This Week in History – Sept. 12th to Sept. 18th

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The Pandora Society Bureau of Time Travel has collected a handful of historical events from each day of this week in the hopes of inspiring some writer to pen the next great Steampunk novel.

September 12th


  • 1846Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning.
  • 1848 – Switzerland becomes a Federal state.
  • 1857 – The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the California Gold Rush.

September 13th

  • 1862American Civil War: Union soldiers find a copy of Robert E. Lee‘s battle plans in a field outside Frederick, Maryland. It is the prelude to the Battle of Antietam.
  • 1898Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.
  • 1899Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.

September 14th


  • 1814 – The poem Defence of Fort McHenry is written by Francis Scott Key. The poem is later used as the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • 1829 – The Ottoman Empire signs the Treaty of Adrianople with Russia, thus ending the Russo-Turkish War.
  • 1901 – U.S. President William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

September 15th

  • 1812 – The French army under Napoleon reaches the Kremlin in Moscow.
  • 1831 – The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.
  • 1835HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands. The ship lands at Chatham or San Cristobal, the easternmost of the archipelago.

September 16th

1929 Cornell Sun-2

  • 1810 – With the Grito de Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo begins Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain.
  • 1863 – Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.
  • 1880The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the nation’s oldest, continuously-independent college daily.

September 17th

  • 1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.
  • 1859Joshua A. Norton declares himself “Norton I, Emperor of the United States.”
  • 1862 – American Civil War: George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American military history.

September 18th

Booker T. Washington 680

  • 1837Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The store is called a “stationery and fancy goods emporium”.
  • 1838 – The Anti-Corn Law League is established by Richard Cobden.
  • 1895Booker T. Washington delivers the “Atlanta compromise” address.


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