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1979Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season

1953Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

1849Harriet Tubman 1st escapes slavery in Maryland with two of her brothers

1947Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News

1980"Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

1984Reggie Jackson is 13th to hit 500 HRs

1916World War I: Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.

1961Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

1964Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR

1995Patty Sheehan wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic

2001Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks

1989Beth Daniel wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic

193852nd US Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-0 6-3)

2012Swedish forensic scientists find no conclusive evidence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's DNA in a torn condom

1961Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC

1156Emperor Frederick Barbarossa issues the 'Privilegium Minus' decree, which elevated Austria to a duchy.

1978Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament

1957Two male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico

1938British premier Neville Chamberlain leaves Munich

2000Dan Marino's #13 jersey is retired by the Miami Dolphins

1976Ringo Starr releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" album

1944British Premier Winston Churchill travels to US

1927Charles Lindbergh visits San Francisco

1859James Donnelly is sentenced to hang for murdering Patrick Farrell, but a petition for clemency reduces his sentence to 7 years in Kingston Penitentiary

2004Barry Bonds hits his 700th career home run

1954Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1941Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4

1984Brian Mulroney sworn in as Canada's 18th PM succeeding John Turner

September 17th Historical Events
Date Event
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Church of Holy Sepulchre initiated in Jerusalem 
642
Arabs conquer Alexandria, library destroyed 
1156
Emperor Frederick Barbarossa issues the 'Privilegium Minus' decree, which elevated Austria to a duchy. 
1176
At the Battle of Myriokephalon the Byzantines fail to recover Anatolia from Turkish rule. 
1394
Jews are expelled from France by order of King Charles VI 
1462
The Battle of Świecino (or Battle of Żarnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years' War. 
1562
Council of Trente takes ecclesiastical canon 
1584
Gent surrenders to Duke of Parma 
1595
Pope Clemens VIII recognizes Henri IV as king of France 
1598
Netherland sailors discover Mauritius 
1630
The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded. 
1631
Battle of Breitenfeld: King Gustaaf Adolf of Sweden defeats Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly. 
1644
French troops occupy Mainz 
1678
France & Spain sign Treaties of Nijmegen 
1683
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek reports existence of bacteria 
1691
Massachusetts Bay Colony granted new charter 
1730
Turkish coup under Mahmud I; Sultan Ahmed III flees 
1737
Georg-August University opens in Göttingen 
1745
Edinburgh occupied by Jacobites under Charles Edward Stuart (aka the Young Pretender or Bonny Prince Charlie) 
1776
The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain. 
1778
1st treaty between the US & Indian tribes signed (Fort Pitt) 
1787
Prussian troops conquer Gorinchem 
1787
US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention 
1789
William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn 
1809
Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War. The territory to become Finland is ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn. 
1819
First whaling ship arrives in Hawaii 
1835
Charles Darwins lands on Chatham Galapagos-archipelago 
1849
Harriet Tubman 1st escapes slavery in Maryland with two of her brothers 
1850
Great fire in San Francisco 
1859
Joshua Abraham Norton, born in England but a resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America. Eccentric possibly, but 30,000 turned up for his funeral. 
1859
James Donnelly is sentenced to hang for murdering Patrick Farrell, but a petition for clemency reduces his sentence to 7 years in Kingston Penitentiary 
1861
First class for escaped slaves taught by Mary Peake at Fortress Monroe Virginia (now Hampton University). 
1862
Battle of Antietam, bloodiest day in Civil War (Sharpsburg Md), 23,110 die 
1862
Battle of Cumberland Gap, TN-evacuted by Federals 
1862
Battle of Mumfordville, KY-US Col J Wilder surrenders city 
1862
American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war; 78 workers killed. 
1863
Pope Pius IX encyclical On persecution in New Grenada 
1864
Grant approves Sheridan's plan for Shenandoah Valley Campaign 
1871
Mont Cenis railway tunnel Switzerland opens 
1872
Phillip W Pratt patents his sprinkler system for extinguishing fires 
1873
19 students attend opening class at Ohio State University 
1876
Race riots in SC 
1897
3rd US Golf Open: Joe Lloyd shoots a 162 at Chicago GC in Wheaton Ill 
1899
1st British troops leave Bombay for South Africa 
1900
Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed 
1900
Philippine-American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham at Mabitac. 
1900
USA, Anthracite coal miners go out on strike for better wages until the October 25, by which time the owners are persuaded that their stand is harming President McKinley's campaign 
1901
Battle of Blood River Port: Boer Gen Botha beats Major Gough's cavalry 
1901
Battle at Elands River Port: Boer Gen Smuts destroys unit 17th Lancers 
1902
US protests anti-semitism in Romania 
1903
Boston Pilgrims clinch AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14-3 
1906
Playing as "Sullivan," Columbia University jr Eddie Collins debuts with A's 
1908
Thomas Selfridge becomes first fatality of powered flight 
1909
Denis Peyrony and Louis Capitan discover the skull of an adult male Neanderthal (La Ferrassie 1) during excavations in a rock shelter near La Ferrassie, France 
1911
1st transcontinental airplane flight, NY-Pasadena in 82 hrs 4 min 
1911
