Events in History on September 28


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

  • 235 Pope Pontian becomes the first Pope to abdicate from the role, for St. Anterus
  • 351 Battle at Mursa: Emperor Constantine II beats Emperor Magnentius, Magnentius retreats to Gaul
  • 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.

Norman Invasion of England

1066 William the Conqueror, then Duke of Normandy, lands at Pevensey Bay in Sussex, beginning the Norman conquest of England

Victory in Battle

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
  • 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

  • 1569 Istanbul experiences its greatest fire of the century after a blaze that starts in a Jewish bakery goes on to destroy 36,000 buildings over eight days

Victory in Battle

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

  • 1644 Knights of Malta attack Ottoman convoy of ships that include Chief Black Eunuch and pilgrims for Mecca, killing or selling all into slavery, brings about the Cretan War a year later
  • 1652 English-Dutch sea battle at Kentish Knock
  • 1687 Venetians take Athens from the Turks
  • 1701 Divorce legalized in Maryland
  • 1760 Russian & Austrian armies occupy Berlin
  • 1767 VOC government bans importation of South-East Asian slaves into the Cape because they are considered dangerous (not observed) [1]

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
  • 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
  • 1920 Dirk Fock appointed as governor-general of Dutch East Indies
  • 1923 Abyssinia (Ethiopia) leaves League of Nations
  • 1923 Radio Times 1st published
  • 1924 2 US Army planes end around-world flight, Seattle to Seattle, 57 stops
  • 1924 French government names General 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

Historic Event

1928 Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler

  • 1928 UK passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.

Historic Event

1928 US acknowledge Chinese government of Chiang Kai-shek

  • 1928 Valentin Katayev's "Kvadratura Kruga" premieres in Moscow
  • 1929 1st CF interception return for a touchdown (Joe Hess-U of Alberta)
  • 1931 200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan in Peking

Historic Event

1937 FDR dedicates Bonneville Dam on Columbia River (Oregon)

  • 1938 Clare Boothe's "Boys Goodbye" premieres in NYC
  • 1938 Dutch Prime Minister Hendrikus Colijn sends radio message "No war coming"
  • 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

  • 1940 Nazi occupiers present "New Dutch Culture" in German
  • 1942 Luftwaffe bombs Stalingrad
  • 1944 Nazi forces begin killing civilians in the Italian village of Marzabotto


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

  • 1945 Canadian football's Calgary Bronks changes its name to Stampeders
  • 1945 Robert T Duncan appears as Tonio in "I Pagliacci"
  • 1950 Indonesia becomes 60th member of UN
  • 1953 Dutch government proclaims 5% general pay increase on Jan 1, 1954
  • 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

Theater Premiere

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

  • 1959 Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around Earth
  • 1960 "Sunrise at Campobello" premieres at Palace theater
  • 1961 Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
  • 1961 USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m
  • 1962 Alouette (Canada), 1st Canadian satellite, launched
  • 1962 Paddington tram depot fire destroys 65 trams in Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1963 Giuseppe Cantarella roller-skates record 25.78 mph (415 k) for 440 yds
  • 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 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 Chuck Hixson (Southern Methodist) completes 37 of record 69 passes
  • 1968 Marisa Danisi of West Germany roller skates record 21.995 miles in 1 hr
  • 1969 Minnesota vs Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
  • 1969 SPD wins West German Parliament elections

Historic Event

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

  • 1971 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty after 15 years refuge in US Embassy in Budapest is allowed to leave the country
  • 1971 UK passes the Misuse of Drugs Act banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
  • 1972 Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
  • 1973 ITT Building in New York City bombed to protest ITT's involvement in the September 11 1973 coup d'état in Chile.
  • 1973 Palestinian Terrorists hijack Austrian train

Historic Event

1974 US 1st Lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy

  • 1975 Bill authorizes admission of women to military academies
  • 1975 The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people were taken as hostages, takes place in London.
  • 1976 US Congress passes Toxic Substances Control Act
  • 1978 Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord
  • 1978 Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon

Historic Event

1980 Carl Sagan's 13 part "Cosmos" premieres on PBS

  • 1980 Jaromir Wagner is 1st to fly Atlantic standing on wing
  • 1981 Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City
  • 1982 1st reports appear of death from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules
  • 1982 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 505
  • 1983 STS-9 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1984 1st floodlit ODI outside of Australia (India v Aust, New Delhi)
  • 1985 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-12
  • 1985 Riots in Brixton, London, rompted by police shooting of Dorothy Groce by police
  • 1988 Bronx Museum for Arts opens
  • 1990 Exiled emir of Kuwait visits White House
  • 1991 "Shiny Happy People" by REM peaks to #10
  • 1991 UN weapons inspectors ends 5-day standoff with Iraq
  • 1992 Pakistani Airbus A-300 crashes into mountain at Kathmandu, 167 dies
  • 1993 Gas field in Caracas explodes, 53 killed
  • 1993 Ron Wood releases "Slide On Live"
  • 1994 909 people die when an Estonian ferry capsizes & sinks in Baltic sea
  • 1995 Frenchman Bob Denard and a group of mercenaries take the islands of Comoros (off of southeast Africa) in a coup

Historic Event

1995 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat sign the Oslo 2 Accord to transfer West Bank to the PLO (Taba, Egypt)

  • 1996 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team & Sri Lanka
  • 1996 Joyce Giraud, crowned 8th Ms Venus Swimwear
  • 1996 Nebraska & Penn State are 5th & 6th major colleges to win 700

Historic Event

2000 Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Historic Event

2008 SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

  • 2009 The military junta leading Guinea, headed by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, sexually assaulted, killed and wounded protesters during a protest rally in a stadium called Stade du 28 Septembre.
  • 2012 Aircraft crash kills 16 people in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2012 Nigeria suspends flights to Saudi Arabia after hundreds of Nigerian women travelled without a male escort
  • 2013 27 villagers are killed by Boko Harem in northeast Nigeria
  • 2013 Hawthorn defeats Fremantle to win the 2013 Australian Rules Premiership
  • 2015 DNA controllers for the age women go into menopause announced in "Nature Genetics" by research team from Exeter and Cambridge universities
  • 2015 NASA scientists announce the discovery of flowing water on Mars
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew forms near the Windward Islands, will go on to kill over 1000 in Haiti, the Caribbean and the US
  • 2018 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits just off island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, setting off a tsunami that hits cities of Donggala and Palu, at least 1649 people killed
  • 2018 Up to 50 million Facebook accounts hacked due to a code weakness
  • 2019 Elon Musk unveils SpaceX spacecraft Starship, designed to travel to Mars and the solar system and land back on earth
  • 2019 Hurricane Lorenzo becomes 1st category 5 storm to be recorded so far north and east, 1,420 miles southwest of the Azores
  • 2020 COVID-19 recorded global death toll passes 1 million with over 33 million known cases (Johns Hopkins)
  • 2021 Russia reports its highest daily COVID-19 death toll of 852 amid its third wave of infections with less than half of the population vaccinated with one dose [1]
  • 2021 US National Inventors Hall of Fame announces it will induct two Black women for the first time; Engineer Marian Croak and ophthalmologist Dr. Patricia Bath
  • 2022 Bank of England forced to step in to calm markets after mini-budget with tax-cuts by Kwasi Kwarteng drives the pound to its lowest level against the US dollar (close to $1.03) [1]
  • 2022 Hurricane Ian makes landfall as a high-end category 4 hurricane near Cayo Costa, Florida with winds at 150mph (National Hurricane Center), will go on to kill at least 148 people in FloridaS