On This Day in History – September 17 – Almanac
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Today is Saturday September 17th, the 260th day of 2022, 105 to come.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. These include Pope Paul V in 1552; the second Chief Justice of the United States, John Rutledge in 1739; Marriott Corp. founder, J. Willard Marriott in 1900; former Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court Warren Burger in 1907; Country music pioneer Hank Williams Sr. in 1923; George Blanda, inductee of the Football Hall of Fame in 1927; Actor Roddy McDowall in 1928; racing driver Stirling Moss in 1929; Actor David Huddleston in 1930; Astronaut Edgar Mitchell in 1930; Astronaut Thomas Stafford in 1930 (aged 92); Actor Anne Bancroft in 1931; actor Dorothy Loudon in 1933; Maureen Connolly, inductee of the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1934; Author Ken Kesey in 1935; Orlando Cepeda, inductee of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937 (age 85); former US Supreme Court Justice David Souter in 1939 (age 83); Phil Jackson, inductee of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1945 (age 77); cartoonist Jeff MacNelly in 1947; actor John Ritter in 1948; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 1950 (age 72); creepy film hostess Elvira, née Cassandra Peterson, 1951 (age 71); Actor/comedian Rita Rudner 1953 (aged 69); Director Baz Luhrmann in 1962 (aged 60); Actor Kyle Chandler in 1965 (age 57); celebrity chef Joe Bastianich in 1968 (age 54); Designer/TV presenter Nate Berkus in 1971 (age 51); Actor/comedian Bobby Lee in 1971 (age 51); stage actor Nick Cordero in 1978; Hockey player Alex Ovechkin in 1985 (age 37); Actor Danielle Brooks in 1989 (age 33); Actor Mena Massoud in 1991 (age 31); Actor Danny Ramirez in 1992 (age 30); NFL star Patrick Mahomes II in 1995 (age 27); Actor Ella Purnell in 1996 (aged 26); Actor Marquis Rodriguez in 1996 (age 26); Actor Daniel Huttlestone in 1999 (aged 23).
On this date in history:
In 1787, the US Constitution, completed in Philadelphia, was signed by a majority of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
In 1862, Union troops led by General George McClellan attacked Confederate troops led by General Robert E. Lee near Antietam Creek, Maryland. McClellan blocked Lee’s advance on Washington but missed victory.
In 1939, Soviet troops invaded Poland, 16 days after Nazi Germany entered the country. 20 days later, Warsaw surrendered to the Nazi armies.
In 1972, North Vietnam released three American pilots, the first US POWs the country had released since 1969.
In 1976, NASA demonstrated its first space shuttle, the Enterprise, an airplane-like spacecraft that cost nearly $10 billion and took nearly a decade to develop.
In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords, laying the groundwork for a lasting peace agreement between Egypt and Israel after three decades of hostilities.
In 1983, Vanessa Williams of New York became the first African American to be crowned Miss America. She resigned 11 months later after nude photos were released, but regained fame as a singer and actress.
In 1991 North Korea, South Korea, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were admitted to the United Nations.
In 1993, Cambodia’s two leading political parties agreed that Prince Norodom Sihanouk would lead the nation. Sihanouk was installed as king a week later.
In 2001, US President George W. Bush declared that Osama bin Laden, the suspected ringleader of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was “wanted dead or alive.” Bin Laden was killed in a US commando raid in Pakistan in 2011.
In 2009, final unofficial results of a disputed presidential election in Afghanistan showed incumbent Hamid Karzai receiving 54.6 percent of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff.
In 2019, Indonesia’s parliament voted to revise the country’s marriage law to raise the age at which women can marry from 16 to 19.
A thought for the day: Phil Jackson, who coached teams to 11 NBA titles, said, “Approach the game with no set goals and you’ll probably be surprised by your overall accomplishments.”