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 CBSTV 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

In 1787, the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States was com­pleted and signed by a ma­jor­ity of del­e­gates at­tend­ing the Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia.

In 1862, more than 3,600 men were killed in the Civil War Bat­tle of An­ti­etam (anTEE’-tum) in Mary­land.

In 1937, the like­ness of Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln’s head was ded­i­cated at Mount Rush­more.

In 1939, the Soviet Union in­vaded Poland dur­ing World War II, more than two weeks af­ter Nazi Ger­many had launched its as­sault.

In 1947, James V. For­re­stal was sworn in as the first U.S. Sec­re­tary of De­fense.

In 1957, two male at­tor­neys “stood in” as ac­tress Sophia Loren and pro­ducer Carlo Ponti were mar­ried by proxy in Ciu­dad Juarez (see-yoo-DAHD’ wahrEHZ’), Mex­ico. (Le­gal is­sues later forced an an­nul­ment; the cou­ple wed in Sevres, France, in 1966.)

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.)

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.

In 1987, the city of Philadel­phia, birth­place of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, threw a big party to cel­e­brate the 200th an­niver­sary of the his­toric doc­u­ment; in a speech at In­de­pen­dence Hall, Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan ac­claimed the fram­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tion as a mile­stone “that would pro­foundly and for­ever al­ter not just th­ese United States but the world.”

In 1996, former Vice Pres­i­dent Spiro T. Agnew died in Ber­lin, Mary­land, at age 77.

In 1997, a U.N. he­li­copter slammed into a fogshrouded 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.

In 2011, a demon­stra­tion call­ing it­self Oc­cupy Wall Street be­gan in New York, prompt­ing sim­i­lar protests around the U.S. and the world.

Ten years ago: Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush nom­i­nated former fed­eral judge Michael Mukasey (myoo-KAY’zee) to be­come at­tor­ney gen­eral. The Iraqi gov­ern­ment re­voked the li­cense of Black­wa­ter USA se­cu­rity firm a day af­ter a shoot­ing in­ci­dent that had claimed the lives of civil­ians. Dur­ing a fo­rum at the Univer­sity of Florida, An­drew Meyer, a stu­dent with a his­tory of tap­ing his own prac­ti­cal jokes, was Tasered by cam­pus po­lice and ar­rested af­ter loudly and re­peat­edly try­ing to ques­tion Sen. John Kerry, DMass.

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