Today in History
Today is Sunday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2013. There are 93 days left in the year.
Today in History:
On Sept. 29
In 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
In 1862, Prussia's newly appointed minister-president, Otto von Bismarck, delivered a speech to the country's parliament in which he declared the issue of German unification would be decided "not through speeches and majority decisions" but by "iron and blood (Eisen und Blut)." (Some references give the date of this speech as Sept. 30, 1862.)
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 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 1986, the Soviet Union released Nicholas Daniloff, an American journalist confined on spying charges.
In 1987, Henry Ford II, longtime chairman of Ford Motor Co., died in Detroit at age 70.
In 2001, President George W. Bush condemned Afghanistan's Taliban rulers for harboring Osama bin Laden and his followers as the United States pressed its military and diplomatic campaign against terror.
In 2005, John G. Roberts Jr. was sworn in as the nation's 17th chief justice after winning Senate confirmation.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Lizabeth Scott is 92. Conductor Richard Bonynge is 83. 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. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is 71. Actor Ian McShane is 71. Jazz musician Jean-Luc Ponty is 71. Lech Walesa (lehk vah-WEN'-sah), the former president of Poland, is 70. Television-film composer Mike Post is 69. Actress Patricia Hodge is 67. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 65. Rock singer-musician Mark Farner is 65. Rock singer-musician Mike Pinera is 65. Country singer Alvin Crow is 63. Actor Drake Hogestyn is 60. 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.
In entertainment history, on Sept. 29,
In 1959, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" made its premiere on CBS.
In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, while trying to shoot at a soda bottle with a .357 Magnum. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within city limits.
In 1977, James Brown's band walked out on him in Hallendale, Florida, complaining that he underpaid them.
In 1989, Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of slapping a police officer during a stop in Beverly Hills.