1797 - USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) Launched in Boston
The launching ceremony was held on September 20, 1797, however the weight caused the ship to sink in the ground. It took a couple more tries and rebuilding the ways before the Constitution finally slid into Boston Harbor on October 21, 1797. The USS Constitution, a 44-gun frigate, was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States. It won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is, without doubt, the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy. It has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. How did the USS Constitution get her nickname, Old Ironsides?
1881 - Chester A. Arthur becomes 3rd president to serve in one year
On September 20, 1881, Chester A. Arthur was inaugurated becoming the third president to serve in one year. Rutherford B. Hayes finished up his term in 1881 and James A. Garfield took over in March. James A. Garfield was shot on July 2 and died of his wounds on September 19, 1881. Vice President Chester Arthur then took over as president making him the 3rd president to serve that year.
- Chester Arthur Printables
- Chester A. Arthur Biography by Martin Kelly, About.com Guide to American History
1519 - Ferdinand Magellan sets sail for first voyage around the world
Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain, Ferdinand Magellan commanded an expedition that was the first to circumnavigate the world. (1480-1521)
National Punch Day
September 20th is National Punch Day. This is my favorite punch recipe. It is simple to make, looks very pretty and tastes great!