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SEPTEMBER 17

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Angola: National Heroes Day
(Observance of the birth date of Angola's first president, Agostinho Neto: 9/17/1922)
Angola U.S. Department of State
1825 L. Q. C. Lamar (Georgia-born Congressman from Mississippi; Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Mississippi Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress U.S. Supreme Court Mississippi Writers Page University of Georgia
1866 Mary Talbert Burnett (Ohio-born African-American Educator; Founding Member and President of the NAACP) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note NAACP African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1869 Christian Lange (Norwegian; 1921 Nobel Laureate for Peace) Norwegian Political and Social Leaders 1921 Nobel Laureate for Peace
1907 Warren Burger (Minnesota-born 15th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court
1922 Antonio Agostinho Neto (Physician, Poet, First President of Angola) Angolan Political and Social Leaders Medical Professions Poetry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1701 James II (King of England) English Political & Social Leaders Kings James II Historic UK
1793 George Handley (English-American Governor of Georgia) English Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
1807 Edward Telfair (Scottish-American Governor of Georgia) Scottish Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
1827 Matthew Talbot (Governor of Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
1858 Dred Scott (Virginia-born African-American Slave Who Sued for His Freedom) Virginia Political & Social Leaders Slavery United States Supreme Court The Law and Legal Resources
1980 Anastasio Somoza (Nicaraguan President: Assassinated While in Exile in Paraguay) Nicaragua Political and Social Leaders Paraguay
1996 Spiro T. Agnew (Governor of Maryland, Vice President of the United States) Spiro T. Agnew President Richard Nixon
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1720 In Pensacola, Florida, the Spanish Surrender Fort Carlos to the French Spain France Pensacola, Florida Forts Florida Historical Society
1778 Iroquois Indians and British Loyalists Burn German Flats (Herkimer), New York Herkimer, New York Mohawk Nation American Revolution History Channel
1787 Members of the Constitutional Convention Sign the Final Draft of the U.S. Constitution Constitutional Convention Writer's Almanac Library of Congress History Channel University of Georgia
1796 George Washington Prepares a Final Draft of His Presidential Farewell Address George Washington's Farewell Address The American Presidency History Channel
1862 Antietam Is Bloodiest Battle in U.S. History: 23,000 Killed, Wounded, Missing Maryland Battle of Antietam Death Writer's Almanac Library of Congress History Channel New York Times Florida Historical Society
The 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Is Mustered into Service Wisconsin Military Figures American Civil War Wisconsin Historical Society
President Lincoln Completes a Second Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation President Lincoln Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Logs
1863 President Lincoln Drafts Order to Suspend Writ of Habeas Corpus for Prisoners Taken by Members of the Military Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Habeas Corpus Lincoln Logs
1868 Cheyenne and Sioux Decimate Frontiersmen in Colorado Attack Colorado Cheyenne Nation Sioux Nation Westward Expansion Death History Channel
1885 Minnesota Civil War Veterans Form a Last Man's Club to Meet Annually Until All Have Died. The Last Meeting Is Held in 1930 Minnesota Military Figures American Civil War American Military Veterans Minnesota Historicla Association
1916 German Air Ace Manfred von Richthofen (the "Red Baron") Shoots Down His First Enemy Plane Manfred von Richthofen Aviation Military History Historic Firsts World War I History Channel
1919 The League of Nations Places German South West Africa (Namibia) under South African Administration Africa Namibia South Africa League of Nations World War I South African History
1939 British Aircraft Carrier HMS Courageous Is Sunk Off the Irish Coast by U-boat U29 Great Britain Nazi Germany World War II Naval Military History Ohio State University
The Soviet Union Invades Poland Soviet Union Poland World War II History Channel
1944 Thousands of Allied Paratroopers Land Behind Enemy Lines in Holland Holland Nazi Germany Aviation Military History World War II BBC
1945 Milwaukee, Wisconsin's MacArthur Square Is Named to Honor General Douglas MacArthur Milwaukee, Wisconsin General Douglas MacArthur World War II Wisconsin Historical Society
1947 James V. Forrestal Is Sworn in as the First U.S. Secretary of Defense U.S. Government Offices & Agencies Historic Firsts New York Times
1949 While Docked in Toronto, Canada, 118 Die in Blaze Aboard the S.S. Noronic Toronto, Canada Naval History Fire Safety Death Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1956 England's Norman Buckley Breaks the World Water Speed Record (79 mph) English Explorers and Pioneers Naval History Historic Firsts BBC
1957 Louis Armstrong Cancels Goodwill Trip to Russia Due to U.S. Racial Unrest Louis Armstrong Soviet Union American Civil Rights African-American History History Channel
1970 Civil War Breaks Out in Jordan Jordan Middle East History War BBC
1972 Hanoi Releases First POWs in Three Years Vietnam War Prisoners of War History Channel
Democratic Presidential Candidate, George McGovern, Campaigns in Huntington, West Virginia Huntington, West Virginia George McGovern The American Presidency Presidential Elections Democratic National Committee West Virginia State Archive
1973 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake and Accompanying Tsunami Displace Thousands in Hokkaido, Japan Japan Earthquake Tsunami USGS
1978 Anwar Sadat and Menachim Begin Sign Camp David Peace Accord Egypt Israel President Jimmy Carter Camp David Peace Accords History Channel
1980 Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Is Assassinated while in Exile in Paraguay Nicaragua Political and Social Leaders Paraguay Death New York Times
1982 Lebanese Christians Avenge Assassination of President=elect by Killing More Than 1,000 Palestinian Refugees in Beirut Lebanon Middle East History Death BBC
1986 The U.S. Senate Confirms William H. Rehnquist as the 16th Chief Justice of the United States U.S. Senate U.S. Supreme Court William H. Rehnquist New York Times
1987 Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Other Religious Leaders Try to Convince the African National Congress to Renounce Violence Desmond Tutu Religious Leaders Apartheid Terrorism South African History
1991 Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia Adopts a Declaration of Independence Macedonia Bates College
2001 Wall Street Trading Resumes for the First Time Since the September 11 Terrorist Attacks Markets and Investments Terrorist Attacks of 9/11 President George W. Bush Terrorism BBC

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