Today in History

Today is Wednesday, September 28, the 271st day of 2022. There are 94 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On September 28, 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective antibiotic.

To this date :

In 1781, American forces in the Revolutionary War, supported by a French fleet, began their successful siege of Yorktown, Virginia.

In 1841 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow completed his poem “Excelsior”.

In 1850, flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the United States Navy.

In 1920, eight members of the Chicago White Sox were indicted for allegedly starting the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. (All were acquitted at trial, but all eight were banned from the game for life.)

In 1924, three US Army planes landed in Seattle, having completed the first circumnavigation of the globe in 175 days.

In 1939, during World War II, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a treaty calling for the partition of Poland, which both countries had invaded.

In 1958, voters in the African country of Guinea were overwhelmingly in favor of independence from France.

In 1962, a federal appeals court found Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett guilty of civil contempt for blocking the admission of James Meredith, a black student, to the University of Mississippi. (Federal marshals escorted Meredith to campus two days later.)

In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat signed an agreement at the White House ending Israel’s military occupation of West Bank cities and laying the foundations for a Palestinian state.

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

In 2019, Afghan voters went to the polls to elect a president for the fourth time since a US-led coalition toppled 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 electoral commission announced months later that Ashraf Ghani had won a second term as president.)

In 2020, the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped one million, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Ten years ago: Citing national security risks, President Barack Obama blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base where the U.S. military flew unmanned drones and electronic warfare aircraft on training missions.

Five years ago: The Trump administration said its relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria were successful, though island residents said aid was scarce and disorganized. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the House chamber for the first time since he was injured three months earlier by a gunman who opened fire on a Republican baseball practice.

A year ago: In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the 20-year war in Afghanistan a “strategic failure” and said that he favored the retention of several thousand soldiers. country to prevent a collapse of the US-backed government and a rapid takeover by the Taliban. Barack and Michelle Obama dig shovels into the ground during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center along Lake Michigan in Chicago, near the Obama family home. A man who shot and killed five people at a Maryland newspaper in 2018 has been sentenced to more than five life terms without the possibility of parole.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Brigitte Bardot is 88 years old. Actor Joel Higgins is 79 years old. Singer Helen Shapiro is 76 years old. Actor Vernee Watson is 73 years old. Writer-director-actor John Sayles is 72 years old. Rock musician George Lynch is 68 years old. Chenier (sheh-NEER’) is 65 years old. Actor Steve Hytner is 63 years old. Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo (juh-NEEN’ guh-RAH’-fuh-loh) is 58 years old. Country singer Matt King is 56. Actress Mira Sorvino is 55 years old. TV personality/singer Moon Zappa is 55. Actor-model Carre Otis is 54 years old. Actress Naomi Watts is 54 years old. Country singer Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town) is 53 years old. Rapper Young Jeezy is 45 years old. The World Golf Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak turns 45. Actor Peter Cambor is 44 years old. Writer-producer-director-actor Bam Margera is 43 years old. Actor Melissa Claire Egan is 41 years old. -soul musician Luke Mossman (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats) is 41 years old. Pop-rock singer St. Vincent is 40 years old. Comedian/actor Phoebe Robinson is 38 years old. Rock m Musician Daniel Platzman (Imagine Dragons) is 36 years old. Actor Hilary Duff is 35 years old. Actor Keir Gilchrist is 30 years old.

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