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Wednesday 20 September 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 2011 – The United States military ends its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.
  • 2001 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "War on Terror".
  • 1971 – Having weakened after making landfall in Nicaragua the previous day, Hurricane Irene regains enough strength to be renamed Hurricane Olivia, making it the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific.
  • 1962 – James Meredith, an African American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi.
  • 1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held, having been delayed seven years due to World War II.
  • 1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile.
  • 1871 – Bishop John Coleridge Patteson is martyred on the island of Nukapu, a Polynesian outlier island now in the Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands. He is the first bishop of Melanesia.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The conclusion of the Battle of Chickamauga in northwestern Georgia, the bloodiest two-day battle of the conflict, and the only significant Confederate victory in the war's Western Theater.
  • 1860 – The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII of the United Kingdom) visits Canada and the United States.
  • 1792 – French troops stop allied invasion of France, during the War of the First Coalition at the Battle of Valmy.

Births

  • 1990 – Phillip Phillips, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1987 – Jack Lawless, American drummer
  • 1985 – Ian Desmond, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Ángel Sánchez, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
  • 1982 – Brian Fortuna, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1982 – Jason Bacashihua, American ice hockey player
  • 1981 – David McMillan, American football player (d. 2013)
  • 1981 – Jordan Tata, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Dante Hall, American football player
  • 1978 – Héctor Camacho Jr., Puerto Rican-American boxer
  • 1978 – Jason Bay, Canadian-American baseball player
  • 1977 – Chris Mooney, American journalist and academic
  • 1975 – Jason Robinson, American saxophonist and composer
  • 1975 – Joel Gertner, American wrestling announcer
  • 1973 – Ronald McKinnon, American football player
  • 1969 – Ben Shepherd, American musician and songwriter (Soundgarden)
  • 1968 – Darrell Russell, American race car driver (d. 2004)
  • 1967 – Gunnar Nelson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Kristen Johnston, American actress
  • 1967 – Martin Harrison, American football player
  • 1967 – Matthew Nelson, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1967 – Roger Anderson, American wrestler
  • 1964 – Randy Bradbury, American bass player
  • 1964 – Scott Hudson, American wrestling commentator
  • 1961 – Lisa Bloom, American lawyer and journalist
  • 1960 – Deborah Roberts, American journalist
  • 1959 – Joseph Alessi, American trombonist and educator
  • 1958 – Arn Anderson, American wrestler and trainer
  • 1956 – Gary Cole, American actor
  • 1956 – Jennifer Tour Chayes, American mathematician and computer scientist
  • 1956 – Steve Coleman, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader
  • 1955 – Betsy Brantley, American actress
  • 1955 – Peter Scolari, American actor and director
  • 1954 – Henry Samueli, American businessman, co-founded Broadcom
  • 1951 – Greg Valentine, American wrestler
  • 1951 – Joanna Cameron, American actress and model (The Secrets of Isis)
  • 1948 – Chuck Panozzo, American bass player (Styx)
  • 1948 – George R. R. Martin, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1948 – John Panozzo, American drummer (Styx) (d. 1996)
  • 1948 – Victoria Mallory, American singer and actress (d. 2014)
  • 1947 – Billy Bang, American violinist and composer (d. 2011)
  • 1947 – Bruce Pasternack, American businessman
  • 1947 – Chris Ortloff, American journalist and politician
  • 1947 – Jude Deveraux, American author
  • 1946 – Pete Coors, American businessman and politician
  • 1941 – Dale Chihuly, American sculptor and educator
  • 1940 – William Finley, American actor (d. 2012)
  • 1938 – Eric Gale, American guitarist and producer (d. 1994)
  • 1937 – Robert L. Gerry III, American businessman
  • 1935 – Jim Taylor, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1934 – Jeff Morris, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1934 – Takayuki Kubota, Japanese-American martial artist and actor
  • 1930 – Richard Montague, American mathematician and philosopher (d. 1971)
  • 1929 – Anne Meara, American actress and playwright (d. 2015)
  • 1928 – Donald Hall, American poet, editor, and critic
  • 1927 – Red Mitchell, American bassist, composer, and poet (d. 1992)
  • 1925 – Bobby Nunn, American R&B singer (The Robins; The Coasters) (d. 1986)
  • 1924 – Albert Marre, American director, and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1924 – Gogi Grant, American singer (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – Jackie Paris, American singer and guitarist (d. 2004)
  • 1921 – Chico Hamilton, American drummer, composer, and bandleader (d. 2013)
  • 1920 – Jay Ward, American animator, producer, and screenwriter, founded Jay Ward Productions (d. 1989)
  • 1917 – Clarice Taylor, American actress (d. 2011)
  • 1917 – Red Auerbach, American basketball player and coach (d. 2006)
  • 1913 – Sidney Dillon Ripley, American ornithologist and academic (d. 2001)
  • 1899 – Leo Strauss, German-American political scientist, philosopher, and academic (d. 1973)
  • 1889 – Charles Reidpath, American runner and general (d. 1975)
  • 1884 – Maxwell Perkins, American editor (d. 1947)
  • 1878 – Upton Sinclair, American novelist, critic, and essayist (d. 1968)
  • 1876 – Carleton Ellis, American inventor and chemist (d. 1941)
  • 1873 – Sidney Olcott, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1949)
  • 1861 – Herbert Putnam, American lawyer and publisher, 8th Librarian of Congress (d. 1955)
  • 1844 – William H. Illingworth, English-American photographer (d. 1893)
  • 1831 – Kate Harrington, American poet and educator (d. 1917)
  • 1820 – John F. Reynolds, American general (d. 1863)
  • 1819 – Frederick Ellsworth Sickels, American inventor (d. 1895)
  • 1800 – Benjamin Franklin White, American singer and composer (d. 1879)
  • 1608 – Jean-Jacques Olier, French priest and mystic, founded the Society of Saint-Sulpice (d. 1657)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (b. 1945)
  • 2016 – Peter Leo Gerety, American bishop (b. 1912)
  • 2015 – Jack Larson, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Polly Bergen, American actress and singer (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – James B. Vaught, American general (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Richard H. Cracroft, American author and academic (b. 1936)
  • 2011 – Oscar Handlin, American historian and author (b. 1915)
  • 2010 – Leonard Skinner, American soldier and educator (b. 1933)
  • 2006 – John W. Peterson, American pilot and songwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2004 – Townsend Hoopes, American soldier and historian (b. 1922)
  • 1996 – Paul Weston, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1912)
  • 1994 – Jule Styne, American composer (b. 1905)
  • 1987 – Michael Stewart, American playwright and composer (b. 1924)
  • 1985 – Helen MacInnes, Scottish-American librarian and author (b. 1907)
  • 1984 – Steve Goodman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 1973 – Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1943)
  • 1947 – Fiorello H. La Guardia, American lawyer and politician, 99th Mayor of New York City (b. 1882)
  • 1945 – William Seabrook, American occultist, journalist, and explorer (b. 1884)
  • 1927 – George Nichols, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1864)
  • 1906 – Robert R. Hitt, American politician, 13th United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1834)
  • 1852 – Philander Chase, American bishop and educator, founded Kenyon College (b. 1775)
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