September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years). There are 94 days remaining.
48 BC - Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt. May have occurred September 29, records unclear.
1066 - William the Conqueror invades England: Battle of Hastings
1106 - The Battle of Tinchebrai - Henry I of England defeats his brother, Robert Curthose
1542 - Navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrives as what is now San Diego
1708 - Peter the Great defeats the Swedes at the Battle of Lesnaya
1781 - American forces backed by a French fleet begin the siege of Yorktown Heights, Virginia during the American Revolutionary War.
1787 - The just completed United States Constitution is voted on by the US Congress to be sent to the State legislatures for approval.
1821 - Mexico signs its final Declaration of Independence.
1867 - Toronto, Ontario becomes the capital of Canada
1868 - Battle of Alcolea, causes Queen Isabella II of Spain to flee to France
1871 - Brazil passes law freeing future children of slaves
1934 - Ocean liner RMS Queen Mary launched at Clydebank
1939 - Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a division of Poland after their invasion during World War II
1944 - Battle of Arnhem - Germans defeat British airborne at Arnhem, Netherlands
1958 - Guinea votes for independence from France
1961 - Syria withdraws from the United Arab Republic
1973 - ITT Building in New York City bombed to protest ITT's involvement in the September 11 Coup in Chile.
1994 - The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea, killing 852.
2000 - Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau dies
1746 - Sir William Jones, linguist
1803 - Prosper Mérimée, author († 1870)
1841 - Georges Clemenceau, French politician († 1929)
1887 - Avery Brundage, Olympic Games president († 1975)
1901 - Ed Sullivan, TV show host († 1974)
1901 - William S. Paley, television pioneer († 1990)
1905 - Max Schmeling, boxer
1909 - Al Capp, cartoonist († 1979)
1915 - Ethel Rosenberg, spy († 1953)
1916 - Peter Finch, actor († 1977)
1924 - Marcello Mastroianni, actor († 1996)
1925 - Seymour Cray, computer scientist († 1996)
1926 - Jerry Clower, country music entertainer
1934 - Brigitte Bardot, actress
1935 - KoKo Taylor, jazz singer
1937 - Rod Roddy, television announcer († 2003)
1938 - Ben E. King, singer, songwriter
1947 - Jeffrey Jones, actor
1950 - John Sayles, director, screenwriter
1952 - Sylvia Kristel, actress
1964 - Janeane Garofalo, actress, comedian
1968 - Naomi Watts, actress
1967 - Moon Unit Zappa, singer, actress
1967 - Mira Sorvino, actress
1970 - Isabelle Brasseur, figure skating champion
1972 - Gwyneth Paltrow, actress
1891 - Herman Melville, novelist
1895 - Louis Pasteur, scientist
1902 - Emile Zola, novelist and critic
1964 - Harpo Marx, comedian and actor
1970 - John Dos Passos, novelist.
1970 - Gamal Abdal Nasser, first president of Egypt
1978 - Pope John Paul I
1989 - Ferdinand Marcos, former president of the Philippines
1991 - Miles Davis, musician
2000 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 80, fifteenth Prime Minister of Canada
2003 - Althea Gibson, African-American tennis pioneer
2003 - Yukichi Chuganji, 114 years
2003 - Elia Kazan, movie and theatre director
Holidays and observances
September 27 - September 29 - August 28 - October 28 - more historical anniversaries
See also: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December - more historical anniversaries