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Spaghetti House siege - September 28, 1975

On this day in 1975, an attempt to rob the Spaghetti House restaurant in London turned into a nearly week-long siege.

Bud Powell born - September 27, 1924

On this day in 1924, pioneering jazz pianist Bud Powell was born. 

Winsor McCay born - September 26, year unknown

Pioneering cartoonist and animator was born on this day sometime in the mid-1800s, though the exact year is unknown. If you want to learn more about McCay, listen to the two-part episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class on him here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/tags/winsor-mccay.htm

Peter Jackson won Australian Heavyweight Boxing Championship - September 25, 1886

On this day in 1886, Peter "Black Prince" Jackson won the Australian Heavyweight Boxing Championship, becoming the first Black man to win a national boxing crown. 

Túpac Amaru executed - September 24, 1572

The last indigenous ruler of the Inca, Túpac Amaru, was executed by the Spanish on this day in 1572.

Nintendo founded - September 23, 1889

On this day in 1889, Nintendo was founded in Japan as a playing card company.

Junko Tabei born - September 22, 1939

On this day in 1939, Junko Tabei, a Japanese mountaineer and the first woman to summit Mount Everest, was born. 

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial - September 21, 1897

On this day in 1897, the now-famous editorial answering Virginia O'Hanlon's question about whether Santa Claus exists was printed in the New York Sun. 

First Canne Film Festival - September 20, 1946

The first ever Canne Film Festival began in Canne, France

First fully contained underground nuclear test - September 19, 1957

The first fully contained underground detonation took place at a research center in Nevada.

First chiropractic adjustment - September 18, 1895

On this day in 1895, Daniel David Palmer performed what's considered the first chiropractic adjustment. 

Frida Kahlo's bus accident - September 17, 1925

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.