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September 17 Historical Events

The following events took place on September 17. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 69 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 456
    Remistus, Roman general (magister militum), is besieged by a Gothic force at Ravenna and later executed in the Palace in Classis, outside the city.
  • 1111
    Highest Galician nobility led by Pedro Fróilaz de Traba and the bishop Diego Gelmírez crown Alfonso VII as “King of Galicia”.
  • 1176
    The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought between the Byzantine Empire and the Seljuk Turks.
  • 1382
    Louis the Great’s daughter, Mary, is crowned “king” of Hungary.
  • 1462
    The Battle of Świecino (also known as the Battle of Żarnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years’ War.
  • 1577
    The Treaty of Bergerac is signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.
  • 1630
    The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
  • 1631
    Sweden wins a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1683
    Antonie van Leeuwenhoek writes a letter to the Royal Society describing “animalcules”: the first known description of protozoa.
  • 1716
    Jean Thurel enlists in the Touraine Regiment at the age of 18, the first day of a military career that would span for over 90 years.
  • 1761
    The Battle of Kosabroma is fought.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The Invasion of Canada begins with the Siege of Fort St. Jean.
  • 1776
    The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
  • 1778
    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).
  • 1787
    The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
  • 1793
    The Battle of Peyrestortes is fought.
  • 1794
    The Battle of Sprimont is fought.
  • 1809
    Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War. The territory to become Finland is ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.
  • 1813
    The Second Battle of Kulm is fought.
  • 1814
    Francis Scott Key finishes his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry”, later to be the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
  • 1849
    American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.
  • 1859
    Joshua A. Norton declares himself “Norton I, Emperor of the United States.”
  • 1861
    Battle of Pavón is fought.
  • 1862
    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 military history.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.
  • 1894
    Battle of the Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.
  • 1900
    Philippine–American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham Jr., son of confederate general Benjamin F. Cheatham in the Battle of Mabitac.
  • 1901
    The Battle of Blood River Poort is fought.
  • 1901
    The Battle of Elands River is fought.
  • 1908
    The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge. He becomes the first airplane fatality.

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