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Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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When: Always on September 17th

The Constitutional Congress held it's final meeting on September 17, 1787. Do you have any idea why? That's right! It was to sign the Constitution of the United States of America, a document for which they so painstakingly labored to create and perfect.

After the meeting there was still much to do. Individual states then had to meet and vote on it. The U.S. Constitution did not go into effect until two years later on March 4, 1789.

Great Links:

National Constitution Center

Constitution Day, Inc non-profit and non-partisan, simply American

This Day in History September 17th

The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded. (1630)

American Revolutionary War: The Invasion of Canada begins with the Siege of Fort St. Jean. (1775)

The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain. (1776)

The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians). (1778)

The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia. (1787)

Francis Scott Key finishes his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry", later to be the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner". (1814)

American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery. (1849)

Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Emperor Norton I" of the United States. (1859)

American Civil War: George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history. (1862)

American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war. (1862)

The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes killing Selfridge. He becomes the first airplane fatality. (1908)

World War I: Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron"), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France. (1916)

World War II: The Soviet Union joins Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defensive War of 1939. (1939)

World War II: A German U-boat U 29 sinks the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous. (1939)

World War II: Following the German defeat in the Battle of Britain, Hitler postpones Operation Sea Lion indefinitely. (1940)

The Lehi (also known as the Stern gang) assassinates Count Folke Bernadotte, who was appointed by the United Nations to mediate between the Arab nations and Israel. (1948)

The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbour with the loss of over 118 lives. (1949)

The world's first retractable-dome stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh. (1961)

The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA. (1976)

The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt. (1978)

Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America. (1983)

The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet. (1991)

The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression. (2001)

Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the long-dormant volcano in at least 10,000 years. (2006)

AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announces plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York City (2007)

Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, New York City. (2011)
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    m emoticon emoticon Blog!!!!!
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    proud to be an American
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  • PMAY0313
    1678 days ago
    Amazing that a document written under stressful times still stands today.

    thanks for the history tidbits. Experienced Oakland's CA version of Occupy Wall Street. The intent was good, but the execution wrecked havoc on the nearby business. Broken windows, graffiti on the walls, lost business. Overtime pay for the policing efforts. Then they shut down the Port of Oakland for a day. All those independent truck drivers were out a day's pay.
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