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What memorable events happened on September 29th:

 

  1789 - The U.S. War Department first establishes regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

 

  1907 - The cornerstone is laid at Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. capital.

 

  1918 - The Hindenburg Line is broken by Allied forces during World War I.

 

  1943 - U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson off the shore of Malta.

 

  1954 New York Giants centerfielder Willie Mays made a running catch with his back to home plate on a 450-foot blast by Cleveland Indians batter Vic Wertz in the opening game of the World Series. It is widely considered to be the greatest catch ever made.

 

  1957, the New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1.

 

  2004 - The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight, thereby halfway to winning the prize.

 

  2005 - US Senate confirms John Roberts to be the next Chief Justice of the United States.

 2006 -  Sam Sax turns 100 

 

Who was born on this day:

 

  1547 - Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author (d. 1616)

 

  1758 - Horatio Nelson, British admiral (d. 1805)

 

  1901 - Enrico Fermi, Italian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1954)

 

  1904 - Greer Garson, British actress (d. 1996)

 

  1906  Samuel E. Sax Colonel US Army (retired) father of Richard & Steve

 

  1907 - Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and businessman (d. 1998)

 

  1913 - Trevor Howard, English actor (d. 1988)

 

  1913 - Stanley Kramer, American film director (d. 2001)

 

1921  Judith M. Rubinstein mother of Dick, Edward & Janet

 

  1931 - Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress

 

  1942 - Madeline Kahn, American actress (d. 1999)

 

  1942 - Ian McShane, British actor

 

  1943 - Lech Wałęsa, President of Poland, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

 

  1948 - Bryant Gumbel, American television personality

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