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September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). There are 105 days remaining.
1176 - Battle of Myriokephalon 1394 - King Charles VI of France orders all Jews expelled from France 1462 - Battle of Swiecin, called also Battle of Zarnowiec, during Thirteen Years' War 1630 - City of Boston, Massachusetts founded 1776 - Presidio of San Francisco founded 1787 - The text of the was agreed in United States Constitution Philadelphia 1809 - Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War. The territory to become Finland is ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn. 1859 - Joshua A. Norton declares himself Emperor Norton I of the United States 1862 - George McClellan halted the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate army at Antietam (See Battle of Antietam) 1894 - Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War. 1900 - Philippine-American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham at Mabitac. 1908 - Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge crashes a Wright Brothers airplane and becomes the first airplane fatality 1920 - National Football League organized in Canton, Ohio 1939 - The Soviet Union joined Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defence War of 1939 1944 - British troops parachute into Arnhem, as a part of Operation Market Garden 1947 - James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the 1st Secretary of Defense of United States 1948 - Lehi (also know as the Stern gang) assassinates Count Folke Bernadotte, who was appointed by the UN to mediate between the Arabs and Jews 1951 - Robert A. Lovett was sworn in as the 4th Secretary of Defense of United States 1976 - The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was unveiled by NASA 1978 - The Israel and Egypt 1983 - Vanessa Williams becomes first African American Miss America 1984 - Brian Mulroney sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada 1988 - Opening ceremony of the Games of the XXIV Olympiad in Seoul, South Korea 1991 - Lithuania, North Korea and South Korea joined the United Nations. 2001 - The Late Show with David Letterman is the first TV talk show to return to the airwaves six days after terrorists attack the United States in New York City and Washington D.C. 2001 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average opens for the first time after the September 11 attacks. The stocks plummet throughout the trading session and posts its biggest point drop in its history closing down 684.81 points to 8920.70. 2004 - Tamil is declared first classical language in India. 2004 - Barry Bonds reaches an elite number of 700 homeruns in Major League Baseball.
Births 879 - King Charles III of France (d. 929) 1271 - Poland (d. 1305) 1550 - Pope Paul V (d. 1621) 1743 - Marquis de Condorcet, mathematician, philosopher, and political scientist (d. 1794) 1819 - Thomas Hendricks, former Vice President of the United States (d. 1885) 1857 - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, rocket scientist, inventor (d. 1935) 1874 - Ben Turpin, actor, comedian (d. 1940) 1879 - Rube Foster, Negro League baseball star (some sources say 1878) (d. 1930) 1883 - William Carlos Williams, physician and writer (d. 1963) 1890 - Gabriel Heatter, journalist (d. 1972) 1892 - Katharine S. White, gardener, fiction editor of the , wife of New Yorker E. B. White 1900 - John Willard Marriott, hotelier (d. 1985) 1907 - Warren Burger, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1995) 1918 - Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (d. 1997) 1922 - Agostinho Neto, Angolan politician (d. 1979) 1923 - Hank Williams, musician (d. 1953) 1927 - George Blanda, National Football League and American Football League star 1928 - Roddy McDowall, actor (d. 1998) 1929 - Sir Stirling Moss, Formula One racer 1930 - Edgar Mitchell, astronaut 1931 - Anne Bancroft, actress 1934 - Maureen Connolly, tennis star (d. 1969) 1935 - Ken Kesey, author (d. 2001) 1937 - Orlando Cepeda, Baseball Hall of Famer 1939 - David Souter, US Supreme Court Associate Justice 1942 - Des Lynam, Television Presenter 1944 - Reinhold Messner, mountain climber 1947 - Tessa Jowell, British politician 1947 - Jeff MacNelly, Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist 1948 - John Ritter, actor (d. 2003) 1950 - Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat 1951 - Cassandra Peterson ( Elvira), actress 1956 - Rita Rudner, comedienne 1960 - Damon Hill, 1996 Formula 1 World Champion 1962 - Baz Luhrmann, film director and producer 1969 - Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player 1973 - Anastacia, singer 1974 - Rasheed Wallace, NBA basketball player 1975 - Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR race car driver 1983 - Jennifer Peņa, Mexican-American (Tejano) singer
Deaths 1771 - Tobias Smollett, Scottish novelist (b. 1721) 1808 - Benjamin Bourne, politician (b. 1755) 1836 - Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, botanist (b. 1748) 1863 - Alfred de Vigny, author 1873 - Alexander Berry, Scotish adventurer, founder of Berry, Australia 1908 - Lt. Thomas Selfridge, first to die in an airplane crash. Orville Wright was the pilot. 1938 - Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (b. 1901) 1966 - Fritz Wunderlich, tenor 1972 - Akim Tamiroff, actor 1973 - Hugo Winterhalter, band leader 1980 - Anastasio Somoza Debayle, former president of Nicaragua 1984 - Richard Basehart, actor 1991 - Zino Francescatti, French violinist (b. 1902) 1993 - Christian Nyby, film and television director 1996 - Spiro Agnew, former Vice President of the United States 1997 - Red Skelton, actor, comedian
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On September 17, 1787, members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution.
In an effort to deal with problems of interstate commerce, a convention in Annapolis was held in September 1786.Â Led by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, the delegates at the Annapolis Convention issued a proposal for a new convention to revise the Articles of Confederation.
At dawn on September 17, 1862 the hills of Sharpsburg thundered with artillery and musket fire as the Northern and Southern armies struggled for possession of the Miller farm cornfield.
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