This week in history

August 31, 1997 – Princess of Wales, Diana, dies in a car crash

Diana, the former wife of Charles, the heir apparent to the British Crown, was fatally injured when the driver of her car lost control while speeding away from paparazzi, and crashed in a road tunnel in Paris, France.

September 1, 1985 – The wreck of the sunk ship Titanic is found in the North Atlantic Ocean

A French-American expedition group found the wreck, which sunk on 14 April 1912 on her first voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City, U.S.

September 2, 1666 – A fire ravishes the city of London

Also known as the Great Fire of London, the fire broke out in a bakery and raged for 4 days destroying the houses of most inhabitants of the city.

September 3, 1752 – Day skipped in the British Empire

The British Empire skipped 11 days starting September 3 when it adopted the Gregorian calendar.

September 4, 1998 – Google is founded

The internet company, now synonymous with the act of finding information on the world wide web was created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It started as a research project when Page and Brin were doctoral students at Stanford University.

September 5, 1957 – On the Road is Hits the bookshelves for the first time

The iconic book was written by American author Jack Kerouac and was based on his and his friends’ travels across America.

September 6, 1870 – A Woman casts her vote in the U.S. for the first time

Louisa Ann Swain voted during state elections in the state of Wyoming. Although women weren’t extended the right to vote in the U.S. until 1920, the governor of Wyoming, John A. Campbell, had signed a bill that gave women the right to vote on December 13, 1869.