|September 28 in recent years
September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 94 days remaining until the end of the year.
- 48 BC - Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.
- 351 - Battle of Mursa Major: the Roman Emperor Constantius II defeats the usurper Magnentius.
- 365 - Roman usurper Procopius bribes two legions passing by Constantinople, and proclaims himself Roman emperor.
- 935 - Saint Wenceslas is murdered by his brother, Boleslav I of Bohemia.
- 995 - Members of Slavník's dynasty - Spytimír, Pobraslav, Pořej and Čáslav are murdered by Boleslaus's son, Boleslaus II the Pious.
- 1066 - William the Conqueror invades England: the Norman Conquest begins.
- 1106 - The Battle of Tinchebrai - Henry I of England defeats his brother, Robert Curthose.
- 1322 - Louis IV defeats Frederick I of Austria in the Battle of Mühldorf.
- 1448 - Christian I is crowned king of Denmark.
- 1542 - Navigator Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrives as what is now San Diego, California, United States.
- 1708 - Peter the Great defeats the Swedes at the Battle of Lesnaya.
- 1779 - American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
- 1781 - American forces backed by a French fleet begin the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, during the American Revolutionary War.
- 1787 - The newly completed United States Constitution is voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state legislatures for approval.
- 1844 - Oscar I of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
- 1867 - Toronto becomes the capital of Ontario.
- 1867 - The United States takes control of Midway Island.
- 1868 - Battle of Alcolea causes Queen Isabella II of Spain to flee to France.
- 1871 - Brazil passes law freeing future children of slavery.
- 1889 - The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defines the length of a meter as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, measured at the melting point of ice.
- 1928 - UK passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.
- 1939 - Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a division of Poland after their invasion during World War II.
- 1939 - Warsaw surrenders to Nazi Germany during World War II.
- 1941 - Major League Baseball: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hits a batting average of .406 that was originally at .3995. He is the last player to have a batting average of .400 or better.
- 1944 - Battle of Arnhem - Germans defeat British airborne at Arnhem, Netherlands.
- 1944 - Soviet Army troops liberate Klooga concentration camp in Klooga, Estonia.
- 1958 - France ratifies a new Constitution of France; the French Fifth Republic is then formed upon the formal adoption of the new constitution on October 4. Guinea rejects the new constitution, voting for independence instead.
- 1961 - A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.
- 1962 - Paddington tram depot fire destroys 65 trams in Brisbane, Australia.
- 1971 - UK passes the Misuse of Drugs Act banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
- 1973 - ITT Building in New York City bombed to protest ITT's involvement in the September 11 1973 coup d'état in Chile.
- 1994 - The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.
- 1995 - Bob Denard and a group of mercenaries take the islands of Comoros in a coup.
- 2000 - Al-Aqsa Intifada: Arial Sharon visits the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
- 2004 - An expected but overdue magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits Parkfield, California
- 551 BC - Confucius, Chinese philosopher (d. 479 BC)
- 58 BC - Livia Drusilla, wife of the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus (d. 29)
- 1330 - Nicolas Flamel, famous french alchemist (d. 1417?)
- 1493 - Agnolo Firenzuola, Italian poet (d. 1545)
- 1605 - Ismael Bullialdus, French astronomer (d. 1694)
- 1667 - Asano Naganori, Japanese warlord (d. 1701)
- 1681 - Johann Mattheson, German composer (d. 1764)
- 1705 - Henry Fox, English statesman (d. 1774)
- 1746 - Sir William Jones, English philologist (d. 1794)
- 1803 - Prosper Mérimée, French author (d. 1870)
- 1821 - Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (d. 1874)
- 1823 - Alexandre Cabanel, French painter (d. 1889)
