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Sunday 17 September 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Constitution Day, observed on the previous Friday if it falls on a Saturday, the following Monday if on a Sunday; and the beginning of the Constitution Week (United States)

Events

  • 2006 – Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the long-dormant volcano in at least 10,000 years.
  • 1991 – The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
  • 1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.
  • 1976 – The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.
  • 1961 – The world's first retractable roof stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 1961 –The Minnesota Vikings play and win their first regular season National Football League game.
  • 1954 – The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is first published.
  • 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.
  • 1908 – The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality.
  • 1900 – Philippine–American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham Jr. at Mabitac.
  • 1894 – Battle of the Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American military history.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.
  • 1859 – Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States."
  • 1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.
  • 1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
  • 1778 – The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians).
  • 1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: The Invasion of Canada begins with the Siege of Fort St. Jean.
  • 1683 – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek writes a letter to the Royal Society describing "animalcules": the first known description of protozoa.
  • 1630 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.

Births

  • 1997 – Auston Matthews, American ice hockey player
  • 1989 – Kate Deines, American soccer player
  • 1985 – Jon Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1984 – Mary DeScenza, American swimmer
  • 1982 – Hope Larson, American illustrator
  • 1981 – Casey Janssen, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Dan Haren, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • 1979 – Flo Rida, American rapper
  • 1978 – Sheeri Cabral, American computer scientist and blogger
  • 1977 – Sam Esmail, American screenwriter
  • 1975 – Jade Esteban Estrada, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1975 – Jimmie Johnson, American race car driver
  • 1975 – Pumpkinhead, American rapper (d. 2015)
  • 1974 – Mirah, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1974 – Rasheed Wallace, American basketball player and coach
  • 1972 – Bobby Lee, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Nate Berkus, American interior designer and television host
  • 1971 – Steve Kerrigan, American businessman and politician
  • 1970 – Mark Brunell, American football player and coach
  • 1969 – Paul Varelans, American MMA fighter and wrestler
  • 1968 – Cheryl Strayed, American author
  • 1967 – Michael Carbajal, American boxer
  • 1966 – Doug E. Fresh, American rapper and producer
  • 1965 – Bryan Singer, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Guy Picciotto, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1965 – Kyle Chandler, American actor
  • 1963 – James Urbaniak, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Masahiro Chono, American-Japanese wrestler and manager
  • 1962 – BeBe Winans, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1962 – Dustin Nguyen, Vietnamese-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Jim Cornette, American wrestling manager and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Ty Tabor, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (King's X)
  • 1960 – Alan Krueger, American economist and academic
  • 1960 – John Franco, American baseball player
  • 1958 – Tom Waddell, Scottish-American baseball player
  • 1957 – Steve Bryles, American businessman and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1956 – Thad Bosley, American baseball player and coach
  • 1955 – Charles Martinet, American actor
  • 1955 – Scott Simpson, American golfer
  • 1954 – Bill Irwin, American wrestler
  • 1953 – Rita Rudner, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter
  • 1952 – Harold Solomon, American tennis player and coach
  • 1951 – Cassandra Peterson, American actress, television host, and producer
  • 1950 – Fee Waybill, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1948 – John Ritter, American actor and producer (d. 2003)
  • 1948 – Raphy Leavitt, Puerto Rican-American accordion player and composer (d. 2015)
  • 1947 – Gail Carson Levine, American author
  • 1947 – Jeff MacNelly, American cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • 1945 – Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach
  • 1944 – Jean Taylor, American mathematician and academic
  • 1942 – Lupe Ontiveros, American actress (d. 2012)
  • 1942 – Robert Graysmith, American author and illustrator
  • 1941 – Bob Matsui, American lawyer and politician (d. 2005)
  • 1939 – Carl Dennis, American poet and educator
  • 1939 – David Souter, American lawyer and jurist
  • 1939 – Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter and voice actress
  • 1938 – Bobby Wine, American baseball player and coach
  • 1938 – Paul Benedict, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1938 – Perry Robinson, American clarinet player and composer
  • 1937 – Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
  • 1936 – Gerald Guralnik, American physicist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Michael Hennagin, American composer and educator (d. 1993)
  • 1935 – Ken Kesey, American novelist, essayist, and poet (d. 2001)
  • 1934 – Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (d. 1969)
  • 1933 – Bulldog Brower, American wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1933 – Chuck Grassley, American lawyer and politician
