September 17 in history

1111 Highest Galician nobility led by Pedro Fróilaz de Traba and the bishop Diego Gelmírez crowned Alfonso VII as “King of Galicia“.

1176  The Battle of Myriokephalon.

1462  The Battle of Świecino (also known as the Battle of Żarnowiec) during Thirteen Years’ War.

1577  The Peace of Bergerac was signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.

1631  Sweden won a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War.

1683  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote to the Royal Society describing “animalcules“: the first known description of protozoa.

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

1787 The United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.

1809  Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War, the territory which became Finland was ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.

1859 Joshua A. Norton declared himself “Emperor Norton I” of the United States.

1862 American Civil War: George B. McClellan halted 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 resulted in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.

1883 William Carlos Williams, American writer, was born (d. 1963).

1894  The Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.

1900  Philippine-American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeated Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham at Mabitac.

1908  The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashed killing Selfridge who became the first airoplane fatality.

1914  Andrew Fisher becamePrime Minister of Australia for the third time.

1916 Mary Stewart, English novelist, was born.

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

1923 Hank Williams, American musician, was born (d. 1953).

1924  The Border Defence Corps was established in the Second Polish Republic for the defence of the eastern border against armed Soviet raids and local bandits.

1928  The Okeechobee Hurricane struck southeastern Florida, killing upwards of 2,500 people.

1929 Sir Stirling Moss, English race car driver, was born.

1931 Anne Bancroft, American actress, was born (d. 2005).

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

1939  Taisto Mäki became the first man to run the 10,000 metres in under 30 minutes, in a time of 29:52.6.

1941 New Zealand abolished the death penalty for murder – for the time being.

Death penalty abolished...for the time being

1941  World War II: A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, was issued

1944  World War II: Allied Airborne troops parachuted into the Netherlands as the “Market” half of Operation Market Garden.

1945 Bruce Spence, New Zealand actor, was born.

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

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

1956 Television was first broadcast in Australia.

1976 The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was unveiled by NASA.

1978  The Camp David Accords were signed by Israel and Egypt.

1980  After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity was established.

1980 Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle was killed.

1983 Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America.

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

1992 An Iranian Kurdish leader and his two joiners were assassinated by political militants in Berlin.

1993 Last Russian troops left Poland.

2001  The New York Stock Exchange reopened for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

2004 Tamil was declared the first classical language in India.

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

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

2011 – Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zucotti Park, New York City.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

4 Responses to September 17 in history

  1. Dave53 says:

    1941 New Zealand abolished the death penalty for murder.

    Um, no, actually.

    Labour was elected in 1935 and immediately ceased hanging by commuting all death sentences. The law was changed to abolish hanging as you say.

    But National campaigned in 1949 to bring back hanging and when it was elected, it quickly passed a law to resume hanging, mainly of teenage boys who were being attacked in the infamous Mazengard Report of that era because they got into fights outside “milk bars” and, shock, engaged in sexual activities, Jack Marshall, National’s “justice” minister and someone still promoted as being a “liberal,” was a fanatical proponent of hanging teenage boys. May he rot in hell.

    Labour was re-elected in 1957 and immediately stopped hanging again, reprieving an Italian man who was due to hang the Saturday after the election (after National hanged Bolton, an elderly Taranaki farmer, just before the election for a murder that very likely was not even a murder but the natural death of his equally elderly wife. And yes these were politicall hangings as the Minister of “Justice” was the one who sent the condemned man to the gallows. He reprieved those who got the public thumbs up, and hanged those the media campaigned against).

    National was re-elected in 1960 and one of its first bills was a Crimes Act to bring back hanging.

    A number of new National backbenchers crossed the floor of the House to vote with Labour, including Rob Muldoon, who said whether someone lived or died should not depend on who was the government. He stuck by that principle for his entire career always opposing capital punishment. I have always respected him for that, whatever I thought about his economic policies.



  2. homepaddock says:

    I should have written abolished for the time being.

    If you follow the link in the post it says: The Labour Party had long opposed capital punishment, and after taking office in 1935 it commuted all death sentences to life in prison. This policy was confirmed by the abolition of the death penalty for murder in 1941. It was reintroduced by the National government in 1950 before being finally removed from the statute book in 1961.

    The 1941 Crimes Amendment Act also abolished flogging and whipping as punishments for murder, though these remained on the books for other crimes, including homosexual acts, until 1961.


  3. Dave53 says:

    Yes I know all that. But who follows your links? This is something important to me and I wanted to put it on the record.

    I am not blaming National of today, in fact I am praising Muldoon of long yesterday, No National MP today would even countenance bringing back capital punishment.


  4. homepaddock says:

    It was quite clear you were talking about history and praising Muldoon. I’ll add for the time being to the post.


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