Today in History: September 28

1066 – William the Conqueror landed in England and began the Norman conquest.

1106 – King Henry I of England defeated his brother Robert Curthose at the Battle of Tinchebray.

1779 – American Revolution: Samuel Huntington was elected President of the Continental Congress after succeeding John Jay.

1781 – American Revolution: French and American forces backed by a French fleet began the siege of Yorktown.

1787 – The Congress of the Confederation voted to send the newly written United States Constitution to the state legislatures for approval.

1821 – The Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire was drafted. It was made public on 13 October.

1871 – The Brazilian Parliament passed a law that freed all children thereafter born to slaves, and all government-owned slaves.

1889 – The General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defined the length of a meter.

1892 – The first night game for American football took place in a contest between Wyoming Seminary and Mansfield State Normal.

1901 – Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas killed more than forty American soldiers while losing 28 of their own.

1912 – Corporal Frank S. Scott of the United States Army became the first enlisted man to die in an airplane crash.

1919 – Race riots began in Omaha, Nebraska.

1924 – The first aerial circumnavigation was completed by a team from the US Army.

1928 – Alexander Fleming noticed a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory and discovered what later became known as penicillin.

1939 – World War II: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed on a division of Poland.

1941 – Ted Williams achieved a .406 batting average for the season and became the last major league baseball player to bat .400 or better.

1944 – World War II: Soviet Army troops liberated Klooga concentration camp in Estonia.

1951 – CBS made the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product was discontinued less than a month later.

1958 – “To Know Him Is To Love Him” by the Teddy Bears was released. The song was written and composed by 18-year old Phil Spector.

1963 – “She Loves You” by the Beatles was played on the radio by Murry The K in New York. It is believed that this was the first time a Beatles song was played in the U.S.

1968 – Janis Joplin’s manager announced that she had left Big Brother and the Holding Company.

1972 – David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars made their debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall. It was his first sell out in the U.S.

1973 – The ITT Building in New York City was bombed in protest at ITT’s alleged involvement in the coup d’état in Chile.

1973 – The Rolling Stones appeared on U.S. television for the first time since 1967.

1975 – The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people were taken hostage, took place in London.

1976 – A&M Records sued George Harrison for failing to deliver his LP “33 1/3” on time.

1987 – Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson were guests on the television show $10,000 Pyramid.

1991 – The Garth Brooks album Ropin’ the Wind became the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart.

1994 – The cruise ferry MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea and killed 852 people.

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