This Day in History

Today is Friday, September 28th, the 271st day of the year.  There are 94 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1891, novelist Herman Melville died at the age of 72.  He is best known for writing "Moby Dick."

In 1914, businessman Richard Sears died at the age of 50.  He is the founder of Sears and Roebuck.

In 1920, eight members of baseball's Chicago White Sox were indicted for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series.

In 1955, NBC Television broadcast the World Series in color for the first time.

In 1964, actor, comedian Harpo Marx died at the age of 75.

In 1968, the Beatles topped the charts with their hit "Hey Jude."  The tune stayed at the top of the charts for nine weeks.

In 1982, the first deaths in the Chicago area from Extra-strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide were reported.  Seven people died.  The case resulted in tamper-proof packaging for consumer products.

In 1991, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis died at the age of 65. 

In 1991, the album, "Ropin' The Wind" by Garth Brooks became the first country album to debut at number one on "Billboard's" pop music charts.

In 2003, stage and film director Elia Kazan died in New York at the age of 94.  Kazan made film classics such as "On The Waterfront," "East of Eden" and "A Streetcar Named Desire." 

In 2005, a Texas grand jury handed up one charge of criminal conspiracy against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.  The charge stemmed from a probe into a political action committee founded by the Texas lawmaker. 

In 2006, the U.S. House passed controversial legislation approving President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program.  The program gave the President authority to conduct wiretaps without court approval, but mandated that he report to Congress on such activities.

In 2015, NASA announced they have strong evidence to believe there's flowing salt water on Mars.  NASA says it's a big step to determining whether there's life on Mars, and how that life may survive in the harsh conditions of that planet.

In 2015, Trevor Noah made his debut as the new host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."  His start brought in over three-point-four million viewers across all Viacom's networks.


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