This Day in History

Today is Thursday, September 27th, the 270th day of the year.  There are 95 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1919, the Democratic National Committee voted to admit women.

In 1921, children's author Engelbert Humperdinck died at the age of 67.  He is responsible for "Hansel and Gretel."

In 1954, "The Tonight Show" debuted on NBC.  The show was hosted by comedian Steve Allen.

In 1964, the Warren Commission issued their report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  The report concluded Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in the November 1963 assassination.

In 2011, opening statements began in the trial for Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray.  The proceedings began with prosecutors showing a picture of the singer laying lifeless on a hospital gurney.  Prosecutors also played an audio recording of Jackson sounding incoherent in a drugged state. 

In 2013, President Obama shared that he had a phone conversation with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani [[ roo-HAN-ee ]]. It was the first direct conversation between an American president and an Iranian counterpart since the late 1970s.

In 2015, Pope Francis left the U.S. to head back to the Vatican.  The pope's six-day visit wrapped up on this day in Philadelphia, with an outdoor Mass.  To loud applause, The Pope concluded by saying "may God bless you all, God bless America." 

In 2017, Hugh Hefner died at the age of 91.  The "Playboy" founder passed away from natural causes at the Playboy Mansion near Beverly Hills, California.

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