• On Sept. 5, 1666, firefighters in London begin blowing up homes in an attempt to halt the spread of a great fire, which left 100,000 people homeless. The following week, a royal proclamation mandated that rebuilding of homes be done with brick and stone.
• On Sept. 7, 1813, the United States is first personified as Uncle Sam. Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, N.Y., supplied barrels of beef to the Army with the barrels stamped “U.S.” The soldiers began referring to the food as Uncle Sam’s.
• On Sept. 6, 1847, writer Henry David Thoreau moves in with Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord, Mass., after living for two years in a shack he built himself on Walden Pond. During his time at Walden, Thoreau spent a brief time in jail for refusing to pay taxes to support the war with Mexico.
• On Sept. 4, 1886, Geronimo becomes the last American Indian warrior to formally surrender to the United States. After several years of imprisonment, Geronimo was given his freedom, and he moved to Oklahoma where he became a successful farmer and occasionally worked as a scout and adviser for the U.S. Army.
• On Sept. 8, 1935, 19-yearold Frank Sinatra sings with a group called The Hoboken Four on the radio talent show “Major Bowe’s Amateur Hour.” The appearance led to many small nightclub performances, thus beginning a long career.
• On Sept. 3, 1966, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” airs its last episode after more than a decade on television. The popular sitcom focused on the comic antics of the real-life family of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, including son Ricky, who later became a rock musician.
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