On this day: September 17

Published On: Sep 14 2012 01:49:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 17 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The U.S. Constitution is signed, the Civil War sees the bloodiest battle in American history, the prototype space shuttle Enterprise is unveiled, and the Camp David Accords bring peace between Egypt and Israel, all on this day.

OTD September 17 - Space Shuttle
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1976: The prototype space shuttle Enterprise is rolled out of its assembly facility in Southern California and displayed before a crowd of several thousand people. The Enterprise was built to perform test flights in the atmosphere and was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield, and was therefore not capable of spaceflight.

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