25th US Women's Tennis: Hazel H Wightman beats F Sutton (8-10 6-1 9-7) 
1912
Center fielder Casey Stengel breaks in with Brooklyn & hits 4 singles 
1914
Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time. 
1916
40,000 Amsterdam demonstrators demand general voting right 
1916
World War I: Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France. 
1920
Cards set a record of 12 consecutive hits in 4th (10) & 5th (2) innings 
1920
National Football League organizes in Canton Ohio 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Prof Football Association 
1922
Bicyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world sprint champ 
1922
Radio Moscow begins transmitting (12 KWs-most powerful station) 
1923
Sutton Vane's "Outward Bound," premieres in London 
1924
Italy signs treaty of Rapallo 
1926
Hurricane hits Miami & Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die 
1927
47th US Men's Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats William T Tilden (11-9 6-3 11-9) 
1927
Charles Lindbergh visits San Francisco 
1928
48th US Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet beats F T Hunter (4-6 6-4 3-6 7-5 6-3) 
1928
Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500 
1928
Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning 
1929
British troops begin withdrawal from occupied Germany 
1931
1st LP record demonstrated (RCA Victor, NYC), venture failed 
1931
Operetta "Victoria & Her Husband," premieres in London 
1931
Red Sox Earl Webb sets record with 65 en route to 67 doubles 
1934
RCA Victor re leases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording (Beethoven's 5th) 
1934
USSR joins League of Nations (Netherland, Switz & Portugal vote no) 
1935
Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina chosen 2nd President of Philippines 
1937
1st NFL game in Washington, DC; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3 
1938
52nd US Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-0 6-3) 
1938
58th US Mens Tennis: J Donald Budge beats C Gene Mako (6-3 6-8 6-2 6-1) 
1938
British premier Neville Chamberlain leaves Munich 
1938
Don Budge wins US Tennis open & completes Grand Slam 
1939
German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die 
1939
Poland's president Moscicki & PM Slawoj-Skladkowski flee to Romania 
1939
Russia invades Eastern Poland, takes 217,000 Poles prisoner 
1939
Soviet Union invades Poland during WW II 
1939
Taisto Mäki becomes the first man to run the 10,000 metres in under 30 minutes, in a time of 29:52.6 
1940
Nazis deprive Jews of possessions 
1941
Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4 
1941
World War II: A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, is issued 
1941
The New Zealand Labour Party abolish the death penalty (It is reintroduced by the National government in 1950 before being finally removed from the statute book in 1961) 
1943
Load of "ammunition in transit" explodes at Norfolk Naval Air Station 
1943
Red Army recaptures Brjansk 
1943
World War II: The Russian city of Bryansk is liberated from Nazis. 
1944
British Premier Winston Churchill travels to US 
1944
Dutch begin railroad strike against German occupiers 
1944
Operation Market Garden: British airborne division lands Arnhem Neth 
1946
"Gypsy Lady," opens at Century Theater NYC for 79 performances 
1946
"If the Shoe Fits," opens at Century Theater NYC for 20 performances 
1947
Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News 
1947
James Forrestal sworn in as 1st US secretary of defense 
1947
US Department of Defense forms 
1948
KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA (IND) begins 
1948
WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1949
128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto 
1949
8th Ryder Cup: US beats Europe, 7-5 at Ganton GC, England 
1949
North Atlantic Treaty Council meets for 1st time 
1949
WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1950
San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17 
1951
"Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 90 performances 
1951
Romanian bishop A Pacha of Timisoara sentenced to 18 years 
1952
"I am an American Day" & "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day" 
1953
1st successful separation of Siamese (conjoined) twins 
1953
Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player 
1954
Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title 
1955
"Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 176 perfs 
1955
Future Hall of Famer Oriole Brooks Robinson goes 2-4 in his 1st game 
1956
Black students enter Clay Ky elementary school 
1956
Yanks clinch pennant #22 on Mantle's 50th homer of year 
1956
Television is first broadcast in Australia. 
1957
KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1957
Scott Crossfield takes X-15 up for 1st powered flight 
1957
Thailand military coup under marshal Sarit Thanarat 
1957
Two male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico 
1957
The North East Humanists group is founded in Newcastle upon Tyne. 
1958
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1959
59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus 
1959
Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit 
1959
Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea 
1960
"Vintage '60" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 perfs 
1960
Cuba nationalizes US banks 
1961
Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13) 
1961
Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC 
1961
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1961
Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game 
1962
Justice Dept files 1st suit to end segregation in public schools 
1962
US space officials announce selection of 9 new astronauts 
1963
"Fugitive" premieres on ABC TV 
1963
Train struck makeshift bus full of migrant workers, killing 32 
1964
"Bewitched" premieres on ABC TV 
1964
Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas) 
1964
Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR 
1964
Supremes release "Baby Love" 
1965
WPHL TV channel 17 in Philadelphia, PA (IND) begins broadcasting 
1966
Cleve pitchers set AL record striking out 19 batters in 1st 9 innings 
1967
"Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV 
1967
