September 01

This Day in History


Germany Invades Poland

Covered by the fearsome Luftwaffe that bombed Polish cities beyond recognition, 58 German divisions cross the border into Poland on September 1, 1939. The Polish army fought bravely to defend the … (more...)


World’s First Science Fiction Film Released

A Trip to the Moon, considered one of the first science fiction films, was released in France on this day in 1902. The brainchild of French film pioneer Georges Méliès, the silent black-and-white film … (more...)


Europe’s Longest Reigning Monarch Dies

On this day in 1715, King Louis XIV died in Versailles, ending the reign of what is universally regarded as one of Europe's greatest monarchs. The Sun King, as he was known, was born to Louis XIII and … (more...)