September 16

1620 – Mayflower departs England

1908 – William Durant creates General Motors

1940 – United States imposes the WWII draft

September 17

1787 – U.S. Constitution signed by 38 of 41 delegates

1978 – Camp David Accords signed

1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America

1996 – Oprah launches influential book club

September 18

1634 – Anne Hutchinson arrives in the New World

1793 – Capitol cornerstone is laid

September 19

1893 – New Zealand is first to grant national voting rights to women

1970 – Groundbreaking sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuts

1995 – Unabomber manifesto published

September 20

1806 – The returning Lewis and Clark reach the first white settlement on the Missouri

1878 – Upton Sinclair is born

1970 – King triumphs in Battle of Sexes tennis match

September 21

1780 – Benedict Arnold commits treason

1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is published

2001 – Dow Jones industrial average posted largest weekly loss since the Great Depression

September 22

1692 – Last people hanged in the Salem Witch Trials

1862 – Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation

1961 – President Kennedy signs Peace Corps legislation


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