- 1824 - Francis Turner Palgrave, British critic and poet (d. 1897)
- 1836 - Thomas Crapper, English inventor (d. 1910)
- 1841 - Georges Clemenceau, French politician (d. 1929)
- 1852 - Henri Moissan, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1907)
- 1856 - Kate Douglas Wiggin, American children's author (d. 1923)
- 1861 - Amélie of Orléans, queen of Portugal (d. 1951)
- 1867 - Kiichiro Hiranuma, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1952)
- 1881 - Pedro de Cordoba, American actor (d. 1950)
- 1887 - Avery Brundage, American athlete and sports official (d. 1975)
- 1889 - Jack Fournier, baseball player (d. 1973)
- 1891 - Myrtle Gonzalez, American actress (d. 1918)
- 1893 - Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (d. 1984)
- 1898 - Carl Clauberg, Nazi doctor (d. 1957)
- 1901 - William S. Paley, American radio and television executive (d. 1990)
- 1901 - Ed Sullivan, American television show host (d. 1974)
- 1905 - Max Schmeling, German boxer (d. 2005)
- 1907 - Heikki Savolainen, Finnish gymnast (d. 1997)
- 1907 - Bhagat Singh - Indian Freedom Fighter
- 1909 - Al Capp, American cartoonist (d. 1979)
- 1913 - Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss artist and illustrator
- 1915 - Ethel Rosenberg, American Communist (d. 1953)
- 1916 - Peter Finch, English-born actor (d. 1977)
- 1918 - Ángel Labruna, Argentinian football player and coach (d. 1983)
- 1923 - John Scott, British politician (d. 2007)
- 1923 - William Windom, American actor
- 1924 - Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (d. 1996)
- 1925 - Seymour Cray, American computer scientist (d. 1996)
- 1925 - Cromwell Everson, South African composer (d. 1991)
- 1925 - Arnold Stang, American actor
- 1926 - Jerry Clower, American comedian (d. 1998)
- 1929 - Lata Mangeshkar, Indian playback singer
- 1932 - Víctor Jara, Chilean folk singer, theatre director, and political activist (d. 1973)
- 1933 - Miguel Berrocal, Sculptor (d. 2006)
- 1934 - Brigitte Bardot, French actress
- 1934 - Janet Munro, British actress (d. 1972)
- 1937 - Alice Mahon, English politician and labor leader
- 1937 - Rod Roddy, American television announcer (d. 2003)
- 1938 - Ben E. King, American r&b singer
- 1939 - Stuart Kauffman, American biologist
- 1941 - Edmund Stoiber, German politician
- 1942 - Marshall Bell, American actor
- 1942 - Pierre Clémenti, French actor (d. 1999)
- 1943 - Joel Higgins, American actor
- 1943 - Nick St. Nicholas, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf)
- 1943 - J. T. Walsh, American actor (d. 1998)
- 1946 - Helen Shapiro, English singer
- 1946 - Jeffrey Jones, American actor
- 1947 - Bob Carr, Former Premier of New South Wales
- 1947 - Sheikh Hasina, Former Prime Minister of Bangladesh
- 1950 - John Sayles, American director and screenwriter
- 1950 - Laurie Lewis, American musician
- 1951 - Wei Chen, Canadian journalist
- 1952 - Sylvia Kristel, Dutch actress
- 1954 - Steve Largent, American football player and U.S. Congressman
- 1954 - George Lynch, American musician (Dokken)
- 1955 - Stéphane Dion, Canadian politician
- 1960 - Jennifer Rush, American pop singer
- 1961 - Quentin Kawananakoa, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii
- 1962 - Grant Fuhr, Canadian hockey player
- 1964 - Claudio Borghi, Argentine football manager (Colo-Colo)
- 1964 - Laura Cerón, American actress
- 1964 - Janeane Garofalo, American actress and comedian
- 1966 - Puri Jagannadh, Indian film director
- 1967 - Mira Sorvino, American actress
- 1967 - Moon Unit Zappa, American singer and actress
- 1968 - Mika Häkkinen, Finnish 2 time Formula 1 World Champion
- 1968 - Naomi Watts, English-born actress
- 1969 - Nico Vaesen, Belgian footballer
- 1969 - Mark Everett, former child actor, now fugitive
- 1969 - Éric Lapointe, Canadian singer
- 1970 - Mike DeJean, American baseball player
- 1970 - Gualter Salles, Brazilian racing driver
- 1971 - Alan Wright, English footballer
- 1972 - Dita Von Teese, American burlesque artist
- 1973 - Jori Hulkkonen, Finnish electronic musician
- 1973 - Brian Rafalski, American ice hockey player
- 1974 - Shane Webcke, retired Australian and QLD Rugby League Player and former Brisbane Bronco
- 1974 - Mariya Kiselyova, Russian swimmer
- 1974 - Joonas Kolkka, Finnish footballer
- 1975 - Lenny Krayzelburg, American swimmer
