This day in history

This day in history

Friday, Sept. 28, is the 272d day of 2012. There are 94 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Brigitte Bardot is 78. Singer Ben E. King is 74. Filmmaker John Sayles is 62. Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo is 48. Actress Mira Sorvino is 45. TV personality Moon Zappa is 45. Model Carre Otis is 44. Actress Naomi Watts is 44. Rapper Young Jeezy is 35. Filmmaker Bam Margera is 33. Actress Hilary Duff is 25.

In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne.


In 1787, the Congress of the Confederation voted to send the just-completed Constitution to state legislatures for their approval.

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

In 1924, three US Army planes landed in Seattle, having completed the first round-the-world trip by air in 175 days.

In 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a treaty calling for the partitioning of Poland, which the two countries had invaded.

In 2007, the International Monetary Fund chose France’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn as its new leader. (Strauss-Kahn resigned the post in 2011 following allegations he’d sexually assaulted a New York hotel employee; prosecutors ended up dropping all the charges.)