• On Sept. 11, 1857, Mormon guerrillas, stoked by religious zeal and a deep resentment of decades of public abuse, murder 120 emigrants at Mountain Meadows, Utah. The conflict with the wagon train of emigrants from Missouri and Arkansas apparently began when the Mormons refused to sell the train any supplies.
• On Sept. 10, 1897, 25-year-old London taxi driver George Smith becomes the first person ever arrested for drunk driving after slamming his cab into a building. Smith later pled guilty and was fined 25 shillings.
• On Sept. 6, 1915, a prototype tank nicknamed Little Willie rolls off the assembly line in England. Little Willie was far from an overnight success. It weighed 14 tons, got stuck in trenches and crawled over rough terrain at only 2 mph. However, improvements were made to the original prototype and tanks eventually transformed military battlefields.
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