On This Day

Historical Events on September 28

Events 1 - 200 of 287

Assassination

48 BC Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.

  • 235 Bishop of Rome Pontianus steps down
  • 351 Battle at Mursa: emperor Constantine II beats emperor Magnentius
  • 365 Roman usurper Procopius bribes two legions passing by Constantinople, and proclaims himself Roman emperor.
  • 935 Saint Wenceslas is murdered by his brother, Boleslaus I of Bohemia
  • 995 Members of Slavník's dynasty - Spytimír, Pobraslav, Pořej and Čáslav are murdered by Boleslaus's son, Boleslaus II the Pious.
  • 1106 Battle at Tinchebrai: English King Henry I beats his brother Robert, Duke of Normandy in Normandy
  • 1322 Battle of Muhldorf: the Duchy of (Upper) Bavaria defeats Austrian forces
  • 1362 Guillaum de Grimoard elected as Pope Urban V
  • 1394 Cardinal Pedro de Luna of Aragon chosen (anti)pope Benedictus XIII
  • 1448 Christian I is crowned king of Denmark.
  • 1528 Spanish fleet sinks in Florida hurricane; about 380 die
  • 1538 Battle at Preveza: Ottoman fleet under Barbarossa beats Papal alliance off Northwestern Greece

Historic Discovery

1542 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain

Victory in Battle

1621 Battle at Chocim Dniester: King Sigismund III Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth defeats an invading Ottoman Imperial army

  • 1652 English-Dutch sea battle at Kentish Knock
  • 1687 Venetians take Athens from the Turks
  • 1701 Divorce legalized in Maryland
  • 1760 Russian & Austrian army occupies Berlin
  • 1767 Gentlemen 17 forbid private slave transport India to Cape of Good Hope

Election of Interest

1779 American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay

  • 1787 Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval
  • 1815 Joachim Murats fleet sails from Corsica to Naples
  • 1829 Walker's Appeal, racial antislavery pamphlet, published in Boston
  • 1839 British Association expedition to Antarctica ships Erebus and Terror set sail from England, to attempt to locate magnetic South Pole
  • 1844 Oscar I of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden
  • 1850 US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment
  • 1858 Donati's comet becomes 1st to be photographed
  • 1864 -30) Battle of Fort Harrison Virginia (Chaffin's Farm New Market Heights)
  • 1867 Toronto becomes capital of Ontario
  • 1868 Battle of Alcolea, causes Queen Isabella II of Spain to flee to France
  • 1868 Opelousas Massacre at St Landry Parish Louisiana (200 blacks killed)
  • 1872 "3 Fingers" Ranald Mackenzie destroys Kwahadi-Commanche village, Texas, killing 23 men and taking 120 women and children prisoner
  • 1879 Sydney Australia inaugurates steam motor tram route
  • 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
  • 1889 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
  • 1892 1st night football game played (Mansfield Pa)
  • 1894 Simon Marks & Tom Spencer open Penny Bazaar in Manchester
  • 1899 Transvaal mobilizes its army - leadup to Second Boer War
  • 1901 Guerrilla's assault unarmed US soldiers at breakfast in Balangiga ,Philippines, 44 killed; the abandoned town is burned in retalliation
  • 1904 Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC
  • 1906 US troops reoccupy Cuba, stay until 1909
  • 1911 NY Highlanders get 13 walk & steal 15 bases (including then record 6 in one inning), beating Browns 18-12; each team committed 6 errors
  • 1912 SS Kichemaru disappears in storm off Japanese coast, 1,000 die
  • 1914 German forces move into Antwerp Belgium (WWI)
  • 1915 Battle of Kut-el-Amara: British defeat Turks in Mesopotamia
  • 1919 Fastest major league game (51 mins), Giants beat Phillies 6-1
  • 1920 8 Chicago White Sox baseball players are indicted by a grand jury, charged with fixing 1919 World Series; infamous "Black Sox scandal"
  • 1920 Dirk Fock appointed as governor-general of Dutch East Indies

PGA Championship

1921 4th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Inwood CC Far Rockaway NY

