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28 Sept, 1918 - U.S.A. Spanish Flu Epidemic
1918 : In the worlds worst flu epidemic in history (called Spanish Flu because the first major outbreak causing multiple deaths was in Spain), an estimated 30 million people died worldwide. Philadelphia was the hardest hit city in the United States. After the Liberty Loan parade on September 28, thousands of people became infected causing the death of 12,000 in the city.

28 Sept, 1923 - England Schneider Seaplane Cup
1923 : This years Schneider Seaplane cup held each year along the sea front at Portsmouth England has been won by an American aircraft against the rest of the world in a time of 1 hr 12 minutes and 45 seconds, the numbers of aircraft competing this year increased yet again and crowds of spectators lined the beaches watching the race.
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28 Sept, 1924 - First Round The World Flight 175 Days
1924 : Two U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle, Washington, completing the first round-the-world flight in 175 days. The flight had begun from Seattle on April 6th with three aircraft named "Chicago, Boston, and New Orleans." The Boston came down while crossing the Atlantic. The Chicago flown by (Lt. Lowell Smith (pilot) and 1st Lt. Leslie Arnold) and the New Orleans flown by (Lt. Erik Nelson (pilot) and Lt. Jack Harding) completed the journey.
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28 Sept, 1928 - Alexander Fleming Discovers Penicillin
1928 : While working at his laboratory at St Mary's Hospital, London Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin by accident when he noticed that many of his culture dishes were contaminated with a fungus that had a positive anti bacterial effect on multiple organisms providing the basic block for the start of modern antibiotics. Many believe that the discovery of penicillin is one of the most important discoveries of the last century.
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28 Sept, 1946 - Vets learn To Fly / GI Bill Of Rights
1946 : An ever increasing number of returning World War II vets are learning to fly under the legislation provided by the GI Bill of Rights, with thousands across the country gaining private pilot licenses.

28 Sept, 1956 - Crackdown On Dope
1956 : A mass crackdown on dope users in New York with the narcotic division carrying out multiple raids across the area and arresting 102 men and women who are now in jail pending charges.

28 Sept, 1963 - U.S.A. Polio Vaccine
1963 : In one of the biggest undertakings in history against Polio the Sabin oral Polio Vaccine which is taken with a lump of sugar will commence countrywide tomorrow, the vaccine must be kept refrigerated prior to use and requires 6 doses to provide full immunization against the deadly disease.
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28 Sept, 1968 - U.S.A. Beatles "Hey Jude"
September 28th, 1968 : The Beatles single "Hey Jude" hits the top of the charts, it is over seven minutes long and was the longest song ever to hit No. 1, a record it holds to this day.

28 Sept, 1975 - Spaghetti House Siege In London
1975 : An armed robbery goes wrong at a Spaghetti House restaurant in Knightsbridge, London. The robbers then take nine staff hostage and demand a plane and safe passage to Jamaica. Hostages released on October 3rd.

28 Sept, 1976 - U.S.A. Muhammad Ali
September 28th, 1976 : Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton to retain the heavyweight championship of the world at Yankee Stadium today.
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28 Sept, 1978 - Vatican Pope John Paul I
1978 : Pope John Paul I died of a heart attack, just 33 days after he was elected pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
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28 Sept, 1981 - U.S.A. Disability Benefits
September 28th, 1981 : Up to 38% of all those claiming disability benefits could well be losing those benefits due to the new review of eligibility as part of a federal economy drive, it is believed as many as 500,000 people could lose benefits by the new eligibility rules.

28 Sept, 1985 - UK Brixton Riots
1985 : Riots have broken out in the Brixton area of London after a Cherry Groce a suspects mother is shot and injured by accident during a police search of a house in Brixton. Rioters set light to a barricade of cars with petrol bombs and began looting shops in the area.

28 Sept, 1987 - US Captures Iranian Mine Layer
September 28th, 1987 : The US Navy has captured an Iranian ship caught laying mines in the Persian Gulf and released the 26 surviving crewman to Iranian officials and have now blown up the ship ensuring it will not be able to lay further mines in the area.

28 Sept, 1994 - Sweden Estonia Sinks
1994 : 852 people die when the Car and Passenger Ferry the Estonia sinks in the Baltic.

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28 Sept, 1995 - Bosnia Russian Peace Keeping Force
September 28th, 1995 : Russian President Boris Yeltsin has offered to put a Russian Peace keeping force in former Yugoslavia working alongside NATO Forces providing NATO stops bombing Serb forces.

28 Sept, 1995 - Self Rule Agreed On West Bank
1995 : The Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat have signed a deal in Washington giving Palestinians Self Rule in the West Bank.

28 Sept, 2000 - Riots In Jerusalem
September 28th, 2000 : The hard line Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon sparked a riot during a tour of the compound around Al-Aqsa mosque. Soon after the tour began protesters gathered in large numbers hurling stones and other missiles and the Israeli police answered with tear gas and rubber-coated bullets. The site of the Al Aqsa mosque and its compound, is known as Temple Mount to Jews and Haram al Sharif to Muslims, and is sacred to both religions and is the center of controversy over Jerusalem because of it's sacred place in both religions.

28 Sept, 2003 - Italy Most of Country Without Power
2003 : A power outage has blacked out close to 90% of the country of Italy, the power cut left thousands stranded on trains and in elevators. The Italian national grid authority has blamed the blackout on a malfunction of supply lines from France, but Italy does have a long term problem where the growth of demand for power is outstripping supply.

