September 09

This Day in History

2001

Lion of Panjshir, Ahmed Shah Massoud Assassinated

On this day in 2001, Ahmed Shah Massoud, Afghanistan's most revered military leader, was assassinated. Known as the Lion of Panjshir, Massoud played a critical role in expelling the Soviets from … (more...)

1976

Chairman Mao Dies

Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and statesman, dies at the age of 83. In 1934, during his long civil war with the Nationalists, he broke through enemy lines and led his followers on the Long March … (more...)

1947

First Actual Computer Bug Discovered

On this day in 1947, the world’s first actual computer bug was discovered. It was an autumn afternoon in September when an ill-fated moth flew inside a giant navy computer at Harvard University … (more...)