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September 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on September 18

September 18th is celebrated as Cheeseburger Day and Respect Day.

Today marks day 261 of the year, and we have 104 days left of the year.

From construction and transportation, to films and celebrities, this day in history has been an interesting one to say the least. Here we’re going to look at some important events that all happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1793, President George Washington marked the location for the Capitol Building in Washington DC? He would then return periodically to oversee construction himself.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about September 18th in history!

What Happened On September 18 In History?

2014

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson received a standing ovation for her gender inequality speech at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, US.

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1990

Liechtenstein became the 160th member of the United Nations.

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1984

Colonel Joseph William Kittinger II completed the first-ever trans-Atlantic crossing in a helium balloon.

OTD in 1984: Colonel Joseph William Kittinger II completed the first-ever trans-Atlantic crossing in a helium balloon.
His feat is still the longest distance traveled by balloon today as he covered 3,543.7 miles.
1977

The US spacecraft, Voyager, took the first-ever photograph of the moon and Earth together from space.

1951

The award-winning drama movie “A Streetcar Named Desire” was released in the US.

The movie was based on playwright Tennessee Williams's 1947 play of the same name. Both were highly regarded and award-winning, so in 1958, 20th Century Fox showcased a reissue of the film, which grossed $700,000.
1945

Segregation led many students to walk out of Froebel High School, Gary, Indiana.

The high school would later become the first in the city to accept black students.
1851

The New York Times published their first issue.

OTD in 1851: The New York Times published their first issue.
1809

The second Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in London, opened.

On this day, there were two performances, Shakespeare's Macbeth and a musical called The Quaker.
1793

President George Washington marked the location for the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

1502

During his fourth and final voyage, Christopher Columbus arrived in Costa Rica.

1454

The Teutonic Knights defeated the Polish army in the Battle of Chojnice.

OTD in 1454: The Teutonic Knights defeated the Polish army in the Battle of Chojnice.
The battle happened in the early years of the "Thirteen Years' War."
96

Roman Emperor Domitian was assassinated on this day, and Marcus Cocceius Nerva became the new Emperor.

Did you know that on this day, September 18th 1793, President George Washington marked the location for the Capitol Building in Washington DC?