Monday, September 17, 2007

Today in History....September 17

On this day in …

* 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia

* 1862, in the bloodiest battle day in U.S. history, Union forces hurled back a Confederate invasion in the Civil War Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, Md.

* 1920, the American Professional Football Association -- a precursor of the National Football League -- was formed in Canton, Ohio

* 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after the Nazi, ym"sh, launched its assault

* 1944, during World War II, Allied paratroopers launched Operation Market Garden, landing behind German lines in the Netherlands.
(After initial success, the Allies were beaten back by the Germans.)

* 1947, James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S. Secretary of Defense

* 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty

* 1987, the city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the U.S.
Constitution, threw a big party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic document

* 1997, President Clinton rejected a ban on land mines endorsed by
89 countries

* 2002, after years of denials by his country, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il admitted that North Korean spies had abducted about a dozen Japanese citizens decades earlier, and that at least four of the Japanese were still alive. ALSO: NBA star Patrick Ewing announced his retirement

* 2006, after death threats by practitioners of that "religion of peace", Pope Benedict XVI said he was "deeply sorry" his recent remarks on Islam and violence had offended Muslims, but the unusual expression of papal regret drew a mixed reaction from Islamic leaders, some of whom said it wasn't enough

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