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This Day In History: Sept. 28

This Day in History

1066: William of Normandy lands at Pevensey, beginning the Norman conquest of England.
1542: Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, reaching San Diego Bay.
1924: Two planes land in Seattle, Washington, after completing the first flight around the world.
1960: Boston Red Sox baseball great Ted Williams hits a home run in the last at-bat of his career, at Fenway Park.
1978: Pope John Paul I dies after having served only 34 days.
1984: Pres. Ronald Reagan meets with Soviet Foreign Min. Andrei Gromyko at the White House, his first meeting with a Soviet leader.
1989: Deposed Philippine Pres. Ferdinand Marcos dies in Hawaii at the age of 72.
2001: The UN Security Council unanimously approves a U.S.-sponsored resolution requiring all member states to assist in the American-led war on terrorism following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. A delegation of Islamic clerics from Pakistan fails to persuade the Taliban to hand over suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution requiring all member nations to work against terrorist operations within their borders and cooperate in international efforts against them. The FBI releases text of a letter in the possession of hijackers of at least three of the four planes used in the Sept. 11 attacks, with instructions on preparing for their mission.
2005: Rep. Tom DeLay (R, TX), majority leader of the House of Representatives, is indicted in Texas for allegedly conspiring to violate a state fundraising law.

Today's Birthdays

1573: Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio, Baroque painter (Italy; died 1610)
1839: Frances Willard, women's rights activist/temperance leader/educator (Churchville, NY; died 1898)
1841: Georges Clemenceau, statesman, journalist (Mouilleron-en-Pareds, France; died 1929)
1856: Kate Douglas Wiggin, children's author (Philadelphia, PA; died 1923)
1887: Avery Brundage, Olympic official (Detroit, MI; died 1975)
1901: Ed Sullivan, television show host (New York, NY; died 1974)
1901: William S. Paley, radio and television executive (Chicago, IL; died 1990)
1905: Max Schmeling, German boxer who in 1930 became the first European to capture the world heavyweight championship (Klein-Lucknow, Germany; died 2005)
1909: Al Capp, cartoonist and creator of Li'l Abner (New Haven, CT; died 1979)
1915: Bonnie Cashin, fashion designer (Oakland, CA; died 2000)
1916: Peter Finch, actor (London, England; died 1977)
1923: William Windom, actor (New York, NY)
1924: Marcello Mastroianni, actor (Fontana Liri, Italy; died 1996)
1925: Seymour Cray, computer scientist (Chippewa Falls, WI; died 1996)
1932: Victor Jara, folk singer (Chillan Viejo, Chile; died 1973)
1934: Brigitte Bardot, actress and animal rights activist (Paris, France)
1941: Edmund Stoiber, politician (Oberaudorf, Germany)
1947: Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Bangladeshi prime minister (Tungipara, Pakistan -- now Bangladesh)
1950: John Sayles, director (Schenectady, NY)
1952: David Salle, painter (Norman, OK)
1954: Steve Largent, football player and OK congressman (Tulsa, OK)
1964: Janeane Garofalo, actress/comedian (Newton, NJ)
1968: Naomi Watts, actress (Shoreham, England)
1970: Mira Sorvino, actress (Tenafly, NJ)
1973: Gwyneth Paltrow, actress (Los Angeles, CA)
1977: Se Ri Pak, golfer (South Korea)


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