This Week in History – September 5th to September 11th

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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 5th

  • 1836Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
  • 1839 – The United Kingdom declares war on the Qing dynasty of China.
  • 1862 – James Glaisher, pioneering meteorologist and Henry Tracey Coxwell break world record for altitude whilst collecting data in their balloon.

September 6th

  • 1861American Civil War: Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant bloodlessly capture Paducah, Kentucky, giving the Union control of the Tennessee River‘s mouth.
  • 1870Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807.
  • 1901Leon Czolgosz, an unemployed anarchist, shoots and fatally wounds US President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

September 7th

  • 1876 – In Northfield, Minnesota, Jesse James and the James–Younger Gang attempt to rob the town’s bank but are driven off by armed citizens.
  • 1895 – The first game of what would become known as rugby league football is played, in England, starting the 1895–96 Northern Rugby Football Union season.
  • 1896– The first successful heart surgery was conducted on this day by Ludwig Rehn

September 8th

  • 1860 – The steamship Lady Elgin sinks on Lake Michigan, with the loss of around 300 lives.
  • 1883 – The Northern Pacific Railway (reporting mark NP) was completed in a ceremony at Gold Creek, Montana. Former president Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final “golden spike” in an event attended by rail and political luminaries.
  • 1888 – In Spain, the first travel of Isaac Peral’s submarine, was the first practical submarine ever made.

September 9th

  • 1839John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph.
  • 1886 – The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is finalized.
  • 1892Amalthea, third moon of Jupiter is discovered by Edward Emerson Barnard.

September 10th

  • 1846Elias Howe is granted a patent for the sewing machine.
  • 1858George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora.
  • 1897Lattimer massacre: A sheriff’s posse kills 20 unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania, United States.

September 11th

  • 1826Captain William Morgan, an ex-freemason is arrested in Batavia, New York for debt after declaring that he would publish The Mysteries of Free Masonry, a book against Freemasonry. This sets into motion the events that lead to his mysterious disappearance.
  • 1830Anti-Masonic Party convention; one of the first American political party conventions.
  • 1851Christiana Resistance: Escaped slaves stand against their former owner in armed resistance in Christiana, Pennsylvania, creating a rallying cry for the abolitionist movement.


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