28 Sept, 2004 - World Oil Price Drops
September 28th, 2004 : The price of a barrel of oil appears to be retreating from it's peak of over $50.00 a barrel bringing some comfort around the world. The price has nearly doubled in a short period bringing concerns over the effect on inflation and the danger of a global recession. Much of the pressure was taken off when the worlds biggest oil exporter agreed to raise production capacity by 1.5 million barrels a day. (Crude Oil Peaked at $147 in July 2008 Price September 2008 $105 barrel)

28 Sept, 2006 - Russia Empress Maria Fyodorvna
2006 : Empress Maria Fyodorvna was reburied in St. Petersburg as per her last wishes. The empress was the mother of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II. After the communist revolution she was exiled and fled to her birthplace, Denmark, she died in 1928.

28 Sept, 2009 - Iran Missile Tests
September 28th, 2009 : The country of Iran successfully tested long-rang missiles amid controversy over the country’s nuclear enrichment program. The missiles have the potential to reach US military bases in the region and Israel.

28 Sept, 2009 - Guinea Human Rights Protesters
2009 : A human rights group reported that some 157 people were killed in Guinea when troops fired on protesters. The protests drew about 50,000 people who opposed the rumored presidential campaign of Captain Camara. There were also reports that the troops started looting and sexually assaulted women.

28 Sept, 2011 - Japan Boeing 787 Dreamliner
September 28th, 2011 : The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives in Tokyo, Japan, to commence service with All Nippon Airways. The 787 Dreamliner is believed to be the worlds most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials.

28 Sept, 2012 - President Obama Blocks Chinese Wind Farms
2012 : President Obama has blocked a Chinese firm from being able to build wind farms in Oregon because of security concerns. The wind farm projects would be near a naval facility.

28 Sept, 2013 - Children Saved in Trafficking Ring
September 28th, 2013 : Police in China have saved ninety-two children who were abducted by a suspected trafficking ring. They were holding over three-hundred people who were suspected members of the ring. The operation took place in eleven provinces in the country and was a coordinated effort by police.

Born This Day In History 28th September

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Naomi Watts
Born: 28th September 1968 Shoreham, Kent, England
Known For : Naomi Ellen Watts is a British Born Actress who has starred in a number of movies including 21 Grams, Remake of King Kong, Mulholland Drive and Ned Kelly.

Hillary Duff
Born: 28th September 1987 Houston, Texas, USA
Known For : Hillary Duff an American actress, pop singer / songwriter with a number of movies to her credit including the Lizzie McGuire Movie and Cheaper By The Dozen. Her singing career includes a number of albums including three platinum albums Metamorphosis, Hilary Duff and Most Wanted.

This Week In History 39

September 27th to October 3rd
1908 The Ford Model T introduced to the public
1910 Los Angeles Times building is bombed
1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic
1918 Lawrence of Arabia Forces capture Damascus from Turkish forces
1921 Famine Grips Russia
1924 First Round The World Flight takes 175 days
1928 Alexander Fleming Discovers Penicillin
1936 Spanish Civil War.
1938 RMS Queen Elizabeth Launched
1939 Poland Surrenders To Germany World War II
1944 Warsaw Uprising Ends
1946 Greece Civil War
1946 Mensa Created
1949 Miners Strike U.S.A.
1949 Berlin Airlift Ends After agreement reached
1952 Great Britain Introduces Tea Rations
1955 "The Mickey Mouse Club" begins on ABC
1955 James Dean Dies In Car Crash
1956 Cyprus Under Marshal Law
1957 Asian Flu Vaccine Issued
1959 Typhoon Vera Strikes Honshu , Japan
1962 First Broadcast Of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
1962 Take Home Pay $94.87 A Week
1963 The US population is recorded at 190,000,000
1963 Sabin oral Polio Vaccine commences countrywide U.S.A.
1964 The Warren commission publishes official verdict for assassination of President John F. Kennedy
1964 The first Buffalo Wings are made at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York
1964 Shinkansen network of high-speed railway lines opens in Japan
1968 The American musical "Hair" opens in Londons West End
1968 Mexico Student Riots
1970 President Abdel Nasser's Dies
1971 Miners and longshoremen Strike
1971 Walt Disney World Resort Opens Orlando
1975 "Thrilla in Manilla" match Muhammad Ali beats Joe Fraser
1975 Spaghetti House Siege In London
1977 More Gas Stations Appearing with self service pumps
1980 Iran / Iraq War
1981 Sandra Day O'Connor becomes first female U.S. Supreme Court justice in history
1982 Epcot Opens Orlando , Florida
1982 Tylenol Capsule Laced with Cyanide poison Chicago, Illinois
1985 Soweto Riots South Africa
1985 Brixton Toxteth and Peckham Riots In UK
1994 Car and Passenger Ferry the Estonia sinks
1995 OJ Simpson Trial For Murder ends with 'not guilty' verdict
1997 Fen-phen Withdrawn
1998 Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals breaks Record
1998 US first budget surplus in almost thirty years
2002 Sniper Attacks "Beltway Sniper." Washington DC
2003 Italy Power Black Out
2005 Suicide Bombers Strike Bali
2005 The IRA gives up its weapons In Peace Agreement
2005 Bird Flu Outbreak Hong Kong
2005 Ethan Allen capsizes on Lake George
2007 Saffron Revolution Burma
2008 $700 billion bailout for financial institutions Signed Into Law By President Bush
2009 Earthquake Sumatra

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