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Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, September  17, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Sept. 17, 1862, Union forces hurled back a Confederate invasion of Maryland in the Civil War battle of Antietam. With nearly 23,000 killed, wounded and missing or captured, it remains the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.
 
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On this date in:
1787The U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
1907Warren Burger, the 15th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in St. Paul, Minn.
1920The American Professional Football Association - a precursor of the National Football League - was formed in Canton, Ohio.
1939The Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II.
1947James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S. secretary of defense.
1972The comedy series "M.A.S.H." premiered on CBS.
1976NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise.
1980Former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza was assassinated in Paraguay.
1986The Senate confirmed the nomination of William H. Rehnquist as the 16th chief justice of the United States.
1996Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew died at age 77.
2001Wall Street trading resumed for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - its longest shutdown since the Depression; the Dow lost 684.81 points, its worst one-day point drop to date.
2001Pro sporting events resumed after a six-day hiatus following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
AP Photo/Reed Saxon
2003New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso resigned amid a furor over his $139.5 million pay package.
2004Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for the recent school siege in Beslan and other terrorist attacks in Russia that claimed more than 430 lives.
2004San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit his 700th career home run, joining Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players to reach the milestone.
2011A demonstration calling itself Occupy Wall Street began in New York.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") turns 49 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
NameProfessionAge
Charles GrassleyU.S. senator, R-Iowa81
David SouterRetired Supreme Court justice75
Phil JacksonBasketball coach69
Fee WaybillRock singer (The Tubes)64
Cassandra PetersonActress ("Elvira, Mistress of the Dark")63
Rita RudnerComedian61
Baz LuhrmannDirector ("Moulin Rouge")52
Constantine MaroulisSinger, actor ("American Idol," "The Bold and the Beautiful")39
Jon WalkerRock musician (Panic at the Disco)29
Actor Matthew Settle ("Gossip Girl," "Band of Brothers") turns 45 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini