Once Upon A Time – Sept 29 – 1829 – First Units Of London Metropolitan Police Appear On Streets Of British Capital, City’s 1st Modern Police Force

480 BC Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I

522 BC Darius I of Persia kills Magian usurper Gaumâta, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire

1567 War of Religion breaks out in France – Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX

1829 The first units of the London Metropolitan Police appear on the streets of the British capital, the city’s 1st modern police force

2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, its largest single-day point loss, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual

HISTORICAL EVENTS TODAY

TODAY IN FILM & TV

1948 “Hamlet” directed by and starring Laurence Olivier’s opens at Park Avenue Cinema (Best Picture 1949)

TODAY IN MUSIC

1984 “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince Rogers Nelson and Revolution peaks at #1

TODAY IN SPORT

1954 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz’ 460′ drive during Game One of the World Series

1916

American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world’s first billionaire

1972

Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense, is almost thrown overboard on a ferry by an artist wanting to confront him on his role in escalating US involvement in the Vietnam war (no charges pressed)

FAMOUS WEDDINGS

1818 Inventor Samuel Morse (27) weds Lucretia Walker in Concord, New Hampshire

1844 New York Politician Boss Tweed (21) weds Mary Jane C. Skaden

1926 Canadian-American actress Norma Shearer weds film producer Irving Thalberg

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