Historical Political Events for September 28

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Year Event
1066 Claiming his right to the English throne, William, duke of Normandy, invades England at Pevensey on Britain's southeast coast. His subsequent defeat of King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings marked the beginning of a new era in British history. His brutal subjugation of the English resulted in over 300,000 people murdered and starved (one fifth of the population) and some 300,000 French and Normans were planted in England in positions of authority. More here.
1480 Courting public opinion, Ferdinand and Isabella (with papal permission) established the Inquisition, ecclesiastical tribunals to judge “heretical depravity... to search out and punish converts from Judaism who had transgressed against Christianity by secretly adhering to Jewish beliefs and performing Jewish rites.” (The Encyclopedia of World History, Sixth Edition, Peter N. Stearns, General Editor)
1850 Swamp Land Act was enacted which gave "swamp and overflowed lands, which maybe unfit for cultivation" to certain states. This vague definition was a precursor to the modern version, "wetlands", which is even more vague. The result was thousands of cases of litigation but little improvement to the land.
1967 Walter Washington elected 1st mayor of Washington, DC. Later, the city is given home rule which turns out to be a disaster. The city is bankrupt, corrupt, full or crime and poverty. It is also our nation's capital.
1995 In a sweeping indictment of one of the nation's most overreaching and vindictive property forfeiture zealots, on September 28 a federal grand jury in Newark NJ charged Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas L. Bissell, Jr. with 30 counts of criminal activity. More on the government's abusive Forfeiture program is online here.
1998 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (announced in the CBD): From the EPA, "ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY SERVICES", AMT $9,000,000, TO KEMRON ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC., 8150 LEESBURG PIKE, SUITE 1200, VIENNA, VA 22182. [In spite of its huge size, this much overworked agency, the EPA, still needs a little help from the disadvantaged who camp on the Beltway.]
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Quote of
the Day
There are a billion people in China. It’s not easy to be an individual in a crowd of more than a billion people. Think of it. More than a BILLION people. That means even if you’re a one-in-a-million type of guy, there are still a thousand guys exactly like you.
    — A. Whitney Brown
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