Today is Wednesday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2011. There are 94 days left in the year. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, begins at sunset.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 28, 1787, the Congress of the Confederation voted to send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state legislatures for their approval.
On this date:
In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne.
In 1542, Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego.
In 1850, flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.
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 1924, two U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle, having completed the first round-the-world flight in 175 days.
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 1961, "Dr. Kildare," starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, and "Hazel," starring Shirley Booth, premiered on NBC-TV.
In 1974, first lady Betty Ford underwent a mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, following discovery of a cancerous lump in her breast.
In 1989, deposed Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii at age 72.
In 1991, jazz great Miles Davis died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 65.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush told reporters the United States was in "hot pursuit" of terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks. The U.N. Security Council approved a sweeping resolution sponsored by the United States requiring all 189 U.N. member nations to deny money, support and sanctuary to terrorists.
Five years ago: Al-Qaida in Iraq's leader, in a chilling audiotape, called for nuclear scientists to join his group's holy war and urged insurgents to kidnap Westerners so they could be traded for a blind Egyptian sheik serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison.
One year 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.
Today's Birthdays: Actor William Windom is 88. Actress Brigitte Bardot is 77. Singer Ben E. King is 73. Actor Joel Higgins is 68. Singer Helen Shapiro is 65. Movie writer-director-actor John Sayles is 61. Actress Sylvia Kristel is 59. Rock musician George Lynch is 57. Zydeco singer-musician C.J. Chenier is 54. Actor Steve Hytner is 52. Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo is 47. Country singer Matt King is 45. Actress Mira Sorvino is 44. TV personality Moon Zappa is 44. Actress-model Carre Otis is 43. Actress Naomi Watts is 43. Country musician Chuck Crawford is 38. Country singer Mandy Barnett is 36. Rapper Young Jeezy is 34. World Golf Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak is 34. Actor Peter Cambor is 33. Writer-producer-director-actor Bam Margera is 32. Actress Hilary Duff is 24. Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak is 19. Actor Keir Gilchrist is 19.
Thought for Today: "A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth." -- Thomas Mann, German writer (1875-1955).
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