  • 1933 – Claude Provost, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 1984)
  • 1932 – Robert B. Parker, American author and academic (d. 2010)
  • 1931 – Anne Bancroft, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1930 – David Huddleston, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1930 – Edgar Mitchell, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2016)
  • 1930 – Jim Rohn, American philosopher and author (d. 2009)
  • 1930 – Thomas P. Stafford, American general, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1929 – Sil Austin, American saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1928 – Park Honan, American author and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Roddy McDowall, English-American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1927 – George Blanda, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1926 – Bill Black, American bass player and bandleader (d. 1965)
  • 1926 – Curtis Harrington, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1926 – Hovie Lister, American minister and pianist (d. 2001)
  • 1926 – Jack McDuff, American singer and organist (d. 2001)
  • 1925 – Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (d. 2003)
  • 1923 – Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1953)
  • 1923 – Ralph Sharon, English-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2015)
  • 1918 – Lea Gottlieb, Hungarian-Israeli fashion designer, founded the Gottex Company (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – Ib Melchior, Danish-American author and screenwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1909 – Elizabeth Enright, American author and illustrator (d. 1968)
  • 1908 – Rafael Israelyan, Armenian architect and educator, designed the Sardarapat Memorial and St. Vartan Cathedral (d. 1973)
  • 1907 – Warren E. Burger, American lawyer and judge, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1995)
  • 1906 – Edgar Wayburn, American physician and environmentalist (d. 2010)
  • 1900 – Hughie Critz, American baseball player (d. 1980)
  • 1900 – J. Willard Marriott, American businessman, founded the Marriott Corporation (d. 1985)
  • 1897 – Earl Webb, American baseball player and coach (d. 1965)
  • 1884 – Charles Griffes, American pianist and composer (d. 1920)
  • 1883 – William Carlos Williams, American poet, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1963)
  • 1879 – Rube Foster, American baseball player and manager (d. 1930)
  • 1859 – Billy the Kid, American gunman (d. 1881)
  • 1859 – I. L. Patterson, American politician, 18th Governor of Oregon (d. 1929)
  • 1854 – David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick Motor Company (d. 1929)
  • 1825 – Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II, American jurist and politician, 16th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1893)
  • 1773 – Jonathan Alder, American captain and farmer (d. 1849)
  • 1739 – John Rutledge, American judge and politician, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)
  • 1730 – Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian-American general (d. 1794)
  • 1677 – Stephen Hales, English physiologist and chemist, invented Forceps (d. 1761)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Milo Hamilton, American sportscaster (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – George Hamilton IV, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1937)
  • 2013 – Larry Lake, American-Canadian trumpet player and composer (b. 1943)
  • 2013 – Marvin Rainwater, American singer-songwriter (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Russell E. Train, American soldier and civil servant (b. 1920)
  • 2011 – Colin Madigan, Australian architect and author, designed the National Gallery of Australia (b. 1921)
  • 2009 – Dick Durock, American stuntman and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – Alfred Reed, American composer and educator (b. 1921)
  • 1998 – Ted Binion, American poker player and businessman (b. 1943)
  • 1997 – Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (b. 1913)
  • 1996 – Spiro Agnew, American soldier and politician, 39th Vice President of the United States (b. 1918)
  • 1995 – Isadore Epstein, Estonian-American astronomer and academic (b. 1919)
  • 1994 – John Delafose, American accordion player (b. 1939)
  • 1994 – Vitas Gerulaitis, American tennis player and coach (b. 1954)
  • 1993 – Christian Nyby, American director and producer (b. 1913)
  • 1993 – Willie Mosconi, American pool player and actor (b. 1913)
  • 1992 – Roger Wagner, American conductor and educator (b. 1914)
  • 1985 – Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, founded Laura Ashley plc (b. 1925)
  • 1984 – Richard Basehart, American actor and director (b. 1914)
  • 1983 – Humberto Sousa Medeiros, Portuguese-American cardinal (b. 1915)
  • 1975 – Nicola Moscona, Greek-American singer-songwriter (b. 1907)
  • 1973 – Hugo Winterhalter, American bandleader and composer (b. 1909)
  • 1972 – Akim Tamiroff, American actor (b. 1899)
  • 1953 – David Munson, American runner (b. 1884)
  • 1951 – Jimmy Yancey, American pianist and composer (b. 1898)
  • 1948 – Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1887)
  • 1925 – Carl Eytel, German-American painter and illustrator (b. 1862)
  • 1911 – Edmonia Lewis, American sculptor (b. 1844)
  • 1908 – Thomas Selfridge, American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1882)
  • 1899 – Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American businessman, co-founded the Pillsbury Company (b. 1842)
  • 1868 – Roman Nose, Native American warrior (b. circa 1823)
  • 1858 – Dred Scott, American slave (b. 1795)
  • 1808 – Benjamin Bourne, American judge and politician (b. 1755)
  • 1574 – Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Spanish admiral and explorer, founded St. Augustine, Florida (b. 1519)
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