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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, September  29, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Sept. 29, 2008, the Dow Jones industrial average fell a record 777.68 points after the House defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue plan for the nation's financial system.
 
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On this date in:
1789The U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
1918Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough on the Hindenburg Line during World War I.
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1954New 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 Game 1 of the World Series.
Audio LinkSportscaster Jack Brickhouse makes the call
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1957Baseball's New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds before moving to San Francisco for the next season.
1978Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment a little more than one month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
2000Israeli riot police stormed a major Jerusalem shrine and opened fire on stone-throwing Muslim worshippers, killing four Palestinians and wounding 175.
2005John Roberts was sworn in as the nation's 17th chief justice.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Zachary Levi ("Chuck") turns 36 years old.
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NameProfessionAge
Anita EkbergActress85
Jerry Lee LewisRock singer, musician81
Bill NelsonU.S. senator, D-Fla.74
Jean-Luc PontyJazz violinist74
Bryant GumbelTV personality68
Gwen IfillBroadcast journalist61
Andrew "Dice" ClayComedian59
Roger BartActor54
Jill WhelanActress ("The Love Boat")50
Erika EleniakActress47
Brad CotterCountry singer ("Nashville Star")46
Kevin DurantBasketball player28
Phillip PhillipsSinger ("American Idol")26
Actor Ian McShane ("Deadwood") turns 74 years old today.
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