On This Day

On This Day in History for September 17 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1963 Train struck makeshift bus full of migrant workers, killing 32
  • 1967 Mount Washington cog railway train derails, kills 8 (NH)
  • 1968 Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of Moon
  • 1970 Jordan launches offensive against guerrilla army
  • 1972 BART begins passenger service in San Francisco
  • 1972 Tanzania troops march in to Uganda
  • 1975 Rollout of 1st space shuttle orbiter Enterprise (OV-101)
  • 1976 Amnesty International receives Erasmus-prize

Music releaseAlbum Release

1976 Ringo Starr releases "Ringo's Rotogravure" album

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1977 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1979 Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72")
  • 1980 Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria
  • 1980 South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death
  • 1980 Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22
  • 1980 Iraq breaks 1975 treaty with Iran and proclaims sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Polish workers under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa found the Solidarity movement at the Gdańsk Shipyard

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Brian Mulroney sworn in as Canada's 18th Prime Minister, succeeding John Turner

18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney
18th Prime Minister of Canada
Brian Mulroney
17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner
  • 1984 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1985 Soyuz T-14 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • 1986 Bomb attack in Paris, 6 killed
  • 1986 Marina Stepanova of USSR sets 400m hurdle woman's record (52.94)
  • 1986 Mets clinch NL East Championship
  • 1986 US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice
  • 1987 Philadelphia celebrates 200th anniversary of Constitution

BeatificationPapal Visit

1987 Pope John Paul II arrives in San Francisco, meets with AIDS patients, and embraces an AIDS infected child

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1988 13th Toronto International Film Festival: "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" directed by Pedro Almodovar wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1989 -21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1989 Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62
  • 1990 Newspaper Guild votes 242-35 to keep NY Post publishing
  • 1990 Soviet Union & Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic ties
  • 1991 UN admits Estonia, Latvia, Lithuiania, North & South Korea, Marshall Islands & Micronesia
  • 1991 The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
  • 1992 Theodore (Ted) Weiss wins democratic primary for NYC congressional seat despite having died on 14th
  • 1992 Amsterdam stock exchange hits record Ÿ8.8 billion
  • 1993 Last Russian troops leave Poland.

  • 1994 Andy Waller out handled the ball for Mashonaland CD v Mash U24
  • 1994 19th Toronto International Film Festival: "Priest" directed by Antonia Bird wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1997 Dr Sam Sheppard's body (Fugitive) is exhumed for DNA test
  • 2001 Major trading markets in the United States, including the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), reopen for the first time since September 11
  • 2002 27th Toronto International Film Festival: "Whale Rider" directed by Niki Caro wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2004 Tamil is declared the first classical language in India.
  • 2005 30th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tsotsi" directed by Gavin Hood wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2007 AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announces plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York City
  • 2008 The IAU named another dwarf planet, Haumea
  • 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City.
  • 2012 Panasonic suspends operations at its three factories in China
  • 2012 China dispatches 1,000 fishing boats to Senkaku Islands
  • 2012 13 people are killed in a bus accident in Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Swedish forensic scientists find no conclusive evidence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's DNA in a torn condom

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange
  • 2012 United States and Japanese government officials agree to put a second missile defence system in Japan
  • 2013 6 people are killed after a train and double-decker bus collide in Ottawa, Canada
  • 2014 Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First Party wins the first Fijian elections since his coup in 2006
  • 2015 US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 2015 Northern Hemisphere summer hottest on record
  • 2016 Terror bomb in Chelsea, New York injures 29
  • 2017 Wanda Metropolitano stadium, new home of football team Atlético Madrid hosts its 1st match (against Malaga) in Madrid, Spain
  • 2018 Flooding in Nigeria kills over 100 people as Benue and Niger Rivers overflow
  • 2018 50 girls treated in hospital in Kaya, Burkina Faso after illegal botched circumcisions
  • 2018 US border control agent confesses to the murder of four women and assault of another in Laredo, Texas
  • 2018 Needles purposely hidden in strawberries in Australia prompt government to order an investigation
  • 2018 Hurricane Florence has caused 900 people to be rescued from flooding, death toll at 23, city of Wilmington isolated officials announce
  • 2019 Indonesia raises the female marriage age to 19, in line with males, to curb child marriages

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tells US Congress "I know you are trying but just not hard enough. Sorry.”

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Climate Activist
Greta Thunberg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Barbados announces its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 2020 More than 15,000 fires have caused widespread devastation in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands in 2020, according to its National Institute for Space Research

Birthdays in History


Person of interestNarendra Modi

1950 Narendra Modi, 15th Prime Minister of India, born in Vadnagar, Gujarat

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • 1950 Chris Heister [Gun Christina Heister], Swedish politician, born in Östhammar, Uppsala
  • 1950 Lawrence Anthony, Johannesberg, South Africa, conservationist and author, (d. 2012)
  • 1953 Rita Rudner, comedienne (Funny People)
  • 1953 Altaf Hussain, Pakistani politician and founder of MQM
  • 1955 Mike Parson, American politician, Governor of Missouri (2018-), born in Wheatland, Missouri
  • 1956 Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter and publisher
  • 1957 David Bintley, choreographer
  • 1961 Pamela Ann Melroy, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1963 Rami Saari, Israeli poet and translator
  • 1963 Michael Adler, American businessman
  • 1963 Wendy Northcutt, Author of the Darwin Awards
  • 1963 Amy Roloff, American reality star
  • 1965 Yuji Naka, Japanese video game programmer
  • 1965 Bryan Singer, American film and television director (The Usual Suspects), born in New York City
  • 1968 Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
  • 1974 Tormod Granheim, Norwegian adventurer
  • 1977 Latoya Warning, Suriname 4th Miss Teenager (1993)
  • 1982 Hope Larson, American illustrator and cartoonist
  • 1991 Jordan McCoy, American entertainer
  • 1994 Taylor Ware, American yodeler

Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History