September 17, 2023 at 12:05 a.m.
Today In History
Today In History – September 17
September 17 is the 260th day of the year
September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 105 days remain until the end of the year.
1382 – Louis the Great's daughter, Mary, is crowned "king" of Hungary.
1543 – The first Finnish-language book, the Abckiria by Mikael Agricola, is published in Stockholm.
1631 – Sweden wins a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.
1658 – The Battle of Vilanova is fought between Portugal and Spain during the Portuguese Restoration War.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: The invasion of Canada begins with the Siege of Fort St. Jean.
1778 – The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe.
1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.
1859 – Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States."
1862 – American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.
1908 – The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality.
1914 – Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
1920 – The National Football League is organized as the American Professional Football Association in Canton, Ohio.
1928 – The Okeechobee hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing more than 2,500 people.
1961 – The world's first retractable roof stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1976 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise is unveiled by NASA.
1978 – The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt.
2001 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.
2013 – Grand Theft Auto V earns more than half a billion dollars on its first day of release.
2016 – Two bombs explode in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and Manhattan. Thirty-one people are injured in the Manhattan bombing.
1550 – Paul V, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 1621)
1688 – Maria Luisa of Savoy, queen consort of Spain (d. 1714)
1739 – John Rutledge, American judge and politician, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)
1825 – Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II, American jurist and politician, 16th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1893)
1854 – David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick Motor Company (d. 1929)
1859 – Billy the Kid, American gunman (d. 1881)
1879 – Rube Foster, American baseball player and manager (d. 1930)
1900 – J. Willard Marriott, American businessman, founded the Marriott Corporation (d. 1985)
1907 – Warren E. Burger, American lawyer and judge, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1995)
1916 – Mary Stewart, British author and poet (d. 2014)
1918 – Lea Gottlieb, Hungarian-Israeli fashion designer, founded the Gottex Company (d. 2012)
1923 – Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1953)
1925 – Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (d. 2003)
1926 – Hovie Lister, American minister and pianist (d. 2001)
1928 – Roddy McDowall, English-American actor (d. 1998)
1931 – Anne Bancroft, American actress (d. 2005)
1945 – Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach
1948 – John Ritter, American actor and producer (d. 2003)
1953 – Rita Rudner, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter
1962 – BeBe Winans, American singer-songwriter and producer
1965 – Bryan Singer, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1975 – Jimmie Johnson, American race car driver
1995 – Patrick Mahomes, American football player
1630 – Thomas Lake, English politician, English Secretary of State (b. 1567)
1908 – Thomas Selfridge, American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1882)
1984 – Richard Basehart, American actor and director (b. 1914)
1985 – Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, founded Laura Ashley plc (b. 1925)
1996 – Spiro Agnew, American soldier and politician, 39th Vice President of the United States (b. 1918)
1997 – Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (b. 1913)
2019 – Cokie Roberts, American journalist and bestselling author (b. 1943)
2020 – Robert W. Gore, American engineer and businessman, co-inventor of Gore-Tex (b. 1937)