On This Day in History – September 17 – Almanac
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Today is Saturday, September 17, the 260th day of 2022 with 105 to go.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include Pope Paul V in 1552; the second Chief Justice of the United States, John Rutledge in 1739; J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott Corp. in 1900; former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Warren Burger in 1907; country music pioneer Hank Williams Sr. in 1923; Football Hall of Famer George Blanda 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 (age 92); actor Anne Bancroft in 1931; actor Dorothy Loudon in 1933; Tennis Hall of Famer Maureen Connolly in 1934; author Ken Kesey in 1935; Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda in 1937 (age 85); former United States Supreme Court Justice David Souter in 1939 (83); Phil Jackson, member 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 (72); Elvira, spooky movie hostess, born Cassandra Peterson, in 1951 (age 71); actor/comedian Rita Rudner in 1953 (age 69); director Baz Luhrmann in 1962 (age 60); actor Kyle Chandler in 1965 (age 57); celebrity chef Joe Bastianich in 1968 (age 54); designer/TV host 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 (37 years old); actor Danielle Brooks in 1989 (age 33); actor Mena Massoud in 1991 (31 years old); actor Danny Ramirez in 1992 (age 30); NFL star Patrick Mahomes II in 1995 (27); actor Ella Purnell in 1996 (age 26); actor Marquis Rodriguez in 1996 (age 26); actor Daniel Huttlestone in 1999 (age 23).
On this historical date:
In 1787, the American Constitution, completed in Philadelphia, was signed by a majority of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
In 1862, Union forces under General George McClellan attacked Confederate troops under General Robert E. Lee near Antietam Creek in Maryland. McClellan blocked Lee’s lead over Washington but did not pick up the win.
In 1939, Soviet troops invaded Poland, 16 days after Nazi Germany arrived in the country. Warsaw surrendered to the Nazi armies 20 days later.
In 1972, North Vietnam freed three American pilots, the first American prisoners of war freed by the country since 1969.
In 1976, NASA introduced 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 permanent 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 named Miss America. She quit 11 months later after nude photos were published, but regained stardom as a singer and actress.
In 1991, North Korea, South Korea, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were admitted to the United Nations.
In 1993 Cambodia’s two main 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 September 11 terrorist attacks, was “wanted dead or alive”. Bin Laden was killed in a 2011 US commando raid in Pakistan.
In 2009, unofficial final results of a controversial presidential election in Afghanistan showed incumbent President Hamid Karzai winning 54.6% 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.
Thought for the day: Phil Jackson, who’s coached teams to 11 NBA titles, said, “Go into the game without a set plan and you’ll probably come away surprised at your overall effort.”