- 1976 - Fedor Emelianenko, Russian mixed martial artist
- 1977 - Young Jeezy, American Rapper
- 1977 - Se Ri Pak, Korean golfer
- 1978 - Bushido, German rapper
- 1979 - Bam Margera, American skateboarder
- 1981 - José Calderón, Spanish basketball player
- 1981 - Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian footballer
- 1981 - Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress
- 1981 - Iracema Trevisan, Brazilian musician (CSS)
- 1982 - Dustin Penner, Canadian hockey player
- 1982 - Ray Emery, Canadian hockey player
- 1982 - Emeka Okafor, American basketball player
- 1982 - Anderson Varejão, Brazilian basketball player
- 1982 - Ranbir Kapoor, Indian Actor
- 1982 - Nolwenn Leroy, French Singer
- 1983 - Stefan Moore, English footballer
- 1984 - Ryan Zimmerman, American baseball player
- 1984 - Melody Thornton, American singer and dancer
- 1986 - Andres Guardado, Mexican footballer
- 1987 - Hilary Duff, American actress, singer
- 1988 - Esmée Denters, Dutch singer
- 1988 - Aleks Vrteski, Australian footballer
- 1989 - Mark Randall, English footballer
- 1992 - Skye McCole Bartusiak, American actress
- 48 BC - Pompey, Roman general and politician (b. 106 BC)
- 235 - Saint Pontianus, Pope
- 876 - Louis the German, King of Eastern Francia (b. 804)
- 935 - Wenceslaus I (b. 907)
- 1104 - Pedro I, king of Aragon and Navarre (b. 1068)
- 1197 - Henry VI (b. 1165)
- 1429 - Cymburgis of Masovia, wife of Duke Ernest of Austria
- 1582 - George Buchanan, Scottish historian (b. 1506)
- 1618 - Joshua Sylvester, English poet (b. 1563)
- 1687 - Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (b. 1623)
- 1694 - Gabriel Mouton, French scientist (b. 1618)
- 1702 - Robert Spencer, English statesman (b. 1640)
- 1742 - Jean Baptiste Massillon, French churchman (b. 1663)
- 1781 - William Henry Nassau de Zuylestein, British diplomat and statesman (b. 1717)
- 1844 - Pyotr Aleksandrovich Tolstoy, Russian general and statesman (b. 1769)
- 1873 - Émile Gaboriau, French writer and journalist (b. 1832)
- 1891 - Herman Melville, American novelist (b. 1819)
- 1895 - Louis Pasteur, French scientist (b. 1822)
- 1914 - Richard Sears, businessman (Sears) (b. 1863)
- 1915 - Saitou Hajime, 3rd squad leader of the Shinsengumi died under name of Goro Fujita (b. 1844)
- 1918 - Georg Simmel, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1858)
- 1918 - Freddie Stowers, American soldier (b. 1896)
- 1935 - W.K. Dickson, Scottish inventor (b. 1860)
- 1953 - Edwin Hubble, American astronomer (b. 1889)
- 1956 - William Edward Boeing, American aviation pioneer (b. 1881)
- 1959 - Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
- 1964 - Harpo Marx, American comedian and actor (b. 1888)
- 1966 - André Breton, French poet (b. 1896)
- 1970 - John Dos Passos, American novelist (b. 1896)
- 1970 - Gamal Abdel Nasser, the second President of Egypt (b. 1918)
- 1978 - Pope John Paul I (b. 1912)
- 1979 - John Herbert Chapman, Canadian physicist (b. 1921)
- 1981 - Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (b. 1908)
- 1982 - Mabel Albertson, American actress (b. 1901)
- 1988 - Charles Addams, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
- 1989 - Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines (b. 1917)
- 1991 - Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1926)
- 1993 - Peter De Vries, American novelist (b. 1910)
- 1993 - Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
- 1994 - José Francisco Ruiz Massieu, Mexican politician (assassinated) (b. 1946)
- 1994 - Harry Saltzman, American film producer (b. 1915)
- 2000 - Pierre Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1919)
- 2002 - Patsy Mink, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1927)
- 2002 - Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens) (b. 1907)
- 2003 - Althea Gibson, American tennis player (b. 1927)
- 2003 - Elia Kazan, Greek-born American film director (b. 1909)
- 2003 - George Odlum, Saint Lucian politician (b. 1934)
- 2004 - Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (b. 1924)
- 2004 - Scott Muni, American disc jockey (b. 1930)
- 2005 - Constance Baker Motley, American judge (b. 1921)
Holidays and observances
107 Familypedia people were born on September 28
134 Familypedia people died on September 28
109 Familypedia people were first married on September 28