September 17th

2011
A demonstration calling itself Occupy Wall Street began in New York.
Occupy Wall Street
2004
Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for the recent school siege in Beslan and other terrorist attacks in Russia that claimed more than 430 lives.
Beslan school siege
2003
New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso resigned amid a furor over his $139.5 million pay package.
2001
Wall Street trading resumed for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - its longest shutdown since the Depression; the Dow lost 684.81 points, its worst one-day point drop to date.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
1996
Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew died at age 77.
Spiro Agnew
1994
Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf Miss America.
Heather Whitestone
1986
The Senate confirmed the nomination of William H. Rehnquist as the 16th chief justice of the United States.
William Rehnquist
1980
Anastasio Somoza Debayle, former president of Nicaragua, was assassinated in Paraguay.
Anastasio Somoza Debayle
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
Camp David Accords
1976
NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise.
Space Shuttle Enterprise
1972
The comedy series "M.A.S.H." premiered on CBS.
M*A*S*H (TV series)
1947
James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S. secretary of defense.
James V. Forrestal
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.
Taisto Mäki
1920
The American Professional Football Association - a precursor of the National Football League - was formed in Canton, Ohio.
History of the National Football League
1916
The Red Baron [Manfred von Richthofen], WWI flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.
Manfred von Richthofen
1908
Lt. Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft crashed.
Thomas Selfridge
1907
Warren Burger, the 15th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in St. Paul, Minn.
Warren E. Burger
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.
Battle of the Yalu River (1894)
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.
Battle of Antietam
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.
Treaty of Fredrikshamn
1787
The U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
Signing of the United States Constitution
1683
Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria.
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
642
Arab forces under Amr ibn al-'As conquer Alexandria and destory the library.
Destruction of the Library of Alexandria