updated 9/28/2006 12:00:41 AM ET 2006-09-28T04:00:41

Today is Thursday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2006. There are 94 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 28, 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne.

On this date:
In 1542, Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego.

In 1781, American forces in the Revolutionary War, backed by a French fleet, began their siege of Yorktown Heights, Va.

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

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

In 1924, two U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle, Wash., having completed the first round-the-world flight in 175 days.

In 1939, during World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed on a plan to partition Poland.

In 1974, first lady Betty Ford underwent a mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, following discovery of a cancerous lump in her breast.

In 1976, Muhammad Ali kept his world heavyweight boxing championship with a close 15-round decision over Ken Norton at New York’s Yankee Stadium.

In 1989, deposed Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii at age 72.

In 1991, jazz great Miles Davis died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 65.

Ten years ago: With the United States abstaining, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution indirectly calling on Israel to close an archaeological tunnel in Jerusalem that had touched off fighting between Israelis and Palestinians. Landmark legislation to crack down on illegal immigrants in the United States won House passage as part of a giant federal spending bill.

Five years ago: President Bush told reporters the United States was in “hot pursuit” of terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks. The U.N. Security Council approved a sweeping resolution sponsored by the United States requiring all 189 U.N.-member nations to deny money, support and sanctuary to terrorists.

One year ago: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of conspiring to violate political fundraising laws. A woman disguised as a man slipped into a line of Iraqi army recruits and detonated explosives strapped to her body, killing at least six recruits in the first known suicide attack by a woman in Iraq’s insurgency. The U.S. Treasury unveiled the new $10 bill, featuring splashes of red, yellow and orange.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor William Windom is 83. Actor Arnold Stang is 81. Blues singer Koko Taylor is 78. Actress Brigitte Bardot is 72. Singer Ben E. King is 68. Actor Joel Higgins is 63. Singer Helen Shapiro is 60. Actor Jeffrey Jones is 60. Movie writer-director-actor John Sayles is 56. Actress Sylvia Kristel is 54. Rock musician George Lynch is 52. Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo is 42. Country singer Matt King is 40. Actress Mira Sorvino is 39. TV personality Moon Zappa is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sean Levert (Levert) is 38. Actress-model Carre Otis is 38. Actress Naomi Watts is 38. Country singer Mandy Barnett is 31. Actress Hilary Duff is 19. Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak is 14.

Thought for Today: “The conventional notions of happiness cannot possibly be taken seriously by anyone whose intellectual or moral development has progressed beyond that of a three-week-old puppy.” — John W. Gardner, U.S. government official (1912-2002).

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