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Today in history
Today is Wednesday, September 29, the 272nd day of 2021. There are 93 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On September 29, 1789, the US Department of War established a regular army of several hundred men.
To this date :
In 1829, London’s reorganized police force, known as Scotland Yard, entered service.
In 1918, Allied forces began their decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line during World War I.
In 1938, the British, French, German and Italian leaders concluded the Munich Agreement, which aimed to appease Adolf Hitler by authorizing the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia.
In 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship HMS Nelson off Malta.
In 1962, Canada joined the space age by launching the Alouette 1 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The musical “My Fair Lady” closed on Broadway after 2,717 performances.
In 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules containing deadly cyanide claimed the first of seven casualties in the Chicago area. (To this day, the case is still unresolved.)
In 1986, the Soviet Union freed Nicholas Daniloff, an American journalist confined for espionage.
In 2000, Israeli riot police stormed a major shrine in Jerusalem and opened fire on Muslim worshipers who were throwing stones, killing four Palestinians and injuring 175.
In 2001, President George W. Bush condemned the Afghan Taliban leadership for harboring Osama bin Laden and his supporters as the United States continued its military and diplomatic campaign against terrorism.
In 2005, John G. Roberts Jr. was sworn in as the nation’s 17th chief justice after being confirmed by the Senate.
In 2006, U.S. Representative Mark Foley, R-Fla., Resigned after being confronted with sexually explicit computer messages he sent to former House pages.
Ten years ago: Germany maintained hopes that the 17-nation euro could survive the debt crisis as lawmakers in Europe’s largest economy voted overwhelmingly in favor of expanding powers of the eurozone rescue fund.
Five years ago: A New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into Hoboken station, killing one and injuring more than 100 others.
A year ago: The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden turned into bitter taunts and near chaos, as Trump repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry and personal jabs and the two men were talking to each other. Trump refused to condemn the white supremacists who had backed him, telling one of those groups known as the Proud Boys to “step back, stand ready.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was buried in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The NFL experienced its first outbreak of COVID-19 in week four of the season, as three Tennessee Titans players and five other staff tested positive; the Titans’ next scheduled game against the Steelers would be postponed. Death claimed country star Mac Davis in Nashville and “I Am Woman” singer Helen Reddy in Los Angeles, both aged 78.
Today’s birthdays: conductor Richard Bonynge is 91 years old. Writer-director Robert Benton is 89 years old. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 86 years old. Soul-blues-gospel singer Sherman Holmes is 82 years old. Former Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Is 79. Actor Ian McShane is 79 years old. Jazz musician Jean-Luc Ponty is 79 years old. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa (lehk vah-WEN’-sah) is 78 years old. TV film composer Mike Post is 77 years old. Actor Patricia Hodge is 75 years old. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 73 years old. Singer-rock musician Mark Farner is 73 years old. Rock singer-musician Mike Pinera is 73 years old. Country singer Alvin Crow is 71 years old. Actor Drake Hogestyn is 68 years old. Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe is 65 years old. Singer Suzzy Roche (The Roches) is 65 years old. Comedian-actor Andrew “Dice” Clay is 64 years old. Rock singer John Payne (Asia) is 63 years old. Actor Roger Bart is 59 years old. Singer-musician Les Claypool is 58 years old. Actress Jill Whelan is 55 years old. Actor Ben Miles is 55 years old. Actor Luke Goss is 53 years old. Actor Erika Eleniak is 52 years old. R&B singer Devante Swing (Jodeci) is 52 years old. Country singer Brad Cotter (TV: “Nashville Star”) is 51 years old. Actor Emily Lloyd is 51 years old. Actor Natasha Gregson Wagner is 51 years old. Actor Rachel Cronin is 50 years old. Country musician Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) is 48 years old. Actor Alexis Cruz is 47 years old. Actor Zachary Levi is 41 years old. Actor Chrissy Metz (TV: “This Is Nous”) is 41 years old. Actor Kelly McCreary (TV: “Grey’s Anatomy”) is 40 years old. Rock musician Josh Farro is 34 years old. NBA star Kevin Durant is 33. Actor Doug Brochu is 31 years old. Singer Phillip Phillips is 31 years old. Pop singer Halsey is 27 years old. Actress Clara Mamet is 27 years old.
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