September 17

This Day in History

2006

Dormant Volcano Awakens After 10,000 Years

On this day in 2006, a sudden explosion of ash, gas, and steam erupted from the long since dormant Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska, kicking off months of volcanic activity and excitement. Fourpeaked … (more...)

1978

Camp David Accords Signed

Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign two frameworks for peace in Washington, D.C. Negotiated at U.S. President Jimmy Carter's Camp David retreat, it was the … (more...)

1939

First Time 10,000 Metres Is Run in Under 30 Minutes

On this day in 1939, Taisto Armas Mäki became the first person to run 10,000 metres in under 30 minutes. Despite his historical achievement, Mäki’s highly promising athletic career met a premature … (more...)