This Week in History 9/13-9/20
This week in history includes significant births, significant deaths, and significant events. On September 12th, 1909, the first ever synthetic rubber patent was acquired. This is highly significant, without this event we wouldn’t have the same tires, shoe soles, or other important goods made of rubber. On September 12th, 1958, the Supreme Court orders all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate. With current events, this is a day that will certainly be celebrated.
On September 13th, 1996, Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in his vehicle. This loss was felt across the nation as his music resonated with people of all communities. Tupac was at the peak of his career, and his killer has never been found or identified. On September 16th, 1920, a bomb explodes on Wall Street, New York, killing 38 people. The perpetrator of the crime was never found and there are numerous theories surrounding who he might be.
On September 17th, 1862, the single bloodiest day of the Civil War occurred. Within the span of 12 hours, around 25% of the Union troops and 31% of Confederate troops were wounded, captured, or killed. On September 18th, 1971, Jada Pinkett Smith was born. Pinkett would interestingly go on to date a man named Tupac Shakur in the future. On the same day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix passed away in the United Kingdom. It is suspected he died of an overdose; he was 27 years old.
However significant, the history of this week is certainly a dark one.