18 September: On this day in history

What events happened on 18 September in history? Dominic Sandbrook rounds up the events, births and deaths…

On this day_Numbers18

18 September AD 96

The Roman emperor Domitian is stabbed

Advertisement

18 September 1714

Following the death of his second cousin, Queen Anne, the 54-year-old elector of Hanover lands in Great Britain for his coronation as George I


18 September 1931

The Mukden Incident, a staged explosion on the Japanese-owned South Manchurian railway, gave the Japanese military the opportunity to blame Chinese dissidents and the excuse to invade and occupy Manchuria.

Advertisement

18 September 1942

Convoy ON-131 set sail for New York from Liverpool, as the Battle of the Atlantic raged. All 70 merchant vessels and escorts safely reached New York with the exception of American Liberty ship John Winthrop which straggled and was sunk on 24 September by U-619 under the command of Kurt Makowski. All 52 crew were lost. Two days later U-619, which was on its first active patrol, torpedoed and sank the Yorktown, a British steamer, but was itself sunk with all hands on 5 October by depth charges dropped from a British Hudson aircraft.

Browse more On this day in history

Screenshot 2021-09-09 at 17.22.22