Today in History

  • Tue Sep 28th, 2010 9:37pm
  • Life

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2010. There are 93 days left in the year.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

On Sept. 29, 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

ON THIS DATE

In 1938, British, French, German and Italian leaders concluded the Munich Agreement, which was aimed at appeasing Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.

In 1960, the situation comedy “My Three Sons,” starring Fred MacMurray, premiered on ABC.

In 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment

In 1980, The Washington Post published “Jimmy’s World,” a feature article about an 8-year-old heroin addict that went on to win a Pulitzer Prize; however, the story turned out to have been totally fabricated by the reporter, Janet Cooke.

In 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the Chicago area. (To date, the case remains unsolved.)

In 2009, New York City terrorism suspect Najibullah Zazi pleaded not guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in what authorities said was a planned attack on commuter trains. Zazi later pleaded guilty.

Associated Press