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Friday 15 September 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which German-American Steuben Parade can fall, while September 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Saturday in September. (United States, especially New York City)
  • Earliest day on which POW/MIA Recognition Day can fall, while September 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Friday in September. (United States)
  • The beginning of German American Heritage Month, celebrated until October 15
  • The beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated until October 15 (United States)

Events

  • 2001 – President George W. Bush gives his first post September 11th weekly address.
  • 1981 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1978 – Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times at the Superdome in New Orleans.
  • 1971 – The first Greenpeace ship sets sail to protest against nuclear testing on Amchitka Island.
  • 1968 – The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.
  • 1963 – 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed in the bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.
  • 1959 – Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.
  • 1950 – Korean War: United States forces land at Inchon
  • 1944 – Battle of Peleliu begins as the United States Marine Corps' 1st Marine Division and the United States Army's 81st Infantry Division hit White and Orange beaches under heavy fire from Japanese infantry and artillery.
  • 1916 – World War I: Tanks are used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme.
  • 1894 – First Sino-Japanese War: Japan defeats Qing dynasty China in the Battle of Pyongyang.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Confederate forces capture Harpers Ferry, Virginia (present-day Harpers Ferry, West Virginia)
  • 1851 – Saint Joseph's University is founded in Philadelphia.
  • 1830 – The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opens; British MP William Huskisson becomes the first widely reported railway passenger fatality when he is struck and killed by the locomotive Rocket.
  • 1794 – French Revolutionary Wars: Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) sees his first combat at the Battle of Boxtel during the Flanders Campaign.
  • 1789 – The United States "Department of Foreign Affairs", established by law in July, is renamed the Department of State and given a variety of domestic duties.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: British forces land at Kip's Bay during the New York Campaign.
  • 1616 – The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy.

Births

  • 1987 – Rhett Titus, American wrestler
  • 1986 – George Watsky, American hip-hop artist, poet and author
  • 1986 – Jenna Marbles, American YouTuber and comedian
  • 1984 – Cyhi the Prynce, American rapper and producer
  • 1983 – Luke Hochevar, American baseball player
  • 1980 – David Diehl, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1980 – Mike Dunleavy Jr., American basketball player
  • 1979 – Dave Annable, American actor
  • 1978 – Zach Filkins, American guitarist
  • 1977 – Jason Terry, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Leander Jordan, American football player
  • 1976 – Matt Thornton, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Tom Dolan, American swimmer
  • 1972 – Lady Victoria, American wrestler
  • 1971 – Josh Charles, American actor and director
  • 1969 – Allen Shellenberger, American drummer (d. 2009)
  • 1969 – Corby Davidson, American radio personality
  • 1967 – Paul Abbott, American baseball player and coach
  • 1966 – Sherman Douglas, American basketball player
  • 1964 – Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1963 – Pete Myers, American basketball player and coach
  • 1961 – Dan Marino, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1960 – Ed Solomon, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Mark Kirk, American commander, lawyer, and politician
  • 1958 – Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1956 – Ned Rothenberg, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer
  • 1955 – Bruce Reitherman, American voice actor, singer, cinematographer, and producer
  • 1955 – Renzo Rosso, Italian fashion designer and businessman, co-founded Diesel Clothing
  • 1954 – Adrian Adonis, American wrestler (d. 1988)
  • 1952 – Kelly Keagy, American singer and drummer
  • 1951 – Pete Carroll, American football player and coach
  • 1949 – Joe Barton, American lawyer and politician
  • 1947 – Diane E. Levin, American educator and author
  • 1947 – Theodore Long, American wrestling referee and manager
  • 1946 – Howard Waldrop, American author and critic
  • 1946 – Oliver Stone, American director, screenwriter, and producer
  • 1946 – Tommy Lee Jones, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1945 – Jessye Norman, American soprano
  • 1945 – Ron Shelton, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1942 – Lee Dorman, American bass player (d. 2012)
  • 1941 – Signe Toly Anderson, American rock singer (d. 2016)
  • 1940 – Merlin Olsen, American football player, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2010)
  • 1938 – Gaylord Perry, American baseball player and coach
  • 1937 – King Curtis Iaukea, American wrestler (d. 2010)
  • 1937 – Robert Lucas Jr., American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1934 – Tomie dePaola, American author and illustrator
  • 1932 – Neil Bartlett, English-American chemist and academic (d. 2008)
  • 1929 – Dick Latessa, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1929 – Murray Gell-Mann, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1929 – Wilbur Snyder, American football player and wrestler (d. 1991)
  • 1928 – Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1975)
  • 1927 – Norm Crosby, American comedian and actor
  • 1924 – Bobby Short, American singer and pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1922 – Jackie Cooper, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1921 – Gene Roland, American pianist and composer (d. 1982)
  • 1919 – Nelson Gidding, American author and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1918 – Alfred D. Chandler Jr., American historian and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1918 – Nipsey Russell, American comedian and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1916 – Frederick C. Weyand, American general (d. 2010)
  • 1915 – Al Casey, American guitarist and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1915 – Albert Whitlock, English-American special effects designer (d. 1999)
  • 1915 – Fawn M. Brodie, American historian and author (d. 1981)
  • 1914 – Creighton Abrams, American general (d. 1974)
  • 1914 – Robert McCloskey, American author and illustrator (d. 2003)
  • 1913 – Henry Brant, Canadian-American composer and conductor (d. 2008)
  • 1913 – John N. Mitchell, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 67th United States Attorney General (d. 1988)
  • 1911 – Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-American businessman, founded PING (d. 2000)
  • 1911 – Luther Terry, American physician and academic, 9th Surgeon General of the United States (d. 1985)
  • 1909 – Phil Arnold, American actor (d. 1968)
  • 1908 – Kid Sheik, American trumpet player (d. 1996)
  • 1908 – Penny Singleton, American actress and singer (d. 2003)
  • 1907 – Fay Wray, Canadian-American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1906 – Walter E. Rollins, American songwriter (d. 1973)
  • 1904 – Sheilah Graham Westbrook, English-American actress, journalist, and author (d. 1988)
  • 1903 – Roy Acuff, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 1992)
  • 1901 – Donald Bailey, English engineer, designed Bailey bridge (d. 1985)
  • 1897 – Merle Curti, American historian and author (d. 1997)
  • 1894 – Chic Harley, American football player (d. 1974)
  • 1889 – Claude McKay, Jamaican-American poet and author (d. 1948)
  • 1889 – Robert Benchley, American humorist, newspaper columnist, and actor (d. 1945)
  • 1881 – Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French businessman, founded Bugatti (d. 1947)
  • 1877 – Yente Serdatzky, Lithuanian-American author and playwright (d. 1962)
  • 1876 – Bruno Walter, German-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1962)
  • 1863 – Horatio Parker, American organist, composer, and educator (d. 1919)
  • 1857 – Anna Winlock, American astronomer and academic (d. 1904)
  • 1857 – William Howard Taft, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 27th President of the United States (d. 1930)
  • 1852 – Edward Bouchet, American physicist and educator (d. 1918)
  • 1852 – Jan Ernst Matzeliger, Surinamese-American inventor (d. 1889)
  • 1846 – George Franklin Grant, African-American educator, dentist, and inventor (d. 1910)
  • 1789 – James Fenimore Cooper, American novelist, short story writer, and historian (d. 1851)

