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
1968 Mohamed Atta
Egyptian terrorist, hijacker of American Airlines Flight 11
1964 Nabeel Rajab
1946 Roh Moo-hyun
South Korean politician, 16th President of South Korea
Deaths On This Day – September 1
2013 Tommy Morrison
1983 Larry McDonald
1981 Albert Speer
1947 Frederick Russell Burnham
American soldier, adventurer
1715 Louis XIV of France