On This Day

What Happened on September 17

Historical Events

  • 642 Arab forces under Amr ibn al-'As conquer Alexandria
  • 1683 Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria

Sep 17 in Film & TV

  • 1972 TV comedy "M*A*S*H", adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US

Sep 17 in Music

  • 1964 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)

Sep 17 in Sport

Would You Believe?

Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America

On September 17, 1859

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Famous Divorces

  • 1994 Princess Christina separates

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