On this day... Posted on 13 September 2014 at 00:34 On this day... September 12 1609 – While sailing aboard the Halve Maen, EnglishmanHenry Hudson began his exploration of the Hudson River, laying the foundation for Dutch colonization of present-dayNew York. 1814 – War of 1812: Although the Maryland Militia lost theBattle of North Point, they delayed the British advance against Baltimore, buying time for the defense of the city. 1910 – Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, one of the largest-scale choralworks in the classical concert repertoire, was first performed in Munich. 1942 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Army began the Battle of Edson's Ridge in an effort to retake Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. 1974 – Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia (pictured) was deposed by the Derg, a military junta.