TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Sunday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2017. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History:
On September 17, 1967, The Doors appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS-TV for the first—and last—time. The group was banned from the program after Jim Morrison ignored a producer’s request to change the line, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” to “Girl, we couldn’t get much better” while singing “Light My Fire” during the live broadcast. On this date:
n In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
n In 1937, the likeness of President Abraham Lincoln’s head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore.
n In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.
n In 1971, citing health reasons, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, 85, retired. (Black, who was succeeded by Lewis F. Powell Jr., died eight days after making his announcement.)
n In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH’-kem BAY’-gihn) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.
n In 1997, a U.N. helicopter slammed into a fog-shrouded mountain in central Bosnia and burst into flames, killing German diplomat Gerd Wagner, five Americans and six others. President Bill Clinton rejected a ban on land mines endorsed by 89 countries, saying the accord would jeopardize “the safety and security of our men in uniform.” Comedian Red Skelton died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 84.
n In 2011, a demonstration calling itself Occupy Wall Street began in New York, prompting similar protests around the U.S. and the world.
One year ago: An explosion rocked Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 30 people; an Afghan-born New Jersey resident is facing trial in the bombing. A Somali-American went on a stabbing rampage at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minn., wounding 10 people before an off-duty officer fatally shot him.
Today’s Birthdays: Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, is 84. Retired Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is 78. Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 82. Retired U.S. Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni is 74. Muppeteer Kevin Clash (former voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street”) is 57. Director-actor Paul Feig is 55. Movie director Baz Luhrmann is 55. Singer BeBe Winans is 55. TV personality/businessman Robert Herjavec (TV: “Shark Tank”) is 54. Actor Malik Yoba is 50. Rock singer Anastacia is 49. Rock musician Keith Flint (Prodigy) is 48. Actress-singer Nona Gaye is 43. Singer-actor Constantine Maroulis is 42. NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is 42. Country singer-songwriter Stephen Cochran is 38. Actor Billy Miller is 38. Country singer Desi Wasdin (3 of Hearts) is 34. Rock musician Jon Walker is 32. Actress Danielle Brooks is 28.
Thought for Today: “I personally believe that each of us was put here for a purpose to build, not to destroy. If I can make people smile, then I have served my purpose for God.”—Red Skelton (1913-1997).