Friday, September 15, 2017

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 15


On this day in 1440, one of the earliest known serial killers, Gilles de Rais, is taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by the Bishop of Nantes. Was this one time ally of Joan of Arc really guilty of murdering hundreds of children, as so many claimed? Some still wonder .

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On this day in 1835, the HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands. The ship lands at Chatham or San Cristobal, the easternmost of the archipelago.

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On this day in 1916, during World War I, tanks are used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme.

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On this day in 1935, Nazi Germany adopts a new national flag with the swastika.

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On this day in 1959Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.

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On this day in 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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On this day in 1966, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to Charles Whitman's sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

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On this day in 1981, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

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On this day in 2008, Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

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