September 17 Events in History - September 17 Birthdays - September 17 Deaths
2014 President Xi Jinping of China begins a visit to India today to discuss strengthening economic relations and potentially resolving disputes regarding segments of the border between the two nations
2014 The Federal Reserve will continue its current program of slow withdrawal of economic stimulus measures, as U.S. unemployment and underemployment numbers have not improved quickly enough to warrant a change in policy
2013 The fifth installment of the 'Grand Theft Auto' videogame series is released by Rockstar Games, netting $800 million on the day it is launched
2013 Engineers working off of Italy's Tuscan coast pull the MS Costa Concordia cruise ship upright after it ran aground in early 2012
2012 In an effort to ease economic sanctions on Myanmar, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi embarks on a 17-day tour of the United States
2012 NASA reports its three-man crew of Joe Acaba and Russian colleagues Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin landed safely in the Russian-made Soyuz capsule after 123 days at the International Space Station
2011 Latvian voters head to the polls for a parliamentary election
2011 A 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurs off the coast of Japan, setting off a series of aftershocks
2010 The world's biggest airline is created when United Airlines shareholders approve a deal to merge with Continental Airlines
2010 A drill reaches 33 Chilean miners who remain trapped underground after the 2010 Copiapo mining accident August 5, 2010
1997 Dr. Sam Sheppard's body (Fugitive) is exhumed for DNA test
1996 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field
1995 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" closes at Walter Kerr New York City after 276 performances
1995 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
1994 Andy Waller out handled the ball for Mashonaland CD vs. Mash U24
1994 Heather Whitestone, 21, (Ala), crowned 68th Miss America 1995
1994 Princess Christina separates
1992 House votes 280 to 128 to give FCC control of cable TV rates
1992 NFL decides to suspend World League Football
1991 4,355 turn out to see Expos play New York Mets at Shea Stadium
1991 U.N. admits Estonia, Latvia, Lithuiania, North and South Korea, Marshall Islands and Micronesia
1990 Newspaper Guild votes 242-35 to keep New York Post publishing
1990 Soviet Union and Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic ties
1989 Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina
1989 41st Emmy Awards: LA Law, Cheers, Dana Delany and Candice Bergen win
1989 Beth Daniel wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
1989 Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation
1989 Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62
1989 New York City court of appeals overturns lower court decision and returns America's Cup back to U.S. (from New Zealand)
1988 24th Olympic games open at Seoul, Korea
1988 Jeff Reardon becomes 1st to record 40 or more saves in both AL and NL
1988 Military coup in Haiti: Lieutenant General Avril takes control, Henri Namphy flees
1987 Philadelphia celebrates 200th anniversary of Constitution
1986 Bomb attack in Paris, 6 killed
1986 Marina Stepanova of U.S.S.R. sets 400m hurdle woman's record (52.94)
1986 Mets clinch NL East Championship
1986 U.S. Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice
1985 Soyuz T-14 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
1984 Brian Mulroney sworn in as Canada's 18th Prime Minister succeeding John Turner
1984 Dwight Gooden ties record of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games
1984 Reggie Jackson is 13th to hit 500 home runs
1984 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1983 Chicago White Sox clinch their 1st-ever AL West championship,
1983 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black
1982 New Jersey Devils 1st exhibition game, beating Caps 3-1 in Hershey Pa
1981 Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season
1980 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres
1980 Iraq (Saddam Hussein) signs accord with Algeria
1980 Solidarity labor union in Poland forms
1980 South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death
1980 Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22
1979 Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72")
1979 Royals George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/home runs in a season
