

    South Korean politician, 16th President of South Korea

Deaths On This Day – September 1

  • 2013 Tommy Morrison

    American boxer

  • 1983 Larry McDonald

    American politician

  • 1981 Albert Speer

    German architect

  • 1947 Frederick Russell Burnham

    American soldier, adventurer

  • 1715 Louis XIV of France

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