September 10, 1608: English adventurer John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown, Virginia–the first permanent English settlement in North America.
September 11, 2001: In a series of coordinated terror attacks, al-Qaeda militants hijacked four American passenger airplanes and flew two of them straight into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Another was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and one crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Overall, 2,996 people were killed.
September 13, 1993: Israeli-Palestinian peace accord is signed.
September 15, 1776: British forces occupy New York during the Revolutionary War.
September 16, 1620: The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England, bound for Virginia.
September 17, 1787: U.S. Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
September 17, 1978: Camp David Accords are signed between Egypt and Israel.