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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, September  27, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Sept. 27, 1996, the Taliban, a band of former seminary students, drove the government of Afghani President Burhanuddin Rabbani out of Kabul, captured the capital and executed former leader Najibullah.
 
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On this date in:
1540Pope Paul III issued a papal bull establishing the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, as a religious order.
1825The first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson in England.
1928The United States recognized the Nationalist Chinese government.
1939Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II.
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1954"Tonight!" hosted by Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC-TV.
1964The Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy.
1990The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Supreme Court nomination of David H. Souter.
1991The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked, 7-7, on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
1994More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the "Contract with America," a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the U.S. House.
1998Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his record-setting 69th and 70th home runs in the last game of the season.
1999Tiger Stadium closed after 87 years as home of baseball's Detroit Tigers.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow turns 44 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Jayne MeadowsActress97
Wilford BrimleyActor82
Randy BachmanRock singer, musician (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)73
Meat LoafRock singer69
Liz TorresActress69
Mike SchmidtBaseball Hall of Famer67
Shaun CassidySinger58
Lil' WayneRapper34
Rock singer Avril Lavigne turns 32 years old today.
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