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September 17th, 1920, the American Professional
Football Association -- a precursor of the
National Football League -- was formed in Canton,
Ohio (the site where the Pro
Football Hall of Fame was later
In 1787, the Constitution of the United States
was completed and signed by a majority of
delegates attending the constitutional convention
In 1862, Union
forces hurled back a Confederate invasion of
Maryland in the Civil War Battle of Antietam.
In 1939, the
Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks
after Nazi Germany launched its assault.
In 1947, James V.
Forrestal was sworn in as the first US Secretary
of Defense as a new National Military
Establishment unified America's armed forces.
In 1948, the
United Nations mediator for Palestine, Count
Folke Bernadotte, was assassinated in Jerusalem
by Jewish extremists.
"M*A*S*H" premiered on CBS TV.
In 1978, after
meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
signed a framework for a peace treaty.
In 1980, former
Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza
(suh-MOH'-sah) was assassinated in Paraguay.
In 1988, opening
ceremonies for the Summer Olympics took place in
Seoul, South Korea.
In 1994, Heather
Whitestone of Alabama was crowned "Miss
America," the first deaf contestant to win
Ten years ago:
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney sacked Air Force
chief of staff General Mike Dugan for openly
discussing contingency plans to launch massive
air strikes against Baghdad and target Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein personally. Supreme
Court nominee David H. Souter concluded three
days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary
Five years ago:
Hong Kong held its last legislative election
before the 1997 takeover by China, with some of
Beijing's fiercest critics the big winners.
One year ago:
President Clinton lifted restrictions on trade,
travel and banking imposed on North Korea a
half-century earlier, rewarding it for agreeing
to curb missile tests.
to protect the rights of minorities. The loved
and the rich need no protection -- they have many
friends and few enemies."
Wendell Phillips, American abolitionist