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This Day in History for September 17

1787 – The US Constitution is signed by delegates at the Philadelphia Convention.

1859 – Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America.

1872 – Phillip W. Pratt patents his sprinkler for extinguishing fires.

1973 – 19 students attend opening class at Ohio State University.

1900 – USA, Anthracite coal miners go out on strike for better wages until the October 25, by which time the owners are persuaded that their stand is harming President McKinley’s campaign.

1911 – 1st transcontinental airplane flight, NY-Pasadena in 82 hours, 4 minutes.

1926 – Hurricane hits Miami & Palm Beach, Florida; about 450 die.

1931 – 1st LP record demonstrated (RCA Victor, NYC) venture failed.

1943 – Load of “ammunition in transit” explodes at Norfolk Naval Air Station.

1953 – 1st successful separation of Siamese (conjoined) twins.

1960 – Cuba nationalizes US banks.

1961 – “Car 54, Where are You?” premieres on US TV.

1961 – Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days,” premieres in NYC.

1962 – US space officials announce selection of 9 new astronauts.

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.

1981 – Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season.

1988 – Jeff Reardon becomes 1st to record 40 or more saves in both AL & NL.

1989 – Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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.

2015 – US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 2015 Northern Hemisphere summer hottest on record.

2018 – Hurricane Florence has caused 900 people to be rescued from flooding, death toll at 23, city of Wilmington officials announce.

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