Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,060 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

Let us begin with what happened today in history. You may also enter a specific day using the form on the right sidebar. It is optional to input the year. If you do give a complete date with month, day and year then only events that happened on that specific date will be shown.

About September 17

September 17, 2021 is the 260th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 105 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Virgo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 137 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On September 17

  • 1462
    The Battle of Świecino (also known as the Battle of Żarnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years’ War.
  • 1939
    Taisto Mäki becomes the first man to run the 10,000 metres in under 30 minutes, in a time of 29:52.6
  • 1944
    World War II: Allied Airborne troops parachute into the Netherlands as the “Market” half of Operation Market Garden.
  • 1957
    Malaysia joins the United Nations.
  • 1976
    The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.
  • 1978
    The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt.
  • 1980
    Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle is killed in Asunción, Paraguay.
  • 1991
    The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
  • 1992
    An Iranian Kurdish leader and his two joiners are assassinated by political militants in Berlin, Germany.
  • 2011
    Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City.

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