1. 9/11 ATTACKS
On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Subsequently, the 9/11 Memorial opened on September 11, 2011 as a tribute to all who were lost on that day.
2. Lascaux Cave Paintings Discovered
On September 12, 1940 near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings are discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern. The 17,000-year-old paintings are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.
2. Key Pens Star-Spangled Banner
On September 13 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak and wrote, “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”
4. Soviet Probe Reaches the Moon
On September 14, 1959 a Soviet rocket crashes into the moon’s surface, becoming the first man-made object sent from earth to reach the lunar surface. The event gave the Soviets a short-lived advantage in the “space race” and prompted even greater effort by the United States to develop its own space program.
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