September 25, 1957
Under escort from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, nine black students enter all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
September 30, 1955
While driving his Porsche 550 Spyder (nicknamed Little Bastard), movie star James Dean dies at age 24 in a car crash on a California highway.
October 1, 1890
An act of Congress creates Yosemite National Park, home of such natural wonders as Half Dome and the giant sequoia trees.