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Today In History - September 17

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From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1789 William Herschel discovers Mimas, a satellite of Saturn; in 1862 the bloodiest day in the American Civil War as 23,110 die at the Battle of Antietam; and in 1989 Hurricane Hugo began its four day sweep through the Caribbean.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1787 - US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
  • 1789 - William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn
  • 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.
  • 1862 - Battle of Antietam, bloodiest day in the American Civil War (Sharpsburg Md), 23,110 die
  • 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
  • 1947 - Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News
  • 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
  • 1963 - "Fugitive" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1964 - "Bewitched" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1965 - CBS premiere of WWII sitcom "Hogan's Heroes"
  • 1967 - "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1972 - "M*A*S*H," premieres on NBC TV
  • 1977 - Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" is #1 for 19th straight week
  • 1989 - Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62




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Famous Birthdays

  • 1739 - John Rutledge, 2nd (appointed) Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)
  • 1923 - Hank Williams, country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin')
  • 1928 - Roddy McDowall, actor (Planet of Apes, Lord Love a Duck), born in London, England
  • 1931 - Anne Bancroft, actress (Graduate, Miracle Worker), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1945 - Phil Jackson, Deer Lodge Montana, American basketball player and coach (Knicks/Bulls/Lakers)
  • 1948 - John Ritter, Burbank California, actor (Jack-3's Company, Hearts Afire)

Famous Weddings

  • 1918 - Abbott and Costello's Bud Abbott (22) weds Betty Smith
  • 1937 - Economist John Kenneth Galbraith (29) weds author Catherine Atwater (24) at the Reformed Church of North Hempstead in New York
  • 1942 - Ice hockey player Maurice Richard (20) weds Lucille Norchet (17)
  • 1954 - Film and theater actress Shirley MacLaine (20) weds Steve Parker in New York City
  • 1957 - Italian actress Sophia Loren (22) weds Carlo Ponti
  • 1965 - Tennis star Billie Jean King (21) weds attorney Larry King (20) in Long Beach, California
  • 1973 - "The Osmonds" lead singer and bassist Merrill Osmond (20) weds Mary Carlson
  • 1994 - "L.A. Law" actor Blair Underwood (30) weds freelance talent coordinator Desiree DaCosta (29) at his outdoor Southern California
  • 1994 - "Stone Temple Pilots" lead singer Scott Weiland 26) weds Janina Castenada
  • 2005 - Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (47) weds Bill Powers in Montauk, New York
  • 2005 - Country music singer Terri Clark (37) weds her tour manager Greg Kaczor at a resort on Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada
  • 2011 - Actor and film producer David Clayton Rogers (34) weds actress Sally Pressman (31) at Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1858 - Dred Scott, US ex-slave who sought to sue for his freedom, dies of tuberculosis at 62 or 63
  • 1956 - Mildred E "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, (Olympic-gold-1932), dies at 42
  • 1996 - Spiro Theodore Agnew, US VP (1969-73), dies at 77
  • 1997 - Red Skelton, comedian (Red Skelton Show), dies at 84
  • 2006 - Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite (b. 1924)
  • 2014 - George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77

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