Mount Washington cog railway train derails, kills 8 (NH) 
1967
New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13 
1967
Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Shirley Englehorn Golf Invitational 
1968
Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 
1968
Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of Moon 
1970
Jordan launches offensive against guerrilla army 
1970
WSWP TV channel 9 in Grandview, WV (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1972
"M*A*S*H," premieres on NBC TV 
1972
BART begins passenger service in SF 
1972
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Quality First Golf Classic 
1972
Tanzania troops march in to Uganda 
1974
Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup 
1975
Rollout of 1st space shuttle orbiter Enterprise (OV-101) 
1976
Amnesty International receives Erasmus-prize 
1976
NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, Calif 
1976
Ringo Starr releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" album 
1977
22nd Ryder Cup: US, 12½-13½ at Royal Lytham & St Annes England 
1977
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
1977
Dave Kingman hits his 1st Yankee homer, Reggie hits 2 more 
1977
Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" is #1 for 19th straight week 
1978
30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win 
1978
Begin, Sadat & Carter sign Camp David accord 
1978
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament 
1978
Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept 1978, 7-3 
1979
Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72") 
1979
Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season 
1980
"Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres 
1980
Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria 
1980
South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death 
1980
Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22 
1980
Iraq breaks 1975 treaty with Iran and proclaims sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway 
1981
Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season 
1982
NJ Devils 1st exhibition game, beating Caps 3-1 in Hershey Pa 
1983
Chicago White Sox clinch their 1st-ever AL West championship 
1983
Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black 
1984
Brian Mulroney sworn in as Canada's 18th PM succeeding John Turner 
1984
Dwight Gooden ties record of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games 
1984
Reggie Jackson is 13th to hit 500 HRs 
1984
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
1985
Soyuz T-14 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station 
1986
Bomb attack in Paris, 6 killed 
1986
Marina Stepanova of USSR sets 400m hurdle woman's record (52.94) 
1986
Mets clinch NL East Championship 
1986
US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice 
1987
Phila celebrates 200th anniversary of Constitution 
1988
24th Olympic games open at Seoul, Korea 
1988
Jeff Reardon becomes 1st to record 40 or more saves in both AL & NL 
1988
Military coup in Haiti: Lt Gen Avril takes control, Henri Namphy flees 
1989
-21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston SC 
1989
41st Emmy Awards: LA Law, Cheers, Dana Delany & Candice Bergen win 
1989
Beth Daniel wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic 
1989
Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation 
1989
Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62 
1989
NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to US (from NZ) 
1990
Newspaper Guild votes 242-35 to keep NY Post publishing 
1990
Soviet Union & Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic ties 
1991
4,355 turn out to see Expos play NY Mets at Shea Stadium 
1991
UN admits Estonia, Latvia, Lithuiania, North & South Korea, Marshall Islands & Micronesia 
1991
The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet. 
1992
Amsterdam stock exchange hits record Ÿ8.8 billion 
1992
House votes 280 to 128 to give FCC control of cable TV rates 
1992
NFL decides to suspend World League Football 
1993
Last Russian troops leave Poland. 
1994
Andy Waller out handled the ball for Mashonaland CD v Mash U24 
1994
Heather Whitestone, 21, (Ala), crowned 68th Miss America 1995 
1995
"Love! Valor! Compassion!" closes at Walter Kerr NYC after 276 perfs 
1995
Patty Sheehan wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic 
1996
Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colo Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field 
1997
Dr Sam Sheppard's body (Fugitive) is exhumed for DNA test 
2000
Dan Marino's #13 jersey is retired by the Miami Dolphins 
2001
Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks 
2001
Major trading markets in the United States, including the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), reopen for the first time since September 11 
2004
Tamil is declared the first classical language in India. 
2004
Barry Bonds hits his 700th career home run 
2007
AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announces plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York, New York. 
2008
The IAU named another dwarf planet, Haumea 
2010
The 54 year run of the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast. 
2011
Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City. 
2012
Panasonic suspends operations at its three factories in China 
2012
China dispatches 1,000 fishing boats to Senkaku Islands 
2012
13 people are killed in a bus accident in Jubail, Saudi Arabia 
2012
Swedish forensic scientists find no conclusive evidence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's DNA in a torn condom 
2012
United States and Japanese government officials agree to put a second missile defence system in Japan 
2013
6 people are killed after a train and double-decker bus collide in Ottawa, Canada 
2014
Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First Party wins the first Fijian elections since his coup in 2006 
2016
Spotlight on Syria as world leaders gather at United Nations 
2016
Russia says US refuses to share Syria truce deal with UN council 
2016
Mobileye says it warned Tesla against enabling 'hands-free' driving 
2016
Donald Trump admits President Obama was born in US 
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