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Today in History — September 28

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Friday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2007. 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, 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 1967, Walter E. Washington was sworn in as the first mayor-commissioner of the District of Columbia (he’d been appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson).

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 1987, U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., announced in Denver that she would not run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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

Ten years ago: Swiss voters overwhelmingly endorsed their government’s liberal drug policies, including the controversial state distribution of heroin to hardened addicts. Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 58th home run on the final day of the regular season as his team beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1.

Five years ago: Iraq defiantly rejected a U.S.-British plan for the United Nations to force President Saddam Hussein to disarm and open his palaces for weapons searches. Finance leaders meeting in Washington directed the International Monetary Fund to work on new approach to resolving global debt crises. U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, a 12-term Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii, died in Honolulu at age 74.

One year ago: Al-Qaida in Iraq’s leader, in a chilling audiotape, called for nuclear scientists to join his group’s holy war and urged insurgents to kidnap Westerners so they could be traded for a blind Egyptian sheik who is serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor William Windom is 84. Actor Arnold Stang is 82. Blues singer Koko Taylor is 79. Actress Brigitte Bardot is 73. Singer Ben E. King is 69. Actor Joel Higgins is 64. Singer Helen Shapiro is 61. Actor Jeffrey Jones is 61. Movie writer-director-actor John Sayles is 57. Actress Sylvia Kristel is 55. Rock musician George Lynch is 53. Zydeco singer-musician C.J. Chenier is 50. Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo is 43. Country singer Matt King is 41. Actress Mira Sorvino is 40. TV personality Moon Zappa is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sean Levert (Levert) is 39. Actress-model Carre Otis is 39. Actress Naomi Watts is 39. Country musician Chuck Crawford is 34. Country singer Mandy Barnett is 32. Rapper Young Jeezy is 30. Actress Hilary Duff is 20. Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak is 15.

Thought for Today: “Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.” — Thomas Mann, German writer (1875-1955).