Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 28


1902 - The French novelist Emile Zola died.

1939 - Warsaw, Poland surrenders to Germans after weeks of resistance.

1964 - Arthur "Harpo" Marx died. He played a mute in the Marx Brothers films, using a taxi horn to communicate.

1970 - The Egyptian statesman Gamal Abdel Nasser died. He staged a coup against the monarchy in 1952, named himself prime minister two years later and was elected president in 1956.

1972 - Team Canada ice hockey players score winning goal in series against Team USSR.

1978 - Pope John Paul I died after only 33 days in office. He was succeeded by John Paul II.

1978 - P.W. Botha was elected prime minister of South Africa.

1994 - In Europe's worst peacetime maritime disaster, 852 people drowned when the ferry Estonia sank about 20 miles from the Finnish island of Utoe, en route from Tallinn to Stockholm.

1995 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed an accord at White House ceremonies establishing Palestinian self-rule in most of the West Bank.

2000 - Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who led the country for 16 years, died in Montreal at the age of 80.

2003 - Althea Gibson, the first black tennis player to win the Wimbledon and U.S. national championships, died aged 76.


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