THURSDAY IN HISTORY
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In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne.
In 1542, Portuguese navigatorJuanRodriguezCabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego.
In 1787, theCongress of the Confederation voted to send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state legislatures for their approval.
In 1850, flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.
In 1914, the First Battle of the Aisne during World War I ended inconclusively.
In 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective antibiotic.
In 1939, during World War II, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a treaty calling for the partitioning of Poland, which the two countries had invaded.
In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat signed an accord ending Israel’s military occupation of West Bank citiesandlayingthefoundation for a Palestinian state.
Ten years ago: The InternationalMonetary Fund chose France’s Dominique StraussKahn as its newleader.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama blocked a Chinese company fromowning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy basewhere theU.S. military flew unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.
One year ago: Democrats joined with Republicans to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Joel Higgins is 74. Actresscomedian Janeane Garofalo is 53. Actress Naomi Watts is 49. Rapper Young Jeezy is 40. Pop-rock singer St. Vincent is 35. Actress Hilary Duff is 30.
Thought for Today: “A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth.” — Thomas Mann, German writer (1875-1955).
On Sept. 28, 1892, the first nighttime football game took place in Mansfield, Pa., as teams from Mansfield State Normal and Wyoming Seminary played under electric lights to a scoreless tie. (The game was called after the first half due to hazardous conditions caused by inadequate illumination; it also didn’t help that a lighting pole was located in the middle of the field.)
Today is Thursday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2017. There are 94 days left in the year.