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This Day In History: Sept. 29

This Day in History

1938: The Munich Pact, an attempt to appease Adolf Hitler by allowing Germany to occupy German-speaking parts of Czechoslovakia, is signed by Germany, Italy, France, and Great Britain. British prime minister Neville Chamberlain later returns home proclaiming "peace in our time."
1949: Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose) is found guilty of treason for making radio broadcasts for Japan during World War II.
1950: In the Korean War, South Korean troops reach the 38th parallel.
1954: Willie Mays of the NY Giants makes one of the most famous catches in baseball history—an over-the-head grab of Vic Wertz's 426-foot drive to centerfield at the Polo Grounds—in the first game of the World Series.
1982: The first of 7 people die after taking Tylenol capsules that were contaminated with cyanide.
1988: The United States successfully launches the space shuttle Discovery, the first shuttle to fly since the 1986 Challenger disaster.
2001: The Defense Dept. places more than 3,400 National Guard and Reserves personnel on active duty; the total number activated since Sept. 11 is more than 20,000. The UN resumes aid shipments to Afghanistan for the first time since Sept. 11; the country has a food shortage and a deepening refugee crisis.
2005: The Senate votes to confirm federal Judge John G. Roberts Jr. as the 17th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, succeeding William H. Rehnquist, who died earlier in the month.

Today's Birthdays

106 BC: Pompey the Great, general and statesman (Rome, Italy; died 48 BC)
1547: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, novelist/dramatist/poet (Alcala de Henares, Spain; died 1616)
1703: Francois Boucher, painter (Paris, France; died 1770)
1725: Robert Clive, military leader, statesman (Market Drayton, England; died 1774)
1758: Viscount Horatio Nelson, naval commander (Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England; died 1805)
1838: Henry Hobson Richardson, architect (St. James Parish, LA; died 1886)
1864: Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher (Bilbao, Spain; died 1936)
1901: Enrico Fermi, nuclear physicist (Rome, Italy; died 1954)
1907: Gene Autry, cowboy actor/singer and baseball executive (Tioga, TX; died 1998)
1912: Michelangelo Antonioni, director/screenwriter (Ferrara, Italy)
1913: Stanley Kramer, producer/director (New York, NY; died 2001)
1916: Trevor Howard, actor (Cliftonville, England; died 1988)
1920: Peter Dennis Mitchell, biochemist and Nobel laureate (Mitcham, England; died 1992)
1922: Lizabeth Scott, actress (Scranton, PA)
1931: Anita Ekberg, actress (Malmo, Sweden)
1935: Jerry Lee Lewis, singer/musician (Ferriday, LA)
1936: Silvio Berlusconi, Italian prime minister (Milan, Italy)
1942: Madeline Kahn, actress/singer (Boston, MA; died 1999)
1943: Lech Walesa, Polish labor leader and founder of Solidarity (Popowo, Poland)
1948: Bryant Gumbel, TV journalist (New Orleans, LA)
1970: Emily Lloyd, actress (England)


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