Historical Political Events for September 17

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Year Event
1787 US Constitution adopted (under questionable methods). This day is celebrated as "Constitution Day".
1796 President George Washington delivered his "Farewell Address" to the press before concluding his second term in office. Most historians cite September 19 as the actual publication date.
1902 U.S. troops invade Panama to keep train lines open over the isthmus as Panamanian nationals struggled for independence from Colombia.
1939 Soviet Union invades Poland. On September 28, the Soviets and Nazis sign new treaty dividing up Poland.
1993 Today's Health Advisory: For a longer, but admittedly duller life, you should avoid eating Chinese food, according to CSPI. No, you can't have Mexican food either. Or Italian. So silly of you to ask! (Yes, CSPI is unfamiliar with the term "Quality of Life"). More here.
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the GSA:AWARD OF 6 TECHNICAL AND MANAGEMENT SUPPORT (TMS) SERVICES CONTRACTS, AMT $3,000,000,000, TO Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Unisys Corp., Boeing Information Services, DynCorp Information & Engineering Technology, Inc. [Comments: SAIC achieved some fame for conducting a government funded study that proved that PSI really works. They could save us money by eliminating this really expensive phone system!]
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Quote of
the Day
Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us [Americans] geography.
    — Paul Rodriguez [This quote is often attributed to Ambrose Bierce]
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