September Factoids


September 1-30

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September 2, 1864: During the American Civil War, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman captured Atlanta, Georgia; as part of his "March to the Sea" campaign. Gen. Sherman sent a telegraph to President Abraham Lincoln, stating "Atlanta is ours, and fairly won." (SCETV Series And Specials)

September 2, 1945: President Harry Truman declared September 2 as "Victory Over Japan" (or, V-J) Day. This date commemorates the official Japanese surrender to the Allies, on board the U.S.S. Missouri. South Carolinian veterans remember the end of the war, and the relief of finally being able to return home. (South Carolinians In WW II)


On September 6, 1911 Wilbur Stevenson Smith was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1990. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)


On September 7, 1918 John Eldred Swearingen was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1988. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)


Sept. 8 - International Literacy Day – Visit our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection


Sept. 11 – Remembering Our Heroes – in memory of the Americans who were killed in September 11 attacks. 


September 15 - October 15 – Explore Our Hispanic Heritage 

A day to celebrate Independence for Latin America, it is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. View our Hispanic Heritage collection to learn more about Hispanic customs and cultures.

International Day of Democracy - According to the U.N.,"The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of and support by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. The values of freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy.  In turn, democracy provides the natural environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights."


Sept. 17 Constitution Day – Visit our Constitution Day Collection 


International Day of Peace – Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.


World Rhino Day – This special day provides the opportunity for cause-related organizations, NGOs, zoos, and members of the public to celebrate rhinos in their own unique ways.

The Black Rhinoceros is featured in these lessons at the intermediate level in French, German, Japanese and Spanish:

The black rhinos are located throughout eastern and southern Africa and from northeastern Sudan to as far west as northeastern Nigeria. This rhino is actually gray in color, and it weighs about 2,500 pounds and stands between 5 and 6 feet tall at the shoulder. These animals are usually found resting in muddy water during the hottest part of the day because they have no sweat glands. Unfortunately, this animal is becoming scarce because of the poaching for its horn.


International Day of Sign Languages – The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.

Designed to teach sign language to teachers and parents of deaf children, this innovative series can also teach signing to classroom students. Through animation, real-life segments, and direct instruction by the series’ hosts, students can learn the fundamentals of this language in order to communicate with friends and classmates who use signing as their primary means of communication. (From our Streamline collection)

On September 23, 1980, Jesse Jackson, who is an important national African American leader, spoke at a "Re-elect President Carter" rally on the State House steps. (History Of South Carolina Slide Collection)


September 25, 1789: The first U.S. Congress proposed twelve amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The ten of these twelve amendments became known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is just as relevant today, as it was over two hundred years ago. (Forgotten Founder, and 27:Fifty)


World Tourism Day – On the 27th of September every year, the world celebrates the World Tourism Day. The reason for World Tourism Day is to cultivate and create awareness among the society globally on the significance of tourism, and it’s social, political, financial and also cultural worth and value.

These Series take you to destinations all over South Carolina and beyond!


On September 30, 1921 James Alfred Chapman was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1987. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)



These factoids were compiled by Imani-Grace King, 2017 ETV Endowment Intern (Digital Media/Knowitall)
Updated by Andrew Davis, Production Coordinator (Digital Media/Knowitall)


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