September 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, September 17, 1789, the moon of Saturn, "Mimas," was discovered?

September 17th is a special day, as it’s the day we celebrate Professional House Cleaners Day as well as Apple Dumpling Day.

We’ve reached the 260th day of the year. There are 105 days left until the end of the year.

You’re in luck today as we have carefully selected some of the most amazing things that ever happened September 17th in years gone by.

Did you know that on this day in 1789, the moon of Saturn, “Mimas,” was discovered? The German-British astronomer William Herschel located it using the famous “Forty-foot Telescope” in Slough, England.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about September 17th in history!

What Events Happened On September 17 In History?

2019 During the Senate climate crisis task force, climate change activity Greta Thunberg said, “You’re not trying hard enough. Sorry.”

OTD in 2019: During the Senate climate crisis task force

Thunberg's speech was met with laughter and a round of applause to which the leader of the Senate task force, Ed Markey, vowed: "We hear you. We hear what you're saying, and we will redouble our efforts."

2001 The New York Stock Exchange reopened for trading after the September 11 attacks.

It was the longest the New York Stock Exchange had been closed since the Great Depression.

1991 Linus Torvalds released the first version of the Linux operating system kernel for free on the Internet.

1983 Miss America crowned Vanessa Williams, the first black winner, in New York City.

1953 Conjoined twins were successfully separated for the first time.

OTD in 1953: Conjoined twins were successfully separated for the first time.

The two girls, Carolyn and Catherine, were joined by the spine. They both went on to live full, healthy lives.

1939 Finnish long-distance runner Taisto Mäki broke the 10,000-meter world record in 29:52:06.

1872 Inventor Phillip W Pratt obtained the patent for his sprinkler system designed to extinguish fires.

1850 The fourth great fire of San Francisco happened, destroying a considerable portion of the city.

Within the first year of settlers building up San Francisco, it experienced multiple fires that caused considerable damage. The wooden structures and fierce winds made the fires spread rapidly. Despite the destruction, settlers continued to rebuild, and many fires occurred in the coming years.

1789 German-British astronomer William Herschel discovered the moon of Saturn, “Mimas.”

OTD in 1789: German-British astronomer William Herschel discovered the moon of Saturn

1787 39 out of 50 delegates signed the US Constitution and shared it publicly.

1683 Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek declared his discovery of microorganisms to the Royal Society in London.

Although Leeuwenhoek never made an official publication of his findings, he was the first to discover microorganisms and bacteria's existence.

1598 The Dutch expedition captained by Admiral Van Warwyck first sighted Mauritius.

1394 King Charles VI of France suddenly declared that no Jew may live under his rule, following complaints from Christians in France.

Jews could reside under the king's rule if they followed his rules. However, there were many complaints of crimes being committed against Christians. So, from this day on, Charles VI made it law that no Jew could live on his land.

Famous People Born On September 17

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Scott Hoying was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.

1991 Scott Hoying

American Singer

Scott Hoying
31 years old
Born In:
Texas, USA

1996 Ella Purnell

English Actress

Ella Purnell
26 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1948 John Ritter

American Actor

John Ritter
Died On:
Sep 11, 2003 (Age 54)
Born In:
California, USA

1962 Baz Luhrmann

Australian Film Director

Baz Luhrmann
60 years old
Born In:
New South Wales, Australia

Special Holidays On September 17

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

September 17: National Apple Dumpling Day

National Apple Dumpling Day

Fall is just around the corner, and apples are suddenly in abundance, which means just one thing - it’s time to start baking with apples! So kick off the harvest season with a classic Apple Dumpling; it’s so simple you can get the kids involved too!

September 17: National Professional House Cleaners Day

National Professional House Cleaners Day

Cleaners have it tough: not only do they have to do one of the dirtiest jobs around, but they rarely ever get enough praise for their work. Professional house cleaners are no exception, so if you employ one, why not leave them an extra big tip today to thank them for all their hard work!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

When Kurt Russell smashed the guitar in “The Hateful Eight,” he accidentally destroyed an irreplaceable 145-year old museum piece instead of one of the replicas.

September 17 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on September 17th share the Virgo zodiac sign.

Virgos are kind, gentle, supportive, and always like to help people. They use their intellect and resourcefulness to solve complex problems.

Anyone born in September has the Sapphire birthstone. Sapphires were once believed to be protection against poison. It was thought that if venomous snakes or spiders were captured in a jar containing the gem, they would immediately die.

Anyone born on Sep 17 would likely have been conceived around Christmas Day in the previous year.

A baby conceived on September 17, 2023, will likely be born around June 10, 2024.

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