September 01: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On September 1, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s 244th day is September 1. On this day, the Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Petrograd, Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea was published for the first time, and the United States’ Air Force Space Command was established.

Virgo is the zodiac sign for September 1st. Zendaya, Chanel West Coast, and Gloria Estefan all have famous birthdays. American Chess Day and College Colors Day are both celebrated on September 1.


Happy Birthday! (September 01, 1957)
Gloria Estefan, Cuban-American singer-songwriter and actress. photo source:


(September 01, 1972)
The American Bobby Fischer becomes the world chess champion in Reykjavík, Iceland, after defeating Russian Boris Spassky. photo source:

(September 01, 1979)
The first spacecraft to visit Saturn was the American probe Pioneer 11, which passed the planet at a distance of 21,000 kilometres (13,000 mi). photo source:

(September 01, 1985)
The wreck of the Titanic was discovered on the ocean floor at a depth of around 13,000 feet during a search headed by American oceanographer Robert Ballard (4,000 metres).

(September 01, 2004)
In North Ossetia, Russia, Chechen militants took over a school in Beslan, and a siege that ended two days later resulted in the deaths of over 330 persons (excluding 31 terrorists), most of them were children. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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