1978 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner and Sada Thompson win
1978 Begin, Sadat and Carter sign Camp David accord
1978 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
1978 Red Sox finally beat Yankees in Sept 1978, 7-3
1977 22nd Ryder Cup: U.S., 12 -13 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes England
1977 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1977 Dave Kingman hits his 1st Yankee homer, Reggie hits 2 more
1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" is #1 for 19th straight week
1976 Amnesty International receives Erasmus-prize
1976 NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California
1976 Ringo releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" album
1975 Rollout of 1st space shuttle orbiter Enterprise (OV-101)
1974 Courageous (U.S.) beats Southern Cross (Australia) in 23rd America's Cup
1972 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Quality First Golf Classic
1972 Tanzania troops march in to Uganda
1970 Jordanian King Hussein moves against PLO guerrillas
1970 WSWP TV channel 9 in Grandview, WV (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St. Louis Cardinals, 1-0
1968 Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of Moon
1967 "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV
1967 Mount Washington cog railway train derails, kills 8 in New Hampshire
1967 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to Los Angeles Rams 27-13
1967 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Shirley Englehorn Golf Invitational
1966 Cleveland pitchers set AL record striking out 19 batters in 1st 9 innings
1965 WPHL TV channel 17 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (IND) begins broadcasting
1964 "Bewitched" premieres on ABC TV
1964 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)
1964 Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 and 2001 and his 450th home run
1964 Supremes release "Baby Love"
1963 "Fugitive" premieres on ABC TV
1963 Train struck makeshift bus full of migrant workers, killing 32
1962 Justice Department files 1st suit to end segregation in public schools
1962 U.S. space officials announce selection of 9 new astronauts
1961 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)
1961 Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in New York City
1961 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1960 "Vintage '60" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater New York City after 8 performances
1960 Cuba nationalizes U.S. banks
1959 59th U.S. Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
1959 Transit 1A, 1st navigational satellite launched; failed to orbit
1959 Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan and Korea
1958 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1957 KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
1957 Scott Crossfield takes X-15 up for 1st powered flight
1957 Thailand military coup under marshal Sarit Thanarat
1957 2 male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren and producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico
1956 Black students enter Clay Kentucky elementary school
1956 Yankees clinch pennant #22 on Mantle's 50th homer of year
1955 "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 176 performances
1955 Future Hall of Famer Oriole Brooks Robinson goes 2-4 in his 1st game
1954 Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
1953 1st successful separation of Siamese twins
1953 Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player
1952 "I am an American Day" and "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day"
1951 "Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 90 performances
1951 Romanian bishop A Pacha of Timisoara sentenced to 18 years
1950 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
1949 128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto
1949 8th Ryder Cup: U.S. beats Europe, 7-5 at Ganton GC, England
1949 North Atlantic Treaty Council meets for 1st time
1949 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
1948 KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, California (IND) begins
1948 WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1947 Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News
1947 James Forrestal sworn in as 1st U.S. Secretary of Defense
1947 U.S. Department of Defense forms
1946 "Gypsy Lady," opens at Century Theater New York City for 79 performances
1946 "If the Shoe Fits," opens at Century Theater New York City for 20 performances
