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This Week in History (9/16 – 9/22)

Hunter Hoskins, Staff Writer

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September 16th: On this day in 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. In 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, launches the Mexican War of Independence. In 1932, in his cell at a Jail near Bombay, Gandhi began a hunger strike against the British.

September 17th: On this day in 1787, the Constitution of the United States of America was signed. In 1862, Confederate and Union troops in the Civil War clashed near Maryland’s Antietam Creek in the bloodiest single day in American military history.

September 18th: On this day in 1793, George Washington laid the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building. In 1969, March Against Death was held in Washington.

September 19th: On this day in 1881, President Garfield succumbed to shooting wounds. In 1941, Germans bombarded Leningrad. In 1957, the United States detonated a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site.

September 20th: On this day in 1565, the First European battle on American soil occurred. In 1777, Redcoats killed sleeping Americans in the Paoli Massacre. In 1806, after nearly two-and-a-half years spent exploring the western wilderness, Lewis and Clark arrived at the frontier village of La Charette, the first white settlement they had seen since leaving.

September 21st: On this day in 1780, during the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold met with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British. In 1792, the monarchy is abolished in France. In 1942, the U.S. B-29 Super-fortress made its debut flight in Seattle, Washington.

September 22nd: On this day in 1828, Shaka Zulu was assassinated. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. In 1914, the German submarine U-9 sank three British cruisers.

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