Archive for September 28th, 2008
Events on this date:
1781 American forces, backed by a French fleet, began the siege of Yorktown Heights, Va., during the Revolutionary War,
1787 Congress voted to send the Constitution to state legislatures for their approval.
1850 Flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.
It was on this day in 1066 that William the Conqueror of Normandy arrived on British soil. He defeated the British in the Battle of Hastings on October 14, and on Christmas Day, he was crowned King of England in Westminster Abby. What is the link between that event and words like “religion,” “prayer,” and “preach.” Read more in today’s Writer’s Almanac.
Other people birthday partying today…
R&B singer Ben E. King turns 70
Moon Zappa (I remember him as “Moon Unit Zappa,” but… I could remember incorrectly) turns 41. (Maybe you can’t be “Moon Unit” at 41?)
Actress, singer (“Lizzie McGuire”) Hilary Duff turns 21
And others born on this date through history:
One of my personal heros was born on this date: On Sept. 28, 1901, Ed Sullivan, who entertained millions of Americans with his long-running Sunday night variety show, was born. (More over on Wikipedia, of course.)
Also William Paley (9/28/1901 – 10/26/1990), the American broadcaster who led CBS for over 50 years.