On This Day In History

Our "On This Day in History" section of the website is designed to provide teachers with video resources to help students better understand significant events throughout U.S. history.

Each event features several short video clips that help set the stage by providing context through archival footage and witness testimony (where available), utilizing C-SPAN's unique access to historical newsreels, vignettes, oral history, and expert analysis.

As one of the most recent additions to our site, this area will continue to develop each month. If you or your students have suggestions for key moments in history that are not currently represented, please email us at educate@c-span.org.

  • Document ImageSeptember 17, 1862

    The Battle at Antietam

    This Civil War battle on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest day of fighting in American history with over…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageSeptember 17, 1787

    Constitution Day

    On September 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document they had created.…

    5 Video Clips
  • Document ImageSeptember 19, 1796

    George Washington's Farewell Address

    On September 19, 1796, U.S. President George Washington publishes his "Farewell Address" and retires to Mount…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageSeptember 21, 1780

    Benedict Arnold

    When the Revolutionary War began, Benedict Arnold joined the Continental Army and served under George…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageSeptember 24, 1957

    Little Rock Nine

    The Little Rock Nine were the first black students who attempted to integrate the then all white Little Rock…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageSeptember 25, 1981

    Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Sworn In

    On September 25th, 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in to the Supreme Court and became the first woman to…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageSeptember 29, 2008

    2008 Financial Crisis

    On September 29, 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 770 points, the most in any single day. This…

    9 Video Clips