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This month in history

• German troops invaded Poland, starting World War II in Europe on September 1, 1939.
• U.S. Department of the Treasury established on September 2, 1789.
• Transcontinental television service began with a telecast of the Japanese peace conference on September 4, 1951.
• U.S. President William McKinley shot by an assassin on September 6, 1901.
Swaziland received full independence on September 6, 1968.
Blitz of London in World War II began on September 7, 1940.
California became the 31st U.S. state on September 9, 1850.
Oliver Hazard Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 on September 10 during the War of 1812.
Chile's military leaders overthrew elected government of Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973.
Terrorists crashed jetliners into the World Trade Center in New York City and into the Pentagon Building near Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001.
• Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia overthrown after 44 years as that country's rule on September 12, 1974.
• Japanese forces invaded Manchuria, 1931.
• Edward, the "Black Prince" of England, won the Battle of Poitiers in the Hundred Years' War on September 18, 1356.
• U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.
• Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet neptune on September 23, 1846.
• Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa sighted the Pacific Ocean, 1513.
Germany, Italy, and Japan signed a mutual military aid pact on September 27, 1940.
William the Conqueror landed in England on September 28, 1066.
• Bechuanaland Protectorate gained independence as the Republic of Botswana on September 30, 1966.

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