  • 1923 Abyssinia (Ethiopia) leaves League of Nations
  • 1923 Radio Times 1st published
  • 1923 Yanks slaughter Red Sox 24-4
  • 1924 2 US Army planes end around-world flight, Seattle to Seattle, 57 stops
  • 1924 French government names Gen Serrail governor-general of Syria
  • 1924 General Plutarco Calles elected president of Mexico
  • 1926 Russia & Latvia treaty of neutrality signed
  • 1928 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack's Gully Jumpers)
  • 1928 Juan de la Cierva makes 1st helicopter flight over English Channel
  • 1928 NY Yanks clinch pennant #6

Historic Event

1928 Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler

Historic Event

1928 US acknowledge Chinese government of Chiang Kai-shek

  • 1928 Valentin Katayev's "Kvadratura Kruga" premieres in Moscow
  • 1928 UK passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.
  • 1929 1st CF interception return for a touchdown (Joe Hess-U of Alberta)

Sports History

1930 Lou Gehrig's errorless streak ends at 885 consecutive games

  • 1931 200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan in Peking

Film Release

1934 "Judge Priest" film directed by John Ford, starring Will Rogers is released

  • 1936 Bachelor's Children debuts on CBS radio (at 9:45 am)

Historic Event

1937 FDR dedicates Bonneville Dam on Columbia River (Oregon)

  • 1938 Clare Boothe's "Boys Goodbye" premieres in NYC
  • 1938 Dutch Premier Colijn sends radio message "No war coming"
  • 1938 Homer in the Gloamin' - famous walk-off home run hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1939 Estonia accepts Soviet military bases
  • 1939 Final broadcast of The Fleischmann Hour was heard on radio

Treaty of Interest

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

Sports History

1940 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns

  • 1940 Nazi occupiers present "New Dutch Culture" in German
  • 1940 Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan
  • 1941 Phillies lose club record 111th game

Sports History

1941 Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg

  • 1942 Luftwaffe bombs Stalingrad
  • 1942 NY Americans NHL team folded

D-Day

1944 Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt, is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for directing troops at Utah Beach during the D-Day landings

  • 1944 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)
  • 1944 Nazi forces begin killing civilians in the Italian village of Marzabotto

Film Release

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

  • 1945 Canadian football's Calgary Bronks changes its name to Stampeders
  • 1945 Robert T Duncan appears as Tonio in "I Pagliacci"
  • 1948 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

1949 "My Friend Irma" premieres, 1st of 16 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

  • 1950 Indonesia becomes 60th member of UN
  • 1951 Allie Reynolds' 2nd no-hitter of 1951; Yanks clinch pennant #18
  • 1951 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards

Sports History

1952 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching appearance, throwing one pitch to Chicago Cubs Frank Baumholtz

  • 1953 "Bob & Ray Show" TV Variety last air on NBC
  • 1953 "Juvenile Jury" TV Children's last airs on NBC, moved to CBS
  • 1953 "Racket Squad" TV Crime Drama last airs on CBS
  • 1953 Dutch government proclaims 5% general pay increase on Jan 1, 1954
  • 1953 KOAT TV channel 7 in Albuquerque, NM (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)
  • 1955 WITN TV channel 7 in Washington, NC (NBC) begins broadcasting

Television Finale

1956 "Johnny Carson Show" TV Variety last airs on CBS-TV

Music History

1956 RCA Records reports Elvis Presley sold over 10 million records

  • 1957 "Dollar A Second" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1957 "Gisele MacKenzie Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1957 "Honeycomb," by Jimmie F. Rodgers hits #1
  • 1957 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Velser Tunnels
  • 1958 France adopts constitution
  • 1958 Guinea votes for independence from France
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1958 USAF selects Thor over Jupiter rocket for mass production as ICBM's
  • 1959 "Hennesey" debuts on CBS-TV

Theater Premiere

1959 Edward Franklin Albee's play "Zoo Story" premieres in Berlin

  • 1959 Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around Earth
  • 1960 "Millionaire" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1960 "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" by Connie Francis hits #1
  • 1960 "Queen For A Day" moves to ABC-TV
  • 1960 "Sunrise at Campobello" premieres at Palace theater
  • 1960 Ted Williams hits his final homer #521 (off Jack Fisher)
  • 1961 "Doctor Kildare" debuts on NBC-TV

