Today in history – 9.7.2018

  • 1857 – Mountain Meadows massacre: Mormon settlers kill most of the members of an emigrant wagon train heading West.
  • 1864 – Civil War: Atlanta is evacuated on orders of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman.
  • 1940 – Nazi Germany launched the London blitz, bombings that Adolf Hitler believed would pave the way for an invasion of Britain. 
  • 1963 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio.
  • 1977 – President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos signed a treaty agreeing to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
  • 2008 – The U.S. government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.