Today in History: September 27

Today in History: September 27

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1540

The Society of Jesus, a religious order under Ignatius Loyola, is approved by the Pope.

1669

The island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea falls to the Ottoman Turks after a 21-year siege.

1791

Jews in France are granted French citizenship.

1864

Confederate guerrilla Bloody Bill Anderson and his henchmen, including a teenage Jesse James, massacre 20 unarmed Union soldiers at Centralia, Missouri. The event becomes known as the Centralia Massacre.

1869

Wild Bill Hickok, sheriff of Hays City, Kan., shoots down Samuel Strawhim, a drunken teamster causing trouble.

1916

Constance of Greece declares war on Bulgaria.

1918

President Woodrow Wilson opens his fourth Liberty Loan campaign to support men and machines for World War I.

1920

Eight Chicago White Sox players are charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.

1939

Germany occupies Warsaw as Poland falls to Germany and the Soviet Union.

1942

Australian forces defeat the Japanese on New Guinea in the South Pacific.

1944

Thousands of British troops are killed as German forces rebuff their massive effort to capture the Arnhem Bridge across the Rhine River in Holland.

1950

U.S. Army and Marine troops liberate Seoul, South Korea.

1956

The U.S. Air Force Bell X-2, the world's fastest and highest-flying plane, crashes, killing the test pilot.

1964

The Warren Commission, investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, issues its report, stating its conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman.

1979

US Congress approves Department of Education as the 13th agency in the US Cabinet.

1983

Sukhumi massacre: Abkhaz separatist forces and their allies commit widespread atrocities against the civilian population in the USSR state of Georgia.

1996

The Taliban capture Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul.

2003

European Space Agency launches SMART-1 satellite to orbit the moon.

2007

NASA launches Dawn probe to explore and study the two larges objects of the asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres.

2008

Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese to walk in space; he was part of the Shenzhou 7 crew.