TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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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).

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