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509 BC - The temple of Jupiter on Rome's Capitolone Hill is deidcated on the ides of September.
81 AD - Titus, Roman Emperor, member of the Flavian dynasty, and renown military commander, dies at the age of 41.
122 - Construction begins on Hadrian's Wall in Great Britain. It is built as a fortified border and gates that would serve as customs posts to allow trade and levy taxation.
335 - Emperor Constantine the Great, consecrated the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
1501 - Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.
1541 - After three years of exile, John Calvin returns to Geneva, beginning 23 years of Calvinist rule of Switzerland.
1788 - The Philadelphia Convention sets the date for the first presidential election in the United States, and New York City becomes the country's temporary capital.
1851 - Walter Reed, U.S. Army physician who in 1900 led the team and confirmed yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito, is born. He has been honored by the naming of many hospitals and medical centers in his name.
1857 - Milton S. Hershey is born. He is the American confectioner, philanthropist, and founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company.
1860 - John J. Pershing, General in the American Expeditionary Forces during the First World War, is born.
1862 - Union soldiers find a copy of Robert E. Lee's battle plans in a field outside Frederick, Maryland. It is the prelude to the Battle of Antietam.
1881 - Ambrose Burnside, Union Army general in the American Civil War, and known for his famous facial hair and the term sideburns derived from his name. He passes away at the age of 57.
1898 - Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.
1899 - Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.
1906 - First flight of a fixed-wing aircraft in Europe.
1940 - German bombs damage Buckingham Palace.
1943 - Chiang Kai-shek is elected the President of the Republic of China.
1948 - Margaret Chase Smith is elected senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
1956 - IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305.
1994 - Ulysses probe passes the Sun's south pole.
2005 - A glitch in the MMORPG World of Warcraft results in a plague affecting thousands of players.