1944 British Premier Winston Churchill travels to U.S.
1944 Dutch begin railroad strike against German occupiers
1944 Operation Market Garden: British airborne division lands Arnhem, Netherlands
1943 Load of "ammunition in transit" explodes at Norfolk Naval Air Station
1943 Red Army recaptures Brjansk
1941 Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4
1940 Hitler begins invasion of England (operation Seelowe)
1940 Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
1939 German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die
1939 Poland's president Moscicki and Prime Minister Slawoj-Skladkowski flee to Romania
1939 Russia invades Eastern Poland, takes 217,000 Poles prisoner
1939 Soviet Union invades Poland during WW II
1938 52nd U.S. Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (60 63)
1938 58th U.S. Mens Tennis: J Donald Budge beats C Gene Mako (63 68 62 61)
1938 British premier Neville Chamberlain leaves Munich
1938 Don Budge wins U.S. Tennis open and completes Grand Slam
1937 1st NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat New York Giants 13-3
1935 Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina chosen 1st president of Philippines
1934 RCA Victor re leases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording (Beethoven's 5th)
1934 U.S.S.R. joins League of Nations (Netherland, Switzerland and Portugal vote no)
1931 1st LP record demonstrated (RCA Victor, New York City), venture failed
1931 Operetta "Victoria and Her Husband," premieres in London
1931 Red Sox Earl Webb sets record with 65 en route to 67 doubles
1929 British troops begin evacuating
1928 48th U.S. Mens Tennis: Henri Cochet beats F T Hunter (46 64 36 75 63)
1928 Henri Cochet wins U.S. Tennis Open
1928 Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500
1928 Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning
1927 47th U.S. Mens Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats William T Tilden (119 63 119)
1927 Charles Lindbergh visits San Francisco
1926 Hurricane hits Miami and Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die
1924 Italy signs treaty of Rapallo
1923 Sutton Vane's "Outward Bound," premieres in London
1922 Bicyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world sprint champ
1922 Radio Moscow begins transmitting (12 KWs-most powerful station)
1920 Cards set a record of 12 consecutive hits in 4th (10) and 5th (2) innings
1920 National Football League organizes in Canton Ohio 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association
1916 40,000 Amsterdam demonstrators demand general voting right
1912 Center fielder Casey Stengel breaks in with Brooklyn and hits 4 singles
1911 25th U.S. Womens Tennis: Hazel H Wightman beats F Sutton (8-10 61 97)
1908 Thomas Selfridge becomes 1st fatality of powered flight
1906 Playing as "Sullivan," Columbia U jr Eddie Collins debuts with A's
1903 Boston Pilgrims clinch AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14-3
1902 U.S. protests anti-semitism in Romania
1901 Battle at Blood River Port: Boer General Botha beats Major Goughs cavalry
1901 Battle at Elands River Port: Boer General Smuts destroys unit 17th Lancers
1900 Queen Victoria disbands British parliament
1899 1st British troops leave Bombay for South Africa
1897 3rd U.S. Golf Open: Joe Lloyd shoots a 162 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois
1873 19 students attend opening class at Ohio State University
1872 Phillip W Pratt patents his sprinkler system for extinguishing fires
1871 Mont Cenis railway tunnel Switzerland opens
1864 Grant approves Sheridan's plan for Shenandoah Valley Campaign
1863 Pope Pius IX encyclical On persecution in New Grenada
1862 Battle of Cumberland Gap, TN-evacuted by Federals
1862 Battle of Mumfordville, Kentucky-U.S. Col J Wilder surrenders city
1862 Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)-bloodiest day of Civil War, 23,110 die
1861 1st day school for freedmen forms at Fortress Monroe Virginia
1861 Hampton Institute forms
1859 Man in San Francisco claims himself Norton I, emperor of America
1850 Great fire in San Francisco
1835 Charles Darwin lands on Chatham Galapagos-archipelago
1819 1st whaling ship arrives in Hawaii
1789 William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn
1787 Prussian troops conquer Gorinchem
1787 U.S. constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
1778 1st treaty between the U.S. and Indian tribes signed (Fort Pitt)
1776 Presidio of San Francisco forms as a Spanish fort
1745 Edinburg occupied by Jacobites under Young Pretenders
1737 Georg-August University opens in Gottingen
1730 Turkish coup under Mahmud I; Sultan Ahmed III flees
1697 Battle at Zenta: Prince Eugen of Savoye beats Turks
1691 Colony Massachusetts Bay gets new charter
1683 Antonie van Leeuwenhoek reports existence of bacteria
1678 France and Spain signs peace treaty
1644 French troops occupy Mainz
1631 Battle of Breitenfeld: King Gustaaf Adolf defeats General Tilly
1598 Netherland sailors discover Mauritius
1595 Pope Clemens VIII recognizes Henri IV as king of France
1584 Gent surrenders to duke of Parma
1562 Council of Trente takes ecclesiastical canon
1394 Jews are expelled from France by order of King Charles VI
1156 Markgraafschap Austria becomes a temple (Privilegium minus)
642 Arabs conquer Alexandria, library destroyed
335 Church of Heilig Grave initiated in Jerusalem