This Day in History: September 29, 2017

Sofia Fernandez, Features Editor

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1399-King Richard II becomes the first English monarch to abdicate his throne

1567-War of Religion breaks out in France as the Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX

1789-United States War Department officially establishes a national, regular army

1793-Tennis is first mentioned as an official sport in an English sporting magazine

1849-The first passenger train service arrives to Peekskill, New York along the newly established New Haven Railroad

1880-1st pro baseball game at the Polo Grounds, New York Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings

1885-The first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in England

1893-New Zealand officially grants the right to vote for women

1911-Italy officially declares war on the nation state of Turkey, signifying the beginning of the Italo-Turkish War

1915-Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta

1915-first transcontinental radio telephone message is sent from the United States

1924-The country of Santo Domingo officially becomes a member of the global organization of the League of Nations

1936-The new invention of the radio is used for first time during the presidential campaign

1960-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupts meeting of the UN General Assembly demanding UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold be replaced

1983-The War Powers Act was used for the first time by the U.S. Congress in the authorization of President Reagan keeping U.S. Marines in Lebanon for an additional 18 months

1988-The space shuttle Discovery was launched, the first American staffed space flight since the Challenger disaster.

1994-The U.S. House voted to end the practice of lobbyist buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress

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This Day in History: September 29, 2017