Events, Births and Deaths Happening on this Date

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Today is the 273rd day of 2020.  There are 92 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1789
The U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
1829
London's reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty.
1902
Impresario David Belasco opened his first Broadway theater.
1918
Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line during World War I.
1943
General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson off Malta
1954
New York Giants centerfielder Willie Mays made a spectacular running catch with his back to home plate on a 450-foot blast by Cleveland Indians batter Vic Wertz in the opening game of the World Series. It is widely considered to be the greatest catch ever
1957
The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1. The Giants moved to San Francisco for the next season.
1963
The second session of Second Vatican Council opened in Rome.
1978
Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
1988
The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., marking America's return to manned space flight following the Challenger disaster.
1989
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of battery for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer who had pulled over her Rolls-Royce for expired license plates. (Gabor served three days in jail.)
1995
The O.J. Simpson trial was sent to the jury.
1995
Three U.S. servicemen were indicted in the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawa girl and handed over to Japanese authorities. (They were later convicted.)
2000
Israeli riot police stormed a major Jerusalem shrine and opened fire on stone-throwing Muslim worshippers, killing four Palestinians and wounding175.

Notable Births

1758
English Admiral Horatio Nelson was born.

Notable Deaths

1982
Seven people in the Chicago area died after unwittingly taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide.
1998
Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley died at age 80.