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13 September: On this day in history

What events happened on 13 September in history? Dominic Sandbrook rounds up the events, births and deaths…

Published: September 13, 2021 at 6:05 am
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13 September 1759

British beat French forces at Plains of Abrahams (Quebec). After leading his men on an extraordinarily daring climb up the cliffs from the St Lawrence River, General James Wolfe deploys his troops against the French defenders on the Plains of Abraham. Wolfe is shot and fatally injured, but the French are routed – and Quebec is secured for the British crown.


13 September 1971

A four-day riot at Attica Prison in New York state came to a violent end after the authorities opened fire, killing 29 inmates and ten hostages. More than 60 inmates were indicted and eight convicted.

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Dominic SandbrookHistorian and presenter

Dominic Sandbrook is historian and presenter, and a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine


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