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Sep 17th, 2011


One Year Ago — September 17, 2010

Constitution Day 2010

The Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States — Painted by Howard Chandler Christy in 1940, the painting depicts the signing of the U.S. Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 17, 1787.

One year ago today, I commemorated the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 — one of the most significant and momentous events in American history.


Two Years Ago — September 17, 2009

Constitution Day 2009

Two years ago today, on September 17, 2009, I commemorated Constitution Day, celebrating the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.


Three Years Ago — September 17, 2008

Pakistan Threatens to Fire on U.S. Troops Crossing the Afghan Border

Three years ago today, on September 17, 2008, I reported on a Pakistani military order to fire on U.S. troops crossing the Afghan border for raids into Pakistan; the increasing number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan; the high rate of Afghan civilian casualties; and a spate of bombings and shootings in Iraq.


Afghanistan surpasses Iraq in U.S. troop deaths (NBC Nightly News, Sept. 11, 2008) — Nearly seven years after the U.S. first drove the Taliban out of Afghanistan, the fight against al-Qaida insurgents has become more deadly than ever. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports. (02:17)

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