On This Day

What Happened on September 28

Important Events

  • 935 Saint Wenceslas is murdered by his brother, Boleslaus I of Bohemia
  • 1066 William the Conqueror invades England landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex
  • 1781 9,000 American and 7,000 French troops begin siege of Yorktown
  • 1887 Yellow River or Huáng Hé floods in China, killing between 900,000 and 2 million people, one of the deadliest natural disasters in history
  • 1939 German-Soviet Frontier Treaty is signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov; redraws German and Soviet spheres of influence in central Europe and transfers most of Lithuania to the USSR
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Sep 28 in Film & TV

  • 1945 "Mildred Pierce" starring Joan Crawford opens at Strand Theater, NYC; wins Academy Award for Best Actress

Sep 28 in Music

  • 1968 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks

Sep 28 in Sport

  • 1938 Homer in the Gloamin' - famous walk-off home run hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defines the length of a meter as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, measured at the melting point of ice

On September 28, 1889

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Napoléon Bonaparte, aged 16, graduates from the elite École Militaire in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)

On September 28, 1785

Famous Weddings

  • 1922 Stage and film actor James Cagney (23) weds dancer Frances Vernon
  • 1933 Sally Eilers weds Harry Joe Brown
  • 1933 Actress Greer Garson (29) weds first husband Edward Snelson (29)

Famous Divorces

  • 1937 Martha Raye (21) divorces Hamilton "Bud" Westmore (19) on the basis of extreme cruelty
  • 2010 Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (66) divorces romance novelist Melanie Craft after six years of marriage
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