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      This Day in History: September 28

      Featured Biography

      élie, Duc Decazes
      French politician
      Sheikh Hasina Wazed
      prime minister of Bangladesh
      Brigitte Bardot
      French actress
      Lata Mangeshkar
      Indian singer
      Peter Finch
      British actor
      Max Schmeling
      German boxer

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      Shimon Peres
      Polish-born Israeli statesman Shimon Peres—who served as prime minister (1984–86 and 1995–96) and president (2007–14) of Israel and shared the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1994 for helping to negotiate the Oslo Accords (the historic Israeli-PLO peace agreement of 1993)—died in Ramat Gan. Take our quiz about the Middle East
      Photograph by Pete Souza/The White House
      Falcon 1 rocket
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      Althea Gibson
      Tennis player Althea Gibson—the first African American to win singles titles at the French Open (1956), Wimbledon (1957–58), and the U.S. Open (1957–58)—died in New Jersey. How much do you know about Wimbledon?
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      Madagascar voted for autonomy within the French Community.
      Brigitte Bardot
      French actress Brigitte Bardot, who was an international sex symbol in the 1950s and '60s, was born. Test your knowledge of actors and acting quiz
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      Chicago White Sox team, 1919
      In what became known as the Black Sox Scandal, eight members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team were indicted by a grand jury on charges that they had thrown the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds in return for a bribe. Read our list of seven unsportsmanlike sportsmen
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      Using the pretext of infringement of Italian interests in the Turkish provinces of Tripolitana and Cyrenaica (Libya), the Italian government issued an ultimatum to Turkey and declared war the next day. Take our history of war quiz
      The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis
      The Siege of Yorktown began, eventually leading on October 19 to the British surrender by General Lord Cornwallis and the end of the American Revolution. How much do you know about the American Revolution?
      Architect of the Capitol
      Constantius II
      Roman Emperor Constantius II defeated the usurper Magnentius in the Battle of Mursa, the bloodiest battle of the 4th century. Test your knowledge of military history
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