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This Day in History for September 17 – US Constitution Signed and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (More info)

1978 – The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt (More info)

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Officials Say No Credible Threat on 9/11 Anniversary
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Officials See No Credible Terror Threat on 9/11 Anniversary

On the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001, intelligence officials say there is no "credible or specific" threat that terrorist organizations are planning an attack.

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This Day in History for September 9 – California Gains Statehood and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – The Second Continental Congress changes the name of the nation from the United Colonies to the United States of America (More info)

1850 – California is admitted as the 31st US state, bypassing the usual waiting period of being a territory first (More info)

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Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
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This Day in History for August 18 – Women Win the Vote and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1894 – Congress establishes the Bureau of Immigration, later the Immigration and Naturalization Service (More info)

1920 – The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women’s right to vote (More info)

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Polish Olympian to Sell Bronze Medal to Help Sick Five-Year-Old

The 2012 Summer Games are over. But the Olympic spirit lives on thanks to Polish windsurfer Zofia Noceti-Klepacka, who will fulfill the promise she made to the family of a five-year-old who suffers from cystic fibrosis by selling her bronze medal.

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This Day in History for August 16 – Elvis Presley Dies and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1858 – President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the UK (More info)

1896 – Gold is discovered in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush (More info)

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National Museums of Kenya
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Did Scientists Discover a New Human Species?

The cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ aside, there’s pretty much only one kind of human being these days — but according to a new scientific discovery, it may not have always been that way.

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This Day in History for July 31 – First US Patent Issued and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1009 – Pope Sergius IV becomes the 142nd pope, succeeding Pope John XVIII (More info)

1498 – On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad (More info)

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