TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Sunday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2017. There are 105 days left in the year.
1787: The Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. 1862: More than 3,600 men were killed in the Civil War Battle of Antietam in Maryland. 1937: The likeness of President Abraham Lincoln’s head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore. 1939: The Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.
1947: James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S. Secretary of Defense.
1957: Two male attorneys “stood in” as actress Sophia Loren and producer Carlo Ponti were married by proxy in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (Legal issues later forced an annulment; the couple wed in Sevres, France, in 1966.)
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.)
1978: After meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.
1996: Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew died in Berlin, Maryland, at age 77.
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.”
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 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, D-Mass.
Five years ago: Republican Mitt Romney tried to head off a new distraction for his presidential campaign after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that 47 percent of all Americans “believe they are victims” entitled to help from the government that permeated their lives; Romney offered no apologies, but conceded his comments were not “elegantly stated” and were spoken “off the cuff.”
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, Minnesota, wounding 10 people before an off-duty officer fatally shot him.
Jim Morrison sings “Light My Fire” with The Doors during a performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1967.