GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, September 28, the 272nd day of 2016 with 94 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:38 and sunset is @ 6:31. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1066 – England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.
1542 – San Diego, CA, was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
1687 – The Turks surrendered Athens to the Venetians.
1781 – During the Revolutionary War, American forces began the siege on Yorktown, VA.
1787 – The U.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.
1789 – In the U.S., the first Federal Congress passed a resolution that asked President George Washington to recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. Several days later Washington issued a proclamation that named Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a “Day of Publick Thanksgivin.” The fixed-date for Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday of November, was established on December 26, 1941.
1850 – The U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.
1850 – U.S. President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.
1892 – The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.
1915 – The British defeated the Turks in Mesopotamia at Kut-el-Amara.
1924 – The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle,WA. The trip took 175 days.
1936 – “Bachelor’s Children” debuted on CBS Radio.
1939 – During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed upon a plan on the division of Poland.
1939 – “Fleischmann Hour” aired for the last time on radio.
1944 – “The Boys From Boise” was shown on WABD in New York as the first full-length comedy written for television.
1950 – The United Nations admitted Indonesia.
1955 – The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1961 – “Dr. Kildare” premiered on NBC-TV.
1961 – “Hazel” premiered on NBC-TV.
1967 – The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.
1968 – The Atlanta Chiefs won the first North American Soccer League Championship.
1972 – Communist China and Japan agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.
1974 – First Lady Betty Ford underwent a mastectomy to remove a lump in her breast.
1978 – Heavy fighting occurred in Lebanon between Syrian peacekeeping troops and Lebanese Christian militiamen.
1978 – Don Sherman, editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record in Utah. Driving the Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.
1984 – Bob Hope showed outtakes of his 34 years in television on NBC.
1990 – The Game Boy handheld video game device was released in Europe.
1991 – In response to U.S. President Bush’s reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.
1995 – Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.
1997 – The 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY. The official debut of the DVD format was featured.
2000 – The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.
2004 – The U.S. Federal Reserve and the U.S. Secret Service introduced the first newly redesigned $50 bill.
2004 – Nate Olive and Sarah Jones arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border to complete the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They started the trek on June 8.
2009 – The iTunes Music Store reached 2 billion applications downloaded.