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    What happened on September 17 in History

    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    September 17, 1787The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia approves the constitution for the United States of America.
    September 17, 1796President George Washington delivers his “Farewell Address” to Congress before concluding his second term in office.
    September 17, 1862The Battle of Antietam in Maryland, the bloodiest day in U.S. history, commences. Fighting in the corn field, Bloody Lane and Burnside’s Bridge rages all day as the Union and Confederate armies suffer a combined 26,293 casualties.
    September 17, 1868The Battle of Beecher’s Island begins, in which Major George “Sandy” Forsyth and 50 volunteers hold off 500 Sioux and Cheyenne in eastern Colorado.
    September 17, 1902U.S. troops are sent to Panama to keep train lines open over the isthmus as Panamanian nationals struggle for independence from Colombia.
    September 17, 1903Turks destroy the town of Kastoria in Bulgaria, killing 10,000 civilians.
    September 17, 1916Germany’s “Red Baron,” Manfred von Richthofen, wins his first aerial combat.
    September 17, 1917The German Army recaptures the Russian Port of Riga from Russian forces.
    September 17, 1939With the German army already attacking western Poland, the Soviet Union launches an invasion of eastern Poland.
    September 17, 1942British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meets with Soviet Premier Josef Stalin in Moscow as the German Army rams into Stalingrad.
    September 17, 1944British airborne troops parachute into Holland to capture the Arnhem bridge as part of Operation Market-Garden. The plan called for the airborne troops to be relieved by British troops, but they were left stranded and eventually surrendered to the Germans.
    September 17, 1947James Forestall is sworn in as first the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
    September 17, 1957The Thai army seizes power in Bangkok.
    September 17, 1959The X-15 rocket plane makes its first flight.
    September 17, 1962The first federal suit to end public school segregation is filed by the U.S. Justice Department.
    September 17, 1976The Space Shuttle is unveiled to the public.
    September 17, 1978Egypt and Israel sign the Camp David Accords.
    September 17, 1980Nationwide independent trade union Solidarity established in Poland.
    September 17, 1983Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America; relinquished crown early after scandal over nude photos.
    September 17, 2001The New York Stock Exchange reopens for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers; longest period of closure since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
    September 17, 2006Alaska’s Fourpeaked Mountain erupts for the first time in at least 10,000 years.
    September 17, 2011Occupy Wall Street movement calling for greater social and economic equality begins in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, coining the phrase “We are the 99%.”
    Born on September 17
    September 17, 1743Marquis Marie Jean de Condorcet, French mathematician and philosopher, a leading thinker in the Enlightenment.
    September 17, 1879Andrew “Rube” Foster, father of the Negro baseball leagues.
    September 17, 1883William Carlos Williams, poet, playwright, essayist and writer who won a Pulitzer prize for Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems.
    September 17, 1907Warren E. Burger, chief justice of the Supreme Court.
    September 17, 1923Hank Williams, Sr., influential Country singer, songwriter and guitarist (“Lonesome Blues,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart”.)
    September 17, 1935Ken Kesey, author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion).
    September 17, 1947Jeff MacNelly, political cartoonist, creator of the comic strip Shoe.
    September 17, 1948John Ritter, actor, comedian (Three’s Company TV series).
    September 17, 1953Steve Williams, drummer and songwriter with influential Welch heavy metal group Budgie.
    September 17, 1953Altaf Hussain, founder and leader of Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
    September 17, 1968Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece.