What Happened On This Day – September 28

  • 2008 Falcon 1 is launched

    Falcon 1, the first privately supported and funded spacecraft, was launched into space on its fourth attempt by SpaceX.

  • 1995 Israel and PLO Sign the Oslo II Accords

    The Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, also known as the Taba Agreement, divided Gaza and West Bank into 3 areas and gave limited control over some of these areas to the Palestinians. The Accord, which was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, also called for Palestinian elections.

  • 1980 Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage Makes its Debut

    The widely popular 13-episode science television documentary series was broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service. It was presented by astronomer Carl Sagan and written by Ann Druyan, Sagan, and Steven Soter. It was, and remains, one of the most-watched science-based TV documentaries.

  • 1961 Dissolution of the United Arab Republic

    A coup in Damascus led to the dissolution of the United Arab Republic, which was a short-lived union between Syria and Egypt.

  • 1924 First Flight Around the World

    On April 6, 1924, 4 teams of pilots from the United States Army, Air Service set out from Seattle, Washington in an attempt to circumnavigate the world. The 4 Douglas World Cruiser planes were named Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and New Orleans. 175 days later, Chicago and New Orleans touched down in Seattle – Boston, and Seattle did not complete the 27,500-mile journey around the world.

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