What Happened On This Day – September 17
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Births On This Day – September 17
1985 Tomáš Berdych
Czech tennis player
1975 Jimmie Johnson
American race car driver
1923 Hank Williams
American singer-songwriter, guitarist
1915 M. F. Husain
Indian painter, director
1879 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy
Indian businessman, politician, activist
Deaths On This Day – September 17
1997 Red Skelton
American actor, comedian
1996 Spiro Agnew
American politician, 39th Vice President of the United States
1994 Karl Popper
1948 Ruth Benedict
1179 Hildegard of Bingen
German saint, philosopher, composer