Right Now in This Day in History Class

On this day in 1925, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was seriously injured in a bus accident that altered the course of her life. 

East German balloon escape - September 16, 1979

On this day in 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families escaped from East Germany to West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon.

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing - September 15, 1963

On this day in 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed in an act of terrorism by white supremacists.

Constance Baker Motley born - September 14, 1921

On this day in 1921, Constance Baker Motley, the first Black woman to be named a federal court judge, was born. 

Great fire of Smyrna started - September 13, 1922

On this day in 1922, a fire in Smyrna in Asia Minor -- present-day İzmir, Turkey -- began blazing through the city. 

Haile Selassie deposed - September 12, 1974

Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie was deposed on this day in 1974. 

Hope Diamond was stolen - September 11, 1792

On this day in 1792, the Hope Diamond was stolen.

Abebe Bikila became first Black African Olympic gold medalist - September 10, 1960

On this day in 1960, Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila set a world record for the marathon at the Olympics in Rome. 

Hanapepe Massacre - September 9, 1924

On this day in 1924, a strike organized by Filipino sugar plantation workers turned into a massacre of Filipinos by local police. 

Michelangelo's David unveiled in Florence - September 8, 1504

On this day in 1504, Michelangelo's David was unveiled to the public. 

Last captive thylacine died - September 7, 1936

On this day in 1936, the last thylacine, aka Tasmanian tiger, died at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania. 

Buddy Bolden born - September 6, 1877

On this day, jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden was born in New Orleans. Learn more about Buddy in an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/buddy-bolden-and-the-birth-of-jazz.htm. 

Igor Gouzenko defected to Canada - September 5, 1945

On this day in 1945, Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko defected to Canada. 

Pearl Street Station began generating electricity - September 4, 1882

On this day in 1882, Edison's Pearl Street Station in Manhattan began generating electricity. 

Dagen H - September 3, 1967

This day in 1967 is known in Sweden as Dagen H, or H Day, the day that left-hand traffic in the country switched to right-hand traffic. 

Rock Springs Massacre - September 2, 1885

On this day in 1885, white miners killed Chinese miners and looted and burned their homes in Rock Springs, Wyoming. 

Libyan coup d'état - September 1, 1969

On this day in 1969, the Free Officers Movement overthrew King Idris I, and Muammar Gaddafi assumed power. 

Lee Kuan Yew declared de facto independence - August 31, 1963

On this day in 1963, the prime minister of Singapore declared de facto independence for the country. 

Steamship Moravia cholera epidemic - Aug 30, 1892

On this day in 1892, the steamship Moravia arrived in New York harbor late in the evening. By this point, 22 of the ship's 358 passengers had died from cholera.

Wendell Scott born - August 29, 1921

On this day in history, race car driver Wendell Scott was born in Virginia. Learn more about Scott in a two-part episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class at https://www.missedinhistory.com/tags/wendell-scott.htm.