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.
The U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
London's reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty.
Impresario David Belasco opened his first Broadway theater.
Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line during World War I.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson off Malta
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
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.
The second session of Second Vatican Council opened in Rome.
Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., marking America's return to manned space flight following the Challenger disaster.
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.)
The O.J. Simpson trial was sent to the jury.
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.)
Israeli riot police stormed a major Jerusalem shrine and opened fire on stone-throwing Muslim worshippers, killing four Palestinians and wounding175.
English Admiral Horatio Nelson was born.
Seven people in the Chicago area died after unwittingly taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley died at age 80.