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September 17 in History

Update: September, 17/2012 - 09:31

 

1320

Death of King Anh Tong (born 1276), the fourth monarch of the Tran Dynasty (1293-1314) in Viet Nam. His real name was Tran Thuyen.

1580

Birth of Francisco Gomez de Quevedo y Villegas, satirist, novelist and prolific author of Spain's Golden Age of Literature.

1778

The first treaty between the United States and Indian tribes is signed at Fort Pitt.

1826

Birth of Georg Friedrich Bernhard Rieman, a German mathematician who was one of the most influential of the 19th century. He had numerous methods, theorems and concepts named after him.

1857

Birth of Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky, Soviet physicist. He pioneered development of Soviet rockets, space science and aeronautical research.

1871

The Mont Cenis Tunnel, the first of the great tunnels through the Alps, is opened. It runs for 13km from Modane, France, to Bardonecchia, Italy.

1900

Queen Victoria signs the document which would unite the six colonies of the Federal Commonwealth of Australia, effective on January 1, 1901.

1945

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam launches a "Gold Week" to raise funds to build the new nation in the early days of independence.

1994

Sir Karl Popper, an Austrian, one of the 20th century's most respected philosophers, dies aged 92.

2007

A European Union court upheld a landmark 2004 ruling that the world's largest software maker Microsoft had abused its dominant market position to crush rivals.

2008

An assault on the US Embassy in San'a, Yemen, kills 19 people, including an American woman and six militants.

2009

President Barack Obama abruptly cancels a long-planned missile shield for Eastern Europe, replacing a Bush-era project that was bitterly opposed by Russia with a plan he contends will better defend against a growing threat of Iranian missiles.

2010

Hurricane Karl smashes into Mexico's Gulf Coast, creating havoc in the major port city of Veracruz and forcing the country to shut down its only nuclear power plant and its central Gulf Coast oil platforms.

2011

Revolutionary fighters struggle to make gains in an assault into Muammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte with bloody street-by-street battles against loyalist forces fiercely defending the most symbolic of the shattered regime's remaining strongholds. — AP/REUTERS

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