What Happened On This Day – September 28
2008 Falcon 1 is launched
Falcon 1, the first privately supported and funded spacecraft, was launched into space on its fourth attempt by SpaceX.
1995 Israel and PLO Sign the Oslo II Accords
The Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, also known as the Taba Agreement, divided Gaza and West Bank into 3 areas, and gave limited control over some of these areas to the Palestinians. The Accord, which was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, also called for Palestinian elections.
1980 Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage Makes its Debut
The widely popular 13-episode science television documentary series was broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service. It was presented by astronomer Carl Sagan and written by Ann Druyan, Sagan, and Steven Soter. It was, and remains, one of the most watched science-based TV documentaries.
1961 Dissolution of the United Arab Republic
A coup in Damascus led to the dissolution of the United Arab Republic, which was a short-lived union between Syria and Egypt.
1924 First Flight Around the World
On April 6, 1924, 4 teams of pilots from the United States Army Air Service set out from Seattle, Washington in an attempt to circumnavigate the world. The 4 Douglas World Cruiser planes were named Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and New Orleans. 175 days later, Chicago and New Orleans touched down in Seattle – Boston and Seattle did not complete the 27,500-mile journey around the world.
Births On This Day – September 28
1968 Naomi Watts
1947 Sheikh Hasina
Bangladeshi politician, 10th Prime Minister of Bangladesh
1934 Brigitte Bardot
French actress, singer
1909 Al Capp
1907 Bhagat Singh
Deaths On This Day – September 28
2000 Pierre Trudeau
Canadian politician, 15th Prime Minister of Canada
1991 Miles Davis
American trumpet player, composer, bandleader
1978 Pope John Paul I
1895 Louis Pasteur
French chemist, microbiologist
1891 Herman Melville