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CONSTITUTION SIGNED IN PHILADELPHIA

September 17, 1787


CONSTITUTION SIGNED IN PHILADELPHIA


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (JFK+50) The United States Constitution was signed by delegates of the Constitutional Convention today here in Philadelphia.


The document will not, however, become the law of the land until 9 of the 13 states ratify.


The Constitution of the United States consists of a preamble & 7 articles.


The Preamble


“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, & secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves & our Posterity, do ordain & establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”*



         Signing of the US Constitution
Painting by Howard Chandler Christy


*The US Constitution was ratified on June 21, 1788


September 17, 1862


BLOODY BATTLE FOUGHT AT ANTIETAM CREEK


Sharpsburg, Maryland (JFK+50) A bloody battle was fought near Sharpsburg today along the banks of Antietam Creek.


Forces of the United States & Confederate States fought from dawn til dusk.


The fighting began at the Dunker Church along Hagerstown Pike & then spread into a huge cornfield across the pike.


By mid-day, the battle continued to an area separating two farm fields called “Bloody Lane”.


Finally, the day’s fighting came to a close at Burnside’s Bridge at Antietam Creek. Casualties are reported as high on both sides.*


*Lee’s forces retreat into Virginia the following day.  More Americans were killed at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862 than any other day in US history.  


Lincoln claims victory & 5 days later issues the Emancipation Proclamation.



                      Battle of Antietam
                  Army of the Potomac
                  Kurz & Allison (1888)


September 17, 1978


ACCORDS SIGNED BY BEGIN & SADAT


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt & Menachem Begin of Israel signed the Camp David Accords today at the White House.


The peace agreement, negotiated by President Jimmy Carter, was worked out over 12 days of discussions at the Presidential retreat, Camp David, in Maryland.*


*Sadat & Begin will later be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.



    Sadat, President Carter, Begin
          Camp David, Maryland


September 17, 1959


JFK BLASTS LABOR LAWYERS


Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy, speaking to the Montgomery County Bar Association today, blasted a “small group of unsavory labor lawyers” who represent corrupt union leaders.


JFK admonished the bar association to take action against the lawyers.


September 17, 1946


HONEY FITZ CELEBRATES BOSTON’S BIRTHDAY


Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, former Mayor of the city of Boston, helped celebrate the city’s birthday today on radio station WDHO.


September 17 is widely accepted as the birthday of Boston when a court of Puritans ordered the setttlement to be named “Boston” after the town in Lincolnshire from which many Puritans originated.



                     John F. Fitzgerald
                            (1863-1950)
                     Bain News Service

September 17, 1936


MARY AGNES GARGAN DIES


Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Mary Agnes Fitzgerald Gargan died today of chronic hypertensive cardiorenal disease at her home at 22 May Street in West Roxbury.


The daughter of John “Honey Fitz” & Mary Fitzgerald & sister of Rose Kennedy leaves her husband, Joseph, & children John Jr., Mary Jo, & Ann.



   Joseph P. Kennedy with Ann Gargin









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