updated 9/16/2005 10:07:23 PM ET 2005-09-17T02:07:23

Today is Saturday, September 17th, the 260th day of 2005. There are 105 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On September 17th, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.

On this date:
In 1862, Union forces hurled back a Confederate invasion of Maryland in the Civil War Battle of Antietam.

In 1920, the American Professional Football Association — a precursor of the National Football League — was formed in Canton, Ohio.

In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.

In 1944, during World War Two, Allied paratroopers launched Operation Market Garden, landing behind German lines in the Netherlands. The Allies, however, encountered fierce German resistance.

In 1948, the United Nations mediator for Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists.

In 1976, NASA publicly unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise at ceremonies in Palmdale, California.

In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.

In 1980, former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza was assassinated in Paraguay.

In 1984, Progressive Conservative leader Brian Mulroney took office as Canada’s 18th prime minister.

In 1996, former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew died in Berlin, Maryland, at age 77.

Ten years ago: Hong Kong held its last legislative election before the 1997 takeover by China, with some of Beijing’s fiercest critics the big winners.

Five years ago: A U.N. refugee worker (Mensah Kpognon) was killed and a second (Sapeu Laurence Djeya) kidnapped in a raid in Guinea (the abducted staffer was later released). In Sydney, Australia, swimmer Tom Dolan of the United States won the 400-meter individual medley.

One year ago: President Vladimir Putin said Russia was “seriously preparing” for pre-emptive strikes against terrorists, as Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev took responsibility for a school hostage-taking and other attacks that had claimed more than 430 lives. San Francisco’s Barry Bonds hit the 700th home run of his career, joining Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players to reach the milestone (San Francisco beat San Diego, 4-1).

Today’s Birthdays: Actor David Huddleston is 75. Senate Finance Chairman Charles E. Grassley (Republican, Iowa) is 72. Actor Paul Benedict is 67. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is 66. Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 66. Singer Fee Waybill is 55. Actress Cassandra Peterson (“Elvira, Mistress of the Dark”) is 54. Comedian Rita Rudner is 49. Movie director Baz Luhrmann is 43. Singer BeBe Winans is 43. Actor Kyle Chandler is 40. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 39. Actor Malik Yoba is 38. Rock musician Keith Flint (Prodigy) is 36. Actor Matthew Settle is 36. Rapper Vinnie (Naughty By Nature) is 35. Rock singer Anastacia is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marcus Sanders (Hi-Five) is 32. Actress-singer Nona Gaye is 31. Pop singer Maile Misajon (Eden’s Crush) is 29. Rock musician Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) is 26. Country singer Desi Wasdin (3 of Hearts) is 22.

Thought for Today: “One of these days is none of these days.” — Anonymous.

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