today in history
Today is Thursday, September 29, the 272nd day of 2022. There are 93 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
On September 29, 1938, British, French, German, and Italian leaders signed the Munich Agreement, which was intended to appease Adolf Hitler by allowing the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia.
In this day:
In 1789, the US War Department established a regular army with a force of several hundred men.
In 1829, the reorganized London police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, came into service.
In 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship HMS Nelson off Malta.
In 1962, Canada joined the space age when it launched the Alouette 1 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The musical “My Fair Lady” closed on Broadway after 2,717 performances.
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, creating the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with deadly cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the Chicago area. (To date, the case remains unsolved.)
In 1986, the Soviet Union released Nicholas Daniloff, an American journalist held on espionage charges.
In 1989, actor Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of assault for slapping Beverly Hills police officer Paul Kramer after he stopped his Rolls-Royce for expired plates. (As part of his sentence, Gabor ended up serving three days in jail.)
In 2000, Israeli riot police stormed a major Jerusalem shrine and opened fire on stone-throwing Muslim worshipers, killing four Palestinians and wounding 175.
In 2005, John G. Roberts Jr. was sworn in as the nation’s 17th Chief Justice after obtaining Senate confirmation.
In 2020, the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden turned to bitter banter and near chaos, as Trump repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry, personal jabs and the two men talked to each other. Trump refused to condemn white supremacists who had supported him, telling one such group known as the Proud Boys to “stand back, stand by.”
Ten years ago: Omar Khadr, the last Western detainee held at the US military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, returned to Canada after a decade in custody. Former New York Times editor Arthur Ochs Sulzberger has died at the age of 86.
Five years ago: Tom Price resigned as President Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary amid investigations into his use of expensive charter flights for official travel at taxpayer expense. The United States warned Americans to stay away from Cuba and ordered more than half of the American diplomatic corps to return to Cuba; The administration began referring to the mysterious health ailments affecting Americans there as “attacks” rather than “incidents,” but acknowledged that neither Cuban nor American investigators could figure out who or what was responsible. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz accused the Trump administration of “killing us with inefficiency” after Hurricane Maria.
One year ago: In a major victory for pop star Britney Spears, a Los Angeles judge suspended the singer’s father from conservatorship that had controlled her life and money for 13 years, saying the arrangement reflected a “social environment.” toxic”. (The judge would end the guardianship weeks later.) Five-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller has pleaded guilty to one felony charge of storming the US Capitol during the January 6 riots. Former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has won the leadership election of Japan’s ruling party, putting him in line to become the country’s next prime minister.
Today’s Birthday: Director Richard Bonynge is 92 years old. Writer and director Robert Benton is 90 years old. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 87 years old. Soul-blues-gospel singer Sherman Holmes is 83 years old. NASA administrator and former Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is 80. Actor Ian McShane is 80. Jazz musician Jean-Luc Ponty is 80. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa (lehk vah-WEN’ -sah) is 79. Film and television composer Mike Post is 78. Actress Patricia Hodge is 76. TV Bryant Gumbel is 74 years old. Rock singer/musician Mark Farner is 74. Rock singer/musician Mike Pinera is 74. Country singer Alvin Crow is 72. Actor Drake Hogestyn is 69. Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe is 66. The singer Suzzy Roche (The Roches) is 66 years old. Comedian and actor Andrew “Dice” Clay is 65. Rock singer John Payne (Asia) is 64. Actor Roger Bart is 60. Singer and musician Les Claypool is 59. Actress Jill Whelan is 56. Actor Ben Miles is 56 years old. Actor Luke Goss is 54. Actress Erika Eleniak is 53. R&B singer Devante Swing (Jodeci) is 53 years old. Country singer Brad Cotter (TV: “Nashville Star”) is 52. Actress Emily Lloyd is 52. Actress Natasha Gregson Wagner is 52. Actress Rachel Cronin is 51. Country musician Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) is 49. Actor Alexis Cruz is 48. Actor Zachary Levi is 42. Actor Chrissy Metz (TV: “This Is Us”) is 42. Actor Kelly McCreary (TV: “Grey’s Anatomy”) is 41. The musician from rock Josh Farro is 35. NBA All-Star Kevin Durant is 34. Actor Doug Brochu is 32. Singer Phillip Phillips is 32. Pop singer Halsey is 28. Actress Clara Mamet is 28.