Today in History
48 BC On landing in Egypt, Pompey is murdered on the orders of Ptolemy.
855 The Emperor Lothar dies in Gaul, and his kingdom is divided between his three sons.
1066 William, Duke of Normandy, soon to be known as William the Conqueror invades England.
1106 King Henry of England defeats his brother Robert at the Battle of Tinchebrai and reunites England and Normandy.
1238 James of Aragon retakes Valencia, Spain, from the Arabs.
1607 Samuel de Champlain and his colonists return to France from Port Royal Nova Scotia.
1794 The Anglo-Russian-Austrian Alliance of St. Petersburg, which is directed against France, is signed.
1864 Union General William Rosecrans blames his defeat at Chickamauga on two of his subordinate generals. They are later exonerated by a court of inquiry.
1874 Colonel Ronald Mackenzie raids a war camp of Comanche and Kiowa at the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, slaughtering 2,000 of their horses.
1904 A woman is placed under arrest for smoking a cigarette on New York's Fifth Avenue.
1912 W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues" is published.
1913 Race riots in Harriston, Mississippi, kill 10 people.
1924 Three U.S. Army aircraft arrive in Seattle, Washington after completing a 22 day round-the-world flight.
1959 Explorer VI, the U.S. satellite, takes the first video pictures of earth.
Born on September 28
1820 Fredrich Engels, socialist who collaborated with Karl Marx on The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.
1901 Ed Sullivan, television host.
1909 Al Capp, cartoonist who created the "Li'l Abner" comic strip.
1915 Ethel Rosenburg, who, with her husband Julius, became one of the first American civilians executed for espionage.
1924 Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2).
1934 Brigitte Bardot, French actress.
1938 Ben E. King, lead singer of The Drifters and composer of "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand by Me."
1938 Koko Taylor, blues singer.