What Happened on September 17

Significant 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
  • 1862 Battle of Antietam [Battle of Sharpsburg], bloodiest day in the American Civil War: 22,000 dead, wounded or missing in first battle on Union soil
  • 1900 Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed
  • 1916 The Red Baron [Manfred von Richthofen], WWI flying ace of the German Luftstreitkr√§fte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France
  • 1978 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Camp David Accords, frameworks for peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel
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September 17 in Film & TV

  • 1972 "M*A*S*H," premieres on CBS TV

September 17 in Music

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

September 17 in Sport

Did You Know?

1st successful separation of Siamese (conjoined) twins

On September 17, 1953

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

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 Princess Christina separates
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