September 11th in American History

Statue of Liberty with background view of burning World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

What other historic events occurred in United States on September 11? Have any other life changing events happened on the Eleventh of September?

On September 11, 1767, William Petty, the 2nd Earl of Shelburne, a war hero who served in Wolfe’s regiment and in the Battle of Minden, was the Secretary of State for the Southern Department of Great Britain. He proposed that the British Army be removed from Indian lands in the American Northwest and that three new colonies be formed for settlement. This was refused.

September 11, 1776

Admiral Lord Richard Howe met with Ben Franklin, John Adams and Edmund Rutledge on Staten Island to try to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the rebellion. Since he only offers pardons for treason and cannot offer Independence, the talks are unsuccessful.

September 11, 1777

The Continental Army, led by General George Washington is defeated at the Battle of Brandywine Creek. Washington, himself, escapes death when British Colonel Patrick Ferguson refuses to shoot the important looking Continental Officer with a scouting party with his back turned.

September 11, 1786

The Annapolis Convention convenes to try to hammer out some economic reforms among the independent but hardly United States of America. Only five states are represented and no economic business is done. However, what became known as the Constitutional Convention was planned for the following May in 1787.

September 11, 1811

The New Orleans initiates the first steamboat route serving the Mississippi River to the inland of the United States. Its first cruise took four months to get to New Orleans but regular service is begun between Tennessee and Louisiana. A round trip ticket cost $43.

September 11, 1841

Every member of President John Tyler’s cabinet resigned, except Secretary of State, Daniel Webster. They resigned in protest of Presidents Tyler’s veto of the Whig supported Fiscal Bank bill which would have revived the Bank of the United States which Andrew Jackson had abolished.

September 11, 1842

Soldiers from Mexico invade and occupy San Antonio in the Republic of Texas.

September 11, 1897

Twenty coal miners are killed while striking for the newly successful United Mine Workers Union. Deputy Sheriffs in Pennsylvania fired on the workers who were striking for an 8 hour day, semi-monthly pay and the end to Company Stores.

September 11, 1941

President Franklin Roosevelt signs an executive order authorizing US Navy planes to shoot at and sink any Axis ships within the West Longitude 26° Security Zone, also known as the Sea Frontier of the United States.

September 11, 1944

At the Octagonal Conference in Quebec, President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill plan the strategy to overcome the Germans and Japanese in World War II.

September 11, 1959

A law is signed that gives the US Secretary of Agriculture the authority to give “Food Stamps” to people in economically depressed areas to be able to procure surplus food.

September 11, 1972

Arab terrorists, at the Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany kidnap and murder eleven athletes from Israel.

September 11, 1990

President George H. W. Bush addresses congress and declares that Sadam Hussein cannot be allowed to control the oil reserves in Iraq or the rest of the Middle East through intimidation.

September 11, 2001

Two hijacked Airplanes are flown into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York City by Islamic terrorists. Another plane hits the Pentagon in Washington D.C. while a fourth is forced to crash in the Pennsylvania countryside when civilians on board fought to overcome the terrorists hijackers. More than 3000 civilians and rescue workers perish on that day.


  1. The Almanac of American History by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 2004, Barnes & Noble