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This Month In History: September

September 4, 2020

Here is a roundup of historic events that occurred in the month of September!

September 2nd, 1948: A Teacher In Space!

Christa McAuliffe
By NASA – NASA Human Space Flight Gallery (image link), Public Domain,

Christa McAuliffe was born on September 2nd, 1948, and became a high school social studies teacher. Why is she famous? She was selected from almost eleven thousand applicants to be the first teacher in space! She was chosen to be the seventh crew member on the ill-fated Challenger Space shuttle and even planned to teach two lessons while on the shuttle. Alas, the shuttle broke apart shortly after its launch in 1986, killing all crew members, including McAuliffe.

September 2nd, 1993: The First Search Engine Launches!

via W3Catalog

Quick, name a search engine! If you could only come up with Google, that’s fine. But there are many, many other search engines out there. And, believe it or not, there were many search engines that came before Google. (Just ask your parents if they remember Yahoo! and Ask Jeeves!) But before all of these search engines came W3Catalog, a search site that started in Geneva, Switzerland on September 2nd, 1993.

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September 12th, 1913: World Record Holder Jesse Owens Was Born

By Acme News Photos – sourcefrontback, Public Domain

An American legend was born on September 12, 1913. Jesse Owens was perhaps one of the most famous athletes in American track history, winning four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Setting three world records in a span of, wait for it, forty-five minutes in an event called the Big Ten Championships, Owens created a record that remained unbeaten for decades!

September 20, 1973: Battle Of The Sexes

Billie King
By dbking – Billie Jean King, CC BY 2.0

While we know the term means a contest between men and women, it was most famously used to describe a tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King on September 20th, 1973. Male tennis champion Bobby Riggs famously taunted female tennis players as not being good enough, prompting female tennis star Billie Jean King to accept his challenge to a match. The prize of $100,000 and her tennis skills at stake, King won in three sets, putting the claim that women were not good enough at tennis to rest.

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