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Once Upon A Time – Sept. 17 – 1859 – Joshua Abraham Norton Proclaims Self, Emperor Of The United States of America

642 Arab forces under Amr ibn al-‘As conquer Alexandria

1683 Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States

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

1862 Battle of Antietam [Battle of Sharpsburg], bloodiest day in the American Civil War: 22,000 dead, wounded or missing in first battle on Union soil

1916 WWI flying ace The Red Baron of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France

1940 Adolf Hitler indefinitely postpones Operation Sealion, the planned German invasion of Great Britain

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

Historical Events Today Events in 2023
Today in Film & TV
1972 TV comedy series “M*A*S*H”, adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US; runs for 11 years garnering 14 Emmy and 1 Peabody Award

Today in Music
1964 The Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 by baseball team owner Charles Finley for a concert at Municipal Stadium in Kansas, Missouri on a scheduled day off

Today in Sport
1941 Cards’ Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4

1976 NASA publicly unveils space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California, named after Star Trek Enterprise with cast attending

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

Famous Weddings
1918 Abbott and Costello straight man Bud Abbott (22) weds Betty Smith

1937 Economist John Kenneth Galbraith (29) weds author Catherine Atwater (24) at the Reformed Church of North Hempstead in New York

1942 Ice hockey player Maurice Richard (20) weds Lucille Norchet (17)

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