Today in History: September 28

Today in History: September 28

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0048

On landing in Egypt, Pompey is murdered on the orders of Ptolemy.

0855

The Emperor Lothar dies in Gaul, and his kingdom is divided between his three sons.

1066

William, Duke of Normandy, soon to be known as William the Conqueror invades England.

1106

King Henry of England defeats his brother Robert at the Battle of Tinchebrai and reunites England and Normandy.

1238

James of Aragon retakes Valencia, Spain, from the Arabs.

1607

Samuel de Champlain and his colonists return to France from Port Royal Nova Scotia.

1794

The Anglo-Russian-Austrian Alliance of St. Petersburg, which is directed against France, is signed.

1864

Union General William Rosecrans blames his defeat at Chickamauga on two of his subordinate generals. They are later exonerated by a court of inquiry.

1874

Colonel Ronald Mackenzie raids a war camp of Comanche and Kiowa at the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, slaughtering 2,000 of their horses.

1904

A woman is placed under arrest for smoking a cigarette on New York's Fifth Avenue.

1912

W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues" is published.

1913

Race riots in Harriston, Mississippi, kill 10 people.

1924

Three U.S. Army aircraft arrive in Seattle, Washington after completing a 22-day round-the-world flight.

1928

Sir Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin when he notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory; it remained for Howard Florey and Ernst Chain to isolate the active ingredient, allowing the "miracle drug" to be developed in the 1940s.

1939

Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a division of Poland; Warsaw surrenders to German troops.

1958

France ratifies a new constitution.

1959

Explorer VI, the U.S. satellite, takes the first video pictures of earth.

1961

Military coup in Damascus ends the Egypt-Syria union known as the United Arab Republic that was formed Feb. 1, 1958.

1963

Roy Lichtenstein's pop art work Whaam!, depicting in comic-book style a US jet shooting down an enemy fighter, is exhibited for the first time; it will become one of the best known examples of pop art.

1995

Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat sign an interim agreement concerning settlement on the Gaza Strip.

1996

Afghanistan's former president (1986-92) Mohammad Najibullah tortured and murdered by the Taliban.

2008

SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft, Falcon 1.