Today in History
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 29, 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
On this date:
In 1829, London's reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty.
In 1907, the foundation stone was laid for the Washington National Cathedral, which wasn't fully completed until this date in 1990.
In 1912, movie director Michelangelo Antonioni was born in Ferrara, Italy.
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 1957, the New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-1. (The Giants moved to San Francisco.)
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 cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the Chicago area. (To date, the case remains unsolved.)
In 1987, Henry Ford II, longtime chairman of Ford Motor Co., died in Detroit at age 70.
In 2005, John G. Roberts Jr. was sworn in as the nation's 17th chief justice after winning Senate confirmation.
Actress Lizabeth Scott is 92. Actress Anita Ekberg is 82. Writer-director Robert Benton is 81. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 78. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is 77. Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland, is 70. Television-film composer Mike Post is 69. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 65. Rock singer-musician Mark Farner is 65. Broadcast journalist Gwen Ifill is 58. Former child actor Ken Weatherwax (TV: "The Addams Family") is 58. Olympic gold medal runner Sebastian Coe is 57. Singer Suzzy Roche (The Roches) is 57. Comedian-actor Andrew "Dice" Clay is 56. Actress Erika Eleniak is 44. Actress Emily Lloyd is 43. Actress Natasha Gregson Wagner is 43. Actor Zachary Levi is 33. Rock musician Josh Farro is 26. Actor Doug Brochu is 23. Singer Phillip Phillips is 23. Actress Clara Mamet is 19.
Thought for Today
"Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both." -- Eleanor Roosevelt, American first lady (1884-1962)
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