17 September

September 17 is the 260th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 105 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about September 17th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about September 17th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • International Country Music Day
  • Constitution Day
  • National Apple Dumpling Day
  • International Grenache Day
  • National Concussion Awareness Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – September 17

1978: Camp David Accords are signed

The Camp David Accords were signed by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The accords were the precursor to the 1974 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

1939: Man runs 10,000 meters in less than 30 minutes for the first time in recorded history

Finnish runner, Taisto Mäki, broke his previous record by running the distance in 29 minutes 52 seconds.

1894: A day after Japan wins the Battle of Pyongyang it defeats China in the Battle of the Yalu River

Also known as the Battle of the Yellow Sea, the conflict was fought between Japan and China during the First Sino-Japanese War.

1862: Bloodiest Single Day of the American Civil War takes place

The Battle of Antietam was fought near the Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Thought to be the deadliest single day of the American Civil War – at least 4000 soldiers on both sides died – the battle ended Confederate General Robert E. Lee incursion into the North. While there were no clear victors, many believed that the withdrawal of Confederate soldiers from the battlefield before the Union Army did meant that the Union had won the battle.

1809: Treaty of Fredrikshamn is signed between Sweden and Russia

Also known as the Treaty of Hamina, it concluded the Finnish War and ceded Swedish territories, which later formed Finland to Russia.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, September 17

1985: Tomáš Berdych, Czech tennis player

1975: Jimmie Johnson, American race car driver

1923: Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter, guitarist

1915: M. F. Husain, Indian painter, director

1879: Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian businessman, politician, activist

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, September 17

1997: Red Skelton, American actor, comedian

1996: Spiro Agnew, American politician, 39th Vice President of the United States

1994: Karl Popper, Austrian/English philosopher

1948: Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist

1179: Hildegard of Bingen, German saint, philosopher, composer

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