September 17 in Pop Culture History
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1849 – Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland.
1859 – Joshua Norton declared himself “Emperor of these United States” and subsequently “Protector of Mexico”, renaming himself Norton!
1895 – The second U.S. battleship, but first named after a state, the USS Maine was commissioned.
1908 – Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft …