Today in History: September 19

Today in History: September 19

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1356

In a landmark battle of the Hundred Years' War, English Prince Edward defeats the French at Poitiers.

1544

Francis, the king of France, and Charles V of Austria sign a peace treaty in Crespy, France, ending a 20-year war.

1692

Giles Corey is pressed to death for standing mute and refusing to answer charges of witchcraft brought against him. He is the only person in America to have suffered this punishment.

1777

American forces under Gen. Horatio Gates meet British troops led by Gen. John Burgoyne at Saratoga Springs, NY.

1783

The first hot-air balloon is sent aloft in Versailles, France with animal passengers including a sheep, rooster and a duck.

1788

Charles de Barentin becomes lord chancellor of France.

1841

The first railway to span a frontier is completed between Strasbourg and Basel, in Europe.

1863

In Georgia, the two-day Battle of Chickamauga begins as Union troops under George Thomas clash with Confederates under Nathan Bedford Forrest.

1893

New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote.

1900

President Emile Loubet of France pardons Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, twice court-martialed and wrongly convicted of spying for Germany.

1918

American troops of the Allied North Russia Expeditionary Force receive their baptism of fire near the town of Seltso against Soviet forces.

1948

Moscow announces it will withdrawal soldiers from Korea by the end of the year.

1955

Argentina's President Juan Peron is overthrown by rebels.

1957

First underground nuclear test takes place in Nevada.

1970

First Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (originally called the Pilton Festival) is held near Pliton, Somerset, England.

1973

Carl XVI Gustaf invested as King of Sweden, following the death of his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf.

1982

The first documented emoticons, :-) and :-(, posted on Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System by Scott Fahlman.

1985

An earthquake kills thousands in Mexico City.

1985

Parents Music Resource Center formed by Tipper Gore (wife of then-Senator Al Gore) and other political wives lobby for Parental Advisory stickers on music packaging.

1991

German hikers near the Austria-Italy border discover the naturally preserved mummy of a man from about 3,300 BC; Europe's oldest natural human mummy, he is dubbed Otzi the Iceman because his lower half was encased in ice.

2006

Military coup in Bangkok, revokes Thailand's constitution and establishes martial law.