Today in History
Today is Tuesday, September 27, the 270th day of 2022. There are 95 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On September 27, 1996, in Afghanistan, the Taliban, a band of former seminary students, ousted the government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani from Kabul, took the capital and executed the former leader Najibullah.
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In 1779, John Adams was appointed by Congress to negotiate the terms of the Revolutionary War peace with Britain.
In 1825, the first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson in England.
In 1854, the first major disaster involving a passenger ship in the Atlantic Ocean occurred when the steamer SS Arctic sank off Newfoundland; of over 400 people on board, only 86 survived.
In 1928, the United States declared that it recognized the Chinese Nationalist government.
In 1939, Warsaw, Poland surrendered after weeks of resisting the invading forces of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II.
In 1956, Olympic track and field gold medalist and Hall of Fame golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias died in Galveston, Texas at the age of 45.
In 1964, the government released the Warren Commission report, which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In 1979, Congress gave final approval to the formation of the United States Department of Education.
In 1991, President George HW Bush announced in a nationally broadcast speech that he was eliminating all US nuclear weapons from the battlefield and called on the Soviet Union to do the same. The Senate Judiciary Committee is deadlocked, 7-7, over the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court.
In 1994, more than 350 Republican candidates for Congress gathered on the steps of the United States Capitol to sign the “Contract with America”, a 10-point platform they pledged to adopt if the voters were sending a GOP majority to the House.
In 1999, Senator John McCain of Arizona officially opened his campaign for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, the same day former Vice President Dan Quayle dropped out of his bid for the White House.
In 2018, during a day-long hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford said she was “100%” certain she had been sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. when they were teenagers, and Kavanaugh later told senators he was “100% certain” he had done no such thing; Republicans quickly scheduled a recommendation vote for the following morning.
Ten years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly that the world only had months to stop Iran before it could build a nuclear bomb. NFL referees returned to the field after an interim agreement with the league ended a lockout; the games had been marred by controversy, blown calls and confusion as substitute referees officiated in the first three weeks of the season.
Five years ago: President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans unveiled the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax code in a generation, a plan that included deep corporate tax cuts, tax brackets simplified and a virtual doubling of the standard deduction. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has died aged 91.
A year ago: A Texas judge found Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones liable for damages in defamation lawsuits brought by the parents of two children killed in the elementary school massacre of Sandy Hook for his claims that the shooting was a hoax; the cases would be tried by juries to determine how much damages Jones and the other defendants should pay the families. (In August 2022, a jury ordered Jones to pay more than $49 million to the parents of a child who was killed.) R&B superstar R. Kelly has been convicted in a New York sex trafficking trial , after decades of avoiding criminal liability for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. (Kelly was sentenced in June 2022 to 30 years in prison.) Ford and a partner company announced plans to build three major electric vehicle battery plants and an automobile assembly plant by 2025 in Kentucky. and Tennessee.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Kathleen Nolan turns 89. Actor Claude Jarman Jr. is 88 years old. Author Barbara Howar is 88 years old. World Golf Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth is 83. Singer-musician Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is 79 years old. Actor Liz Torres is 75 years old. Actor A Martinez is 74 years old. Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is 73 years old. Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is 72 years old. Opera actor/singer Anthony Laciura is 71 years old. Singer Shaun Cassidy is 64 years old. Comedian Marc Maron is 59 years old. Rock singer Stephan (Stee’-fan) Jenkins (Third Eye Blind) is 58 years old. Former Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is 56. Actor Patrick Muldoon is 54 years old. Singer Mark Calderon is 52 years old. Actor Amanda Detmer is 51 years old. Actor Gwyneth Paltrow is 50 years old. Indira Varma is 49 years old. Rock singer Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down) is 44 years old. Christian rock musician Grant Brandell (Underoath) is 41 years old. Actor Anna Camp is 40 years old. Rapper Lil’ Wayne is 40 years old. Singer Avril Lavigne (AV’-rihl la -VEEN’) is 38 years old. Bluegrass singer/musician Sierra Hull is 31 years old. Actor Sam Lerner is 30 years old. Actor Ames McNamara is 15.
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