This Date In His­tory

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To­day in His­tory

To­day is Mon­day, Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2020. There are 94 days left in the year. To­day’s High­light in His­tory: On Sept. 28, 1928, Scot­tish med­i­cal re­searcher Alexan­der Flem­ing dis­cov­ered peni­cillin, the first ef­fec­tive an­tibi­otic.

On this date:

In 1066, Wil­liam the Con­queror in­vaded Eng­land to claim the English throne. In 1781, Amer­i­can forces in the Revo­lu­tion­ary War, backed by a French fleet, be­gan their suc­cess­ful siege of York­town, Va.

In 1787, the Con­gress 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 1892, the first night­time foot­ball game took place in Mans­field, Penn­syl­va­nia, as teams from Mans­field State Nor­mal and Wy­oming Sem­i­nary played un­der elec­tric lights to a score­less tie. In 1920, eight mem­bers of the Chicago White Sox were in­dicted for al­legedly throw­ing the 1919 World Se­ries against the Cincin­nati Reds. (All were ac­quit­ted at trial, but all eight were banned from the game for life.) In 1962, a fed­eral ap­peals court found Mississipp­i Gov. Ross Bar­nett in civil con­tempt for block­ing the ad­mis­sion of James Mered­ith, a Black student, to the Univer­sity of Mississipp­i. (Fed­eral mar­shals es­corted Mered­ith onto the cam­pus two days later.)

In 1964, co­me­dian Harpo Marx, 75, died in Los An­ge­les.

In 1976, Muham­mad Ali kept his world heavy­weight boxing cham­pi­onship with a close 15-round de­ci­sion over Ken Norton at New York’s Yan­kee Sta­dium.

In 1989, de­posed Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand E. Mar­cos died in ex­ile in Hawaii at age 72.

In 1995, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chair­man Yasser Arafat signed an ac­cord at the

White House end­ing Is­rael’s mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion of West Bank cities and lay­ing the foun­da­tion for a Pales­tinian state.

In 2000, cap­ping a 12-year bat­tle, the govern­ment ap­proved use of the abor­tion pill RU-486.

Ten years ago: The youngest son of North Korean Pres­i­dent Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, was se­lected for his first lead­er­ship post in the rul­ing Work­ers Party, putting him well on the path to suc­ceed his fa­ther. Movie di­rec­tor Arthur Penn (“Bon­nie and Clyde”) died in New York a day after turn­ing 88.

Five years ago: Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, meet­ing at the United Na­tions, agreed to dis­cuss a po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion in Syria but re­mained at odds about what that would mean for Syria leader Bashar As­sad’s fu­ture. Former prison worker Joyce Mitchell, who’d helped two mur­der­ers es­cape from a max­i­mum-se­cu­rity lockup, said she re­gret­ted her “hor­ri­ble mis­take” as she was sen­tenced in Platts­burgh, New York, to up to seven years be­hind bars. Trevor Noah de­buted as host of “The Daily Show” on Com­edy Cen­tral. Frankie Ford, 76, a rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues singer whose 1959 hit “Sea Cruise” brought him in­ter­na­tional fame at age 19, died in Jef­fer­son Par­ish, Louisiana. One year ago: A mas­sive prodemoc­racy rally in downtown Hong Kong ended early and vi­o­lently, with po­lice fir­ing tear gas and a wa­ter can­non after pro­test­ers threw bricks and Molo­tov cock­tails at govern­ment build­ings. Voters in Afghanista­n went to the polls to elect a pres­i­dent for the fourth time since a U.S.-led coali­tion ousted the Tal­iban regime in 2001; the vote was marred by vi­o­lence, Tal­iban threats and wide­spread al­le­ga­tions of mis­man­age­ment. (After a se­ries of de­lays, the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dent elec­tion com­mis­sion an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary that Ashraf Ghani had won a sec­ond term as pres­i­dent.)

To­day’s Birthdays: Ac­tor Brigitte Bar­dot is 86. Ac­tor Joel Higgins is 77. Singer He­len Shapiro is 74. Ac­tor Vernee Wat­son is 71. Movie writer-di­rec­tor-ac­tor John

Sayles is 70. Rock mu­si­cian Ge­orge Lynch is 66. Zy­deco singer-mu­si­cian C.J. Che­nier (sheh-NEER’) is 63. Ac­tor Steve Hyt­ner is 61. Ac­tor­co­me­dian Janeane Garo­falo (juh-NEEN’ guh-RAH’-fuhloh) is 56. Coun­try singer Matt King is 54. Ac­tor Mira Sorvino is 53. TV per­son­al­ity/singer Moon Zappa is 53. Ac­tor-model Carre Otis is 52. Ac­tor Naomi Watts is

52. Coun­try singer Karen Fairchild (Lit­tle Big Town) is 51. Singer/song­writer A.J. Croce is 49. Coun­try singer Mandy Bar­nett is 45. Rap­per Young Jeezy is 43. World Golf Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak is 43. Ac­tor Peter Cam­bor is

42. Writer-pro­ducer-di­rec­tor-ac­tor Bam Marg­era is 41. Ac­tor Melissa Claire Egan is

39. Ac­tor Jer­rika Hin­ton is

39. Neo-soul mu­si­cian Luke Moss­man (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats ) is 39. Pop-rock singer St. Vin­cent is 38. Co­me­dian/ac­tor Phoebe Robinson is 36. Rock mu­si­cian Daniel Platz­man (Imag­ine Dragons) is 34. Ac­tor Hi­lary Duff is 33. Ac­tor Keir Gilchrist is 28.

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