Television Debut

1961 "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV

  • 1961 "Purlie Victorious", a farce by Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway
  • 1961 Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
  • 1961 USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m
  • 1961 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • 1961 American medical drama series "Dr. Kildare", starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1962 "Brighter Day" last airs on CBS-TV daytime
  • 1962 "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1962 "Jan Murray Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1962 The last airing of "The Tonight Show" prior to Johnny Carson becoming host airs on NBC-TV
  • 1962 "Verdict Is Yours," last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1962 Alouette (Canada), 1st Canadian satellite, launched
  • 1962 Paddington tram depot fire destroys 65 trams in Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1963 "King Leonardo" cartoon last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1963 "Little Deuce Coupe" single by The Beach Boys peaks at #15
  • 1963 Novelty song "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells, from Villas, New Jersey, peaks at #16

Television Debut

1963 "New Phil Silvers Show" debuts on CBS-TV

  • 1963 "Nick Teen & Al K. Hall" by Rolf Harris peaks at #95
  • 1963 "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses" by Jaynetts, a one-hit wonder from the Bronx, NYC, peaks at #2
  • 1963 "Shari Lewis Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1963 "Surfer Joe" by Surfaris peaks at #62
  • 1963 "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoon voiced by Don Adams debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1963 Giuseppe Cantarella roller-skates record 25.78 mph (415 k) for 440 yds
  • 1963 NYC DJ "Murray The K" plays The Beatles "She Loves You" on the radio
  • 1964 53rd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (3-2)
  • 1964 Suriname governor A Currie resigns
  • 1965 Jack McKay in X-15 reaches 90 km
  • 1965 Taal Volcano explodes on Luzon Philippines killing around 100
  • 1967 Walter Washington elected 1st mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances

Music History

1968 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances

  • 1968 Alberto Giolani of Italy roller skates record 23.133 miles in 1 hr
  • 1968 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship
  • 1968 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • 1968 Chuck Hixson (Southern Methodist) completes 37 of record 69 passes

Music History

1968 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"

  • 1968 Marisa Danisi of West Germany roller skates record 21.995 miles in 1 hr
  • 1969 Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • 1969 Minnesota vs Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
  • 1969 SPD wins West German Parliament elections
  • 1970 TV game show "Words & Music" debuts on NBC

Historic Event

1970 Anwar Sadat replaces the late Gamal Abdel Nasser as acting Egyptian President; elected president in October 1970

  • 1970 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Australia) in 22nd America's Cup
  • 1971 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty after 15 years refuge in US Embassy in Budapest is allowed to leave the country
  • 1971 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music
  • 1971 UK passes the Misuse of Drugs Act banning the medicinal use of cannabis.

Music Concert

1972 David Bowie sells out his 1st show at NYC's Carnegie Hall

  • 1972 Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
  • 1972 Canada defeats the USSR in the eighth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series
  • 1973 Palestinian Terrorists hijack Austrian train
  • 1973 ITT Building in New York City bombed to protest ITT's involvement in the September 11 1973 coup d'état in Chile.

Music History

1974 "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47

  • 1974 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
  • 1974 "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52

Music History

1974 "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31

  • 1974 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
  • 1974 "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36

Historic Event

1974 US 1st Lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy

Sports History

1974 California Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0

Music History

1974 John Lennon appears as guest DJ on WNEW-FM (NYC)

  • 1974 British rock guitarist Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople
  • 1975 New York City Marathon: Tom Fleming claims men's title in 2:19:27; Kim Merritt wins women's event in 2:46:14
  • 1975 Bill authorizes admission of women to military academies
  • 1975 Oakland A's Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Linblad & Rollie Fingers, no-hit California Angels, 5-0
  • 1975 The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people were taken as hostages, takes place in London.

Music History

1976 A&M sues George Harrison who fails to meet deadline for LP completion

  • 1976 US Congress passes Toxic Substances Control Act

Boxing Title Fight

1976 Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Album Release

1976 "Songs in the Key of Life" 18th studio album by Stevie Wonder is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1977)

  • 1978 Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord
  • 1978 Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon

Album Release

1978 Metal band Black Sabbath release their 8th album "Never Say Die", last to feature Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired

Boxing Title Fight

1979 Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1980 "Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 1980 Carl Sagan's 13 part "Cosmos" premieres on PBS
  • 1980 Jaromir Wagner is 1st to fly Atlantic standing on wing