Here are some interesting facts and dates about the month September:

There are three birth flowers in the month or September, the forget-me-not, the Aster, and the Morning Glory.  Forget-me-nots represent love and memories; the Morning Glory signifies unrequited love, and the Aster represents love as well.  

Sapphire is the birthstone of the month. 

  • United States and International holidays:
  • Labor Day:  Observed every year on the first Monday in September.
  • Native American Day: Celebrated on the 4th Friday of September.
  • Grandparent's Day: In the United States on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
  • The autumn equinox:  This is the transition from summer into fall, takes place approximately on or around September 22nd.

Here are some significant dates occurring throughout history from September:

  • September 1, 1715: Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, died at the age of 76, after ruling France since the age of five. He was succeeded by Louis XV and Louis XVI, who was executed during the French Revolution in 1789, thus ending the reign of monarchical rule in France.

  • September 1, 1939: In the early morning hours of this day, Hitler invaded Poland, starting World War II in Europe. Der Führer called the move a "defensive" retaliation against the persecution of Germans in Poland.

  • September 2, 1666: The Great Fire of London was started, completely destroying the old city located within the ancient Roman Walls. It was believed to have started in a bakery and took three days to put out.

  • September 5, 1774: The 1st Continental Congress was called to order. Comprised of delegates from all 13 American colonies, it served as the governing body during the American Revolution, from 1774 to 1789. Two years later, on September 9, it changed the name of the United Colonies to the United States.

  • September 5th, 1961: President John F. Kennedy signed a hijacking bill, making air piracy a federal crime. Punishment ranged from a $10,000 fine to 20 years in prison; if a deadly weapon was used, the perpetrator(s) could receive life in prison or even death. 

  • September 8, 1974: President Gerald Ford gave an unconditional pardon to former president Richard M. Nixon, for his role in the infamous "Watergate" fiasco.

  • September 9, 2006: Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, resulting in 750 fatalities and over $1.09 billion in damages.

  • September 11, 2001:  On that Tuesday morning, members of the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners as part of a series of coordinated attacks against targets in the United States. The Twin Towers in New York City were hit by one plane each, American Airlines Flight 11, and Flight 175, while American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, is thought to have been headed for the White House, but passengers overtook the hijackers and the plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania.

More than 3,000 people lost their lives during what the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil to date. Property and infrastructure damage amounted to over $10 billion. The attack is thought to have been ordered by Osama bin Laden, who was finally located and killed in Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six in May 2011. The 9/11 Memorial Museum occupies the sites where the Twin Towers once stood.

  • September 14, 1901: President William McKinley was shot on September 6, 1901, while attending the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in New York. He passed away eight days later. 

  • September 22, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery in the territories by the Confederacy, effective January 1, 1863. Despite the ruling, the Civil War would not end for another year and a half after that.