September 16, 1620:  The Mayflower departs England with 102 passengers and a small crew; arrives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on November 21.

September 17, 1787:  Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia unanimously ratify the U.S. Constitution.

September 19, 1676:  Jamestown, Virginia, attacked and burned in a rebellion led by Nathaniel Bacon against the royal governor.

September 19, 1893:  New Zealand becomes the first country to grant women the right to vote.

September 22, 1776:  During the American Revolution, Nathan Hale is executed without trial by the British for spying on their troops on Long Island.

September 22, 1862:  President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves held by confederates as of January 1, 1863.



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