is the 261st day of the year (262nd in September 17 leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 104 days remaining until the end of the year.
1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought.
1462 - The Battle of Świecino (or Battle of Żarnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years' War.
1577 - Peace of Bergerac signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.
1630 - The city of Boston, is founded.
1631 - Sweden wins a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War.
1776 - The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
1778 - Treaty of Fort Pitt signed, the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware).
1787 - The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
1809 - Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War. The territory to become Finland is ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.
1814 - Francis Scott Key finishes his The Star-Spangled Banner poem.
1859 - Joshua A. Norton declares himself Emperor Norton I of the United States.
1862 - American Civil War: George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.
1862 - American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion resulted in the single largest civilian disaster during the war
1894 - Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.
1900 - Philippine-American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham at Mabitac.
1908 - The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes; killing Selfridge. He becomes the first airplane fatality.
1914 - Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
1916 - World War I: Manfred von Richthofen (" The Red Baron"), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, won his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.
1920 - National Football League is organized in Canton, United States.
1924 - The Border Defence Corps was established in the Second Polish Republic for the defence of the eastern border against armed Soviet raids and local bandits.
1928 - The Okeechobee Hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing upwards of 2,500 people. It is the third deadliest natural disaster in US history, behind the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
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1939 - The Soviet Union joined Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defensive War of 1939.
1939 - World War II: A German U-boat sinks the U 29 British aircraft carrier HMS .
Courageous 1941 - A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, was issued
1943 - Russian city of Bryansk liberated from Nazis.
1944 - Allied Airborne troops parachute into the Netherlands as the "Market" half of Operation Market Garden.
1947 - James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first Secretary of Defense of United States.
1948 - Lehi (also known as the Stern gang) assassinates Count Folke Bernadotte, who was appointed by the UN to mediate between the Arabs and Jews.
1949 - The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbor with the loss of over 118 lives.
1956 - Television was first broadcast in Australia.
1957 - The North East Humanists group was founded in Newcastle upon Tyne.
1967 - Jim Morrison and The Doors defy CBS censors on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1970 - Fighting breaks out along the Syria- Jordanian border between Jordanian troops and the fedayeen.
1976 - The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was unveiled by NASA.
1978 - The Camp David Accords were signed by Israel and Egypt.
1983 - Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.
1991 - North Korea, South Korea, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia join the United Nations.
1991 - The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
1993 - Last Russian troops leave Poland.
2001 - The New York Stock Exchange opened for the first time since the September 11 attacks; the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its biggest point drop in its history, closing down 684.81 points to 8920.70.
2004 - Tamil is declared first classical language in India.
64 - Julia Flavia, daughter of Roman Emperor Titus; lover of Domitian.
879 - King Charles III of France (d. 929)
1192 - Minamoto no Sanetomo, Japanese shogun (d. 1219)
1271 - Wenceslas II of Bohemia and Poland (d. 1305)
1550 - Pope Paul V (d. 1621)
1580 - Francisco de Quevedo, Spanish writer (d. 1645)
1630 - Ranuccio II Farnese (d. 1694)
1639 - Hans Herr, Mennonite bishop (d. 1725)
1657 - Sophia Alekseyevna, regent of Russia (d. 1704)
1677 - Stephen Hales, English physiologist, chemist, and inventor (d. 1761)
1687 - Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (d. 1772)
1688 - Maria Luisa of Savoy, first queen of Philip V of Spain (d. 1714)
1730 - Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian army officer (d. 1794)
1739 - John Rutledge, 2nd (appointed) Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)
1743 - Marquis de Condorcet, French mathematician (d. 1794)
1771 - Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer (d. 1816)
1820 - Émile Augier, French dramatist (d. 1889)
1826 - Bernhard Riemann, German mathematician (d. 1866)
1854 - David Dunbar Buick, American automobile pioneer (d. 1929)
1857 - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian rocket scientist (d. 1935)
1868 - James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician (d. 1956)
1869 - Christian Lous Lange, Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize recipient (d. 1938)
1879 - Rube Foster, American baseball player, manager and executive (d. 1930)
1881 - Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (d. 1955)
1883 - William Carlos Williams, American writer (d. 1963)
1884 - Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (d. 1920)
1890 - Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (d. 1972)
1897 - Earl Webb, baseball player (d. 1965)
1900 - John Willard Marriott, American hotelier (d. 1985)
1900 - Hughie Critz, baseball player (d. 1980)
1901 - Francis Chichester, English adventurer (d. 1972)
1903 - Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (d. 1984)
1903 - Frank O'Connor, Irish-American short-story writer (d. 1966)
1906 - Edgar Wayburn, American environmentalist
1907 - Warren Burger, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1995)
1912 - Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress and comedian
1918 - Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (d. 1997)
1922 - Agostinho Neto, Angolan politician (d. 1979)
1923 - Hank Williams, American musician (d. 1953)
1926 - Bill Black, American musician (d. 1965)
1926 - Curtis Harrington, American film director (d. 2007)
1927 - George Blanda, American football player
1928 - Roddy McDowall, English actor (d. 1998)
1929 - Sir Stirling Moss, English race car driver
1929 - Pat Crowley, American actress
1930 - Edgar Mitchell, American astronaut
1930 - Thomas Stafford, American astronaut
1930 - Lalgudi Jayaraman, Indian violinist
1931 - Anne Bancroft, American actress (d. 2005)
1933 - Chuck Grassley, American politician
1933 - Dorothy Loudon, American actress (d. 2003)
1933 - Claude Provost, National Hockey League player (d. 1984)
1934 - Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (d. 1969)
1935 - Ken Kesey, American author (d. 2001)
1937 - Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player
1938 - Bobby Wine, American Major League Baseball player
1939 - Shelby Flint, American singer
1939 - David Souter, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
1940 - Jan Eliasson, Swedish diplomat
1941 - Bob Matsui, U.S. Congressman (d. 2005)
1942 - Des Lynam, English television presenter
1942 - Robert Graysmith, Zodiac killer researcher
1944 - Reinhold Messner, Italian mountain climber
1945 - David Emerson, Canadian politician
1945 - Phil Jackson, American basketball player and NBA head coach
1945 - Bruce Spence, New Zealand actor
1946 - Billy Bonds, English footballer
1947 - Tessa Jowell, British politician
1948 - Jeff MacNelly, American political cartoonist (d. 2000)
1948 - John Ritter, American actor (d. 2003)
1949 - Cassandra Peterson, American actress
1950 - Narendra Modi, Indian politician
1950 - Chris Heister, Swedish politician
1950 - Fee Waybill, American musician ( The Tubes)
1953 - Altaf Hussain, Pakistani politician and founder of MQM
1954 - Joël-François Durand, French composer
1955 - Charles Martinet, American actor
1956 - Thad Bosley. American major league baseball player
1956 - Rita Rudner, American comedian
1959 - Charles Lawson, Northern Irish actor
1960 - Damon Hill, English race car driver
1960 - John Franco, American baseball player
1961 - Ty Tabor, American guitarist and singer ( King's X)
1962 - Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director
1962 - Dustin Nguyen, Vietnamese American actor
1963 - Masahiro Chono, Japanese professional wrestler
1963 - Amy Roloff, American reality star
1963 - Michael Adler, American businessman
1963 - Rami Saari, Israeli poet and translator
1963 - Wendy Northcutt, Author of the Darwin Awards
1965 - Yuji Naka, Japanese video game programmer
1965 - Guy Picciotto, American musician ( Rites of Spring, Fugazi)
1965 - Bryan Singer, American director
1966 - Doug E. Fresh, American rapper, record producer, and beatboxer
1967 - Malik Yoba, American actor
1973 - Anastacia, American singer
1968 - Marie-Chantal
1969 - Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player
1969 - Keith Flint, Member of the British hard dance/rave band The Prodigy
1969 - Matthew Settle, American actor
1970 - Mark Brunell, American football player
1971 - Adriana Sklenaříková, Slovak supermodel
1971 - Mike Catt, English rugby player
1971 - Ian Whyte, Welsh actor and basketball player
1973 - Ada Choi, Hong Kong actress
1973 - Demis Nikolaidis, Greek footballer
1974 - Rasheed Wallace, American basketball player
1974 - Mirah, American musician
1974 - Tormod Granheim, Norwegian adventurer
1975 - Jimmie Johnson, American race car driver
1975 - Austin St. John, American actor
1975 - Constantine Maroulis, American singer
1976 - Daniella Rush, Czech pornographic actress
1977 - Simone Perrotta, Italian football player
1978 - Shawn Horcoff, Canadian ice hockey player
1979 - Akin Ayodele, American football player
1979 - Chuck Comeau, Canadian musician ( Simple Plan)
1980 - Danny Haren, American baseball player
1981 - Bakari Koné, Ivory Coast footballer
1981 - Casey Janssen, American baseball player
1982 - Garth Murray, Canadian ice hockey player
1983 - Jennifer Peña, American singer
1984 - Eugenia Volodina, Russian supermodel
1985 - Alexander Ovechkin, Russian hockey player
1985 - Jon Walker, American musician ( Panic! at the Disco)
1986 - Dimitrios Regas, Greek sprinter
1987 - Paul Huntington, English footballer
1991 - Jordan McCoy, American entertainer
1993 - Molly Roloff, American Reality Star
1994 - Taylor Ware, American yodeler
1179 - Hildegard of Bingen, German abbess and composer (b. 1098)
1322 - Robert III of Flanders (b. 1249)
1422 - Constantine II of Bulgaria
1563 - Henry Manners, English soldier
1574 - Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, first Spanish Governor of Florida (b. 1519)
1575 - Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss religious reformer (b. 1504)
1621 - Robert Bellarmine, Italian saint (b. 1542)
1630 - Thomas Lake, English statesman (b. 1567)
1665 - Philip IV of Spain (b. 1605)
1679 - John of Austria the Younger, Spanish general (b. 1629)
1727 - Glückel of Hameln, German businesswoman (b. 1647)
1762 - Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist (b. 1687)
1771 - Tobias Smollett, Scottish novelist (b. 1721)
1803 - Franz Xaver Süssmayr, Austrian composer (b. 1766)
1808 - Benjamin Bourne, American politician (b. 1755)
1836 - Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist (b. 1748)
1863 - Alfred de Vigny, French author (b. 1797)
1873 - Alexander Berry, Scottish adventurer (b. 1781)
1879 - Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (b. 1814)
1894 - Deng Shichang, Chinese admiral (b. 1849)
1899 - Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist (b. 1842)
1907 - Ignaz Brüll, Austrian pianist (b. 1846)
1933 - Joseph De Piro, Maltese missionary (b. 1877)
1936 - Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist (b. 1877)
1938 - Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (b. 1901)
1951 - Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (b. 1898)
1966 - Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (b. 1930)
1972 - Akim Tamiroff, Georgian actor (b. 1899)
1973 - Hugo Winterhalter, American bandleader (b. 1909)
1980 - Anastasio Somoza Debayle, President of Nicaragua (b. 1925)
1982 - Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (b. 1937)
1984 - Richard Basehart, American actor (b. 1914)
1987 - Harry Locke, British character actor (b. 1913)
1991 - Zino Francescatti, French violinist (b. 1902)
1993 - Christian Nyby, American film and television director (b. 1913)
1996 - Spiro Agnew, Vice President of the United States (b. 1918)
1997 - Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (b. 1913)
1998 - Ted Binion, Las Vegas casino heir (b. 1943)
2000 - Nicole Reinhart, American cyclist (b. 1976)
2000 - Paula Yates, English TV personality (b. 1960)
2003 - Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)
2005 - Alfred Reed, American composer (b. 1921)
2006 - Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite (b. 1924)
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106 Familypedia people died on September 17
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