This day in history

Today is Friday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2017. There are 93 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Conductor Richard Bonynge is 87. Writer-director Robert Benton is 85. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 82. Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, is 75. Actor Ian McShane is 75. Jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty is 75. Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa is 74. Composer Mike Post is 73. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 69. Olympic gold medal runner Sebastian Coe is 61. Singer Suzzy Roche is 61. Comedian-actor Andrew ‘‘Dice’’ Clay is 60. Actor Roger Bart is 55. Actress Chrissy Metz is 37.

In 1789, the US War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.


In 1829, London’s reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty.

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In 1938, British, French, German and Italian leaders concluded the Munich Agreement, which was aimed at appeasing Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.

In 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship HMS Nelson off Malta.

In 1957, the San Francisco-bound New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-1. The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game before moving to Los Angeles, losing to the Phillies 2-1 in Philadelphia.

In 1976, the John Hancock Tower in Boston was dedication, five years later than its anticipated opening.


In 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with deadly cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the Chicago area. (To date, the case remains unsolved.)

In 2005, John G. Roberts Jr. was sworn in as the nation’s 17th chief justice after winning Senate confirmation.

In 2012, Omar Khadr, the last Western detainee held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, returned to Canada after a decade in custody.

Last year, a New Jersey Transit commuter train slammed into the Hoboken station, killing one person and injuring more than 100.