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 - SS Noronic
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1949: A fire breaks out in a locked linen closet on board the Canadian steamship SS Noronic in the early morning hours while the ship is docked in Toronto Bay. Once the door was opened, the fire exploded and quickly spread down a hallway, fueled by the lemon-oil-polished wood paneling on the walls. By the time the fire was extinguished, more than 118 passengers had died, most from either suffocation or burns.

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