This day in history

Today is Thursday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2017. There are 94 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actress Brigitte Bardot is 83. Writer-director John Sayles is 67. Actress Mira Sorvino is 50. Actress Naomi Watts is 49. Golf Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak is 40. Actress Hilary Duff is 30.

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


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

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In 1850, flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the Navy.

In 1914, the First Battle of the Aisne during World War I ended inconclusively.

In 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective antibiotic.

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 1958, voters in the African country of Guinea overwhelmingly favored independence from France.

In 1967, Walter E. Washington was sworn in as the first mayor-commissioner of the District of Columbia following his appointment by President Johnson.

In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat signed an accord at the White House ending Israel’s military occupation of West Bank cities and laying the foundation for a Palestinian state.

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.)

Last year, in a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts for its alleged backing of the attackers. Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, 93, died of complications from a stroke.