This Day in History: Spetember 10th - September 16th

Fri, 2017/09/08
Joshua Ferm

Monday, September 10, 1973

Early in the morning, two bombs exploded at the King’s Cross and Euston tube stations. Fifty minutes apart, the explosions injured around thirteen people, but no one was killed. Scotland Yard immediately began searching for the teenage suspect.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

One of the most tragic dates in American history as two planes hit the World Trade Centers in New York City, one plane hit the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and another plane crashed in Pennsylvania. President Bush addressed the nation that night and called the attacks, “evil, despicable acts of terror,” and said that America and its allies would, “stand together to win the war against terrorism.”

Monday, September 12, 2005

After twenty-five years, England finally reclaimed “the Ashes” trophy from Australia after a long cricket game. The queen and prime minister gave speeches, and a victory parade was held the following day.

Saturday, September 13, 1980

Twenty-four days after escaping the film crews, Hercules the Bear was finally recaptured after running away from the set of a Kleenex commercial. Hercules was shot with a tranquilizer and soon given an antidote. He then proceeded to eat 120 pints of milk and multiple dozens of eggs.

Monday, September 14, 1981

Marcus Sarjeant was found guilty of treason and jailed for five years after an attempted assassination on the queen. He was said to have been inspired by the murders of John Lennon and John F. Kennedy. His gun was found to be filled with blanks, but personal notes proved he had intended to actually harm the queen.

Sunday, September 15, 1985

After twenty-eight years, Europe’s golf team (under leadership of Tony Jacklin) finally beat the United States. The score was 16.5 to 11.5, and was the closest game since 1957. Jacklin called the tension considerable and was overjoyed by his team’s winning.

Monday, September 16, 1940

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. This required men between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-six to register with their local draft boards. When the United States entered World War II, the maximum drafting age was raised to sixty-five.