Deaths

  • 2014 – Eugene I. Gordon, American physicist and engineer (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – John Anderson Jr., American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Kansas (b. 1917)
  • 2013 – Gerard Cafesjian, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Jerry G. Bishop, American radio and television host (b. 1936)
  • 2011 – Frances Bay, Canadian-American actress (b. 1919)
  • 2007 – Brett Somers, Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Pablo Santos, Mexican-American actor (b. 1987)
  • 2005 – Sidney Luft, American manager and producer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2003 – Garner Ted Armstrong, American evangelist and author (b. 1930)
  • 1997 – Bulldog Brower, American wrestler (b. 1933)
  • 1991 – John Hoyt, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1989 – Jan DeGaetani, American soprano (b. 1933)
  • 1989 – Olga Erteszek, Polish-American fashion designer (b. 1916)
  • 1989 – Robert Penn Warren, American novelist, poet, and literary critic (b. 1905)
  • 1985 – Cootie Williams, American trumpet player (b. 1910)
  • 1980 – Bill Evans, American pianist and composer (b. 1929)
  • 1978 – Willy Messerschmitt, German engineer and academic, designed the Messerschmitt Bf 109 (b. 1898)
  • 1965 – Steve Brown, American bassist (b. 1890)
  • 1945 – Linnie Marsh Wolfe, American librarian and author (b. 1881)
  • 1940 – William B. Bankhead, American lawyer and politician, 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1874)
  • 1938 – Thomas Wolfe, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1930 – Milton Sills, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1882)
  • 1859 – Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English architect and engineer, designed the Great Western Railway (b. 1806)
  • 1842 – Francisco Morazán, Guatemalan general, lawyer, and politician, President of Central American Federation (b. 1792)
  • 1794 – Abraham Clark, American police officer and